Location: Mt Buffalo
Event Name:Mount Buffalo - Back Wall
Leader Sean Parker
Start Date: 25/11/2018 09:00
Finish Date:25/11/2018 13:30
Member Participants: 5
Guest Participants: 0
Distance/Time: 12 km/4.5 hours
Rating:Grade 3 - Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps
Points of Interest: Seeing Gang Gang cockatoos close up, beautiful clear views from the Back Wall
Mobile phone reception: Some good reception from the south side of Buffalo on Optus as line of sight was gained from towers in the valley.
Event Report: We set out on Sunday morning as part of the Hans Kaspers memorial weekend. We had long time member Marie Rule, Hans' daughter Natalie and also newer members Gayle and Mal.

It was a cool morning for walking and we made good progress across the plateau. The first part of the walk was quite easy walking as the track undulates over a series of ridges towards the south cliffs of Buffalo. The highlights were the fascinating rock formations, including tumbles of huge boulders and what seems to be precariously balanced massive rocks teetering above the track. The wildflowers were out in early summer display and there were several photo opportunities as a result. One of the highlights of the walk was a group of 5 gang gang cockatoos feeding in the snowgum canopy above the track - they seemed heedless of us as we came quite close to them as they fed on gum nuts.
This was my first sight of these cockatoos and the ostentatious ( and quite humorous) curly, vivid-red crests of the male birds was delightful.
We stopped soon afterwards for a break on a rock slab facing the Alps - this was stunning after the late snowfall of the previous week; with snow crowning Bogong, Jaithmatang, Feathertop and Hotham.
Soon thereafter we descended the massive granite slabs leading to the Back Wall and the views to the south revealed themselves. After walking through a tunnel of new snowgum growth we emerged at the back wall. My companions were grateful to realise that the views that they had missed the previous night at the (clouded-in) Buffalo Horn walk were now before them.
Of course, the requisite photos of walkers with limbs dangling over a 400m cliff were taken before the return walk.
All in all a great little walk with a fine variety of views and terrain.
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