Ferns in the Thompson Valley

Ferns in the Thompson Valley

Morning Light in mountain ash forest

Morning Light in mountain ash forest

Near Mushroom Rocks, Baw Baw NP

Near Mushroom Rocks, Baw Baw NP

Granite Boulder covered in moss, Baw Baw NP

Granite Boulder covered in moss, Baw Baw NP

The AAWT underneath the snow, Baw Baw NP

The AAWT underneath the snow, Baw Baw NP

A miniature world growing on bare rock, Baw Baw NP

A miniature world growing on bare rock, Baw Baw NP

A moody snowgum forest, Baw Baw NP

A moody snowgum forest, Baw Baw NP

An aged AAWT track marker, Baw Baw National Park

An aged AAWT track marker, Baw Baw National Park

Hard walking surface, Baw Baw NP

Hard walking surface, Baw Baw NP

An old trig marker on the summit of Mt Easton, one of the steeper climbs of the AAWT.

An old trig marker on the summit of Mt Easton, one of the steeper climbs of the AAWT.

Steep 4wd track

Steep 4wd track

Big Gums

Big Gums

The author, on top of Mt Victor, with 10 weeks remaining of the Australian Alps traverse.

The author, on top of Mt Victor, with 10 weeks remaining of the Australian Alps traverse.

AAWT SIGN

AAWT SIGN

My rucksack, holding all my essential expedition gear.

My rucksack, holding all my essential expedition gear.

Rumpff Saddle

Rumpff Saddle

A magical fabric, confining water to the outside only.

A magical fabric, confining water to the outside only.

A typical 4WD track along the route of the AAWT

A typical 4WD track along the route of the AAWT

The Governor, Victorian Alps

The Governor, Victorian Alps

Mt McDonald, with twisted snowgum in foreground, Victorian Alps

Mt McDonald, with twisted snowgum in foreground, Victorian Alps

King Billy I, Victorian Alps

King Billy I, Victorian Alps

Spring snow on the slopes of Mt King Billy I

Spring snow on the slopes of Mt King Billy I

Snowgum at sunset

Snowgum at sunset

Rock formation at the Bluff

Rock formation at the Bluff

The golden afternoon sun on Mt Eadley Stone.

The golden afternoon sun on Mt Eadley Stone.

Dead snowgums with Mt Buller's snow capped peak in the background.

Dead snowgums with Mt Buller’s snow capped peak in the background.

Snowgum, with Mt McDonald in background

Snowgum, with Mt McDonald in background

Sunsets on mountaintops is one of the most sacred experiences we can witness.

Sunsets on mountaintops is one of the most sacred experiences we can witness.

Snowgum at sunset, The Bluff, Victorian Alps

Snowgum at sunset, The Bluff, Victorian Alps

Mt Eadly Stone

Mt Eadly Stone

Sunset on Mt Buller, Victorian Alps

Sunset on Mt Buller, Victorian Alps

View from the Crosscut Saw, Victorian Alps

View from the Crosscut Saw, Victorian Alps

Misty morning at Macalister Springs

Misty morning at Macalister Springs

The Devil's Staircase, near Mt Howitt.

The Devil’s Staircase, near Mt Howitt.

The joy of breakfast!

The joy of breakfast!

The Viking, Victorian Alps

The Viking, Victorian Alps

The author, near the Viking, Victorian Alps.

The author, near the Viking, Victorian Alps.

Vallejo Gartner Hut after a snow shower.

Vallejo Gartner Hut after a snow shower.

Mt Speculation, from the Crosscut Saw.

Mt Speculation, from the Crosscut Saw.

Snowshower on Howitt

Snowshower on Howitt

Near Mt Howitt

Near Mt Howitt

The cross cut saw after some fresh snow.

The cross cut saw after some fresh snow.

Looking out from the summit of Mt Cobbler

Looking out from the summit of Mt Cobbler

Dandongdale Falls, near Lake Cobbler

Dandongdale Falls, near Lake Cobbler

Steep terrain on an adventurous side trip to photograph a waterfall

Steep terrain on an adventurous side trip to photograph a waterfall

Tent amongst the snowgums, near the summit of Mt Speculation

Tent amongst the snowgums, near the summit of Mt Speculation

A resilient snowgum survives even in the most exposed conditions.

A resilient snowgum survives even in the most exposed conditions.

Mt Speculation, Victorian Alps

Mt Speculation, Victorian Alps

Soulo under snow

Mt Eadley Stone, at sunset

Mt Eadley Stone, at sunset

An unusual boulder

An unusual boulder

Mt Magdala

Mt Magdala

Please, click on this image of an ancient snowgum to proceed to the gallery

Please, click on this image of an ancient snowgum to proceed to the gallery

Derrick Hut

Derrick Hut

Mt Feathertop in spring

Mt Feathertop in spring

The snowpoles were essential aids for navigation in the poor visibility.

The snowpoles were essential aids for navigation in the poor visibility.

Cope Saddle Hut

Cope Saddle Hut

An unlikely find on the Bogong High Plains.

An unlikely find on the Bogong High Plains.

Shelter after spring shower.

Shelter after spring shower.

Quartz Ridge, the approach to Mt Bogong.

Quartz Ridge, the approach to Mt Bogong.

Standing on the summit cairn of Mt Bogong.

Standing on the summit cairn of Mt Bogong.

The view towards Mt Beauty, from the summit of Mt Bogong, the top of Victoria

The view towards Mt Beauty, from the summit of Mt Bogong, the top of Victoria

A hungry tree.

A hungry tree.

Afternoon sun playing in the grass, near the Mitta Mitta River.

Afternoon sun playing in the grass, near the Mitta Mitta River.

Crossing the mighty Murray!

Crossing the mighty Murray!

A group hiking towards the crosscut saw

A group hiking towards the crosscut saw

View from Mt Howitt, towards the Razor and Viking.

View from Mt Howitt, towards the Razor and Viking.

Snowgum, near Mt Hotham

Snowgum, near Mt Hotham

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Frozen snowgum, near Mt Jaithmatung.

Frozen snowgum, near Mt Jaithmatung.

An afternoon lightning storm brewing.

An afternoon lightning storm brewing.

I even found an abandoned bus, decided my tent was preferable!

I even found an abandoned bus, decided my tent was preferable!

Mt Bogong, viewed from Mt Wills

Mt Bogong, viewed from Mt Wills

View from Mt Wills

View from Mt Wills

A partially frozen pond on the High Plains.

A partially frozen pond on the High Plains.

A wild horse grazing after a snow storm.

A wild horse grazing after a snow storm.

While they provided me with basic shelter, I was half surprised that these huts, with their rusted bolts and creaky corrugated iron sheets held together in the blizzard.

While they provided me with basic shelter, I was half surprised that these huts, with their rusted bolts and creaky corrugated iron sheets held together in the blizzard.