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Ascent of Mount Bogong on 2021-03-20

Climber: George McManus

Date:Saturday, March 20, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bogong
    Location:Australia-Victoria
    Elevation:6516 ft / 1986 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful hike starting with fairly flat walk along Mountain Creek, reaching the base of Staircase Spur after 30 minutes (2.7km of walking).
From here, we climbed the steep Staircase Spur through the mountain forest, with progress slowing and Bivouac Hut being reached 1 hour and 45 minutes later (3.5km from base of Spur to Hut).
The most scenic part of the walk was the final push to the summit, with the 3km from Bivouac Hut to the summit taking another 1 hour and 45 minutes. The final few hundred metres of elevation are above the tree line with incredible views, only interrupted by low clouds passing over. There was a large temperature difference between the base and summit, dropping from 25 degrees Celsius to something more like 8 degrees Celsius.
Staircase Spur is consistently steep the whole way up but the path is easy to follow, with notable changes in vegetation from Mountain Creek to the summit. The way down was not difficult but seemed to take forever, a reminder of the scale of the climb.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4547 ft / 1385 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.4 mi / 18.4 km
    Route:Staircase Spur
    Trailhead:Mountain Creek Camping Area  1969 ft / 600 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Smoky, low cloud at summit
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes



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