Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Craigieburn Traverse

Got out for a CVSC to Porters traverse last week. The day was nice, but snow conditions were not as good as what they were last winter when Jane, Kath, Duncan and I did the same trip.
The traverse was 2425 vertical meters and took us 4hrs51mins from the CVSC ticket office to the bottom of T1 at Porters.
Javi and Lorenzo starting out at CVSC.
Javi and Lorenzo at the top of the Hamilton Peak, first climb.
Some tricking skinning just before the top of Yukon Bowl
Lorenzo and I on top of Mt Izard. Notice the thin snow coverage.
Javi and I boot packing to the top of Mt Cloudesley.
Pretty happy with a great day in the Craigieburns. Pretty sure a sub 4hr30mins trip is doable in better conditions as the thin snow meant a lot of extra boot packing as well as slow skinning and skiing.
We were all out on the new Dy.N.A race/light weight boot from Dynafit, as well as the newly improved RC20 race pack. Javi and I also had the new Dy.N.A World Cup race ski. Glad to say all work very well, apart from the standard sore feet/blisters that is expected from new boots and big days.

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