Mt Hotham to Mt Feathertop via Razorback, Grade 4, 22km Return, Overnight Backpack CANCELLED

From April 18, 2020 10:00 am until April 19, 2020 5:00 pm
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Hotham to Mount Feathertop – Razorback Spur hike summits Mt Feathertop, the second highest mountain in Victoria and one of the most picturesque peaks in the state

  • Length: 22km
  • Duration: 7hrs
  • Grade: 3
  • Style: Return
  • Start: Diamantina Hut
  • End: Diamantina Hut
  • Closest Town: Harrietville
  • Location: Alpine National Park
  • State: VIC
  • Start time – 10am
  • START LOCATION - Diamantina Hut, Mt Hotham. Diamantina Hut, 2.5 km on the Harrietville side of the Hotham Village, Great Alphine Road.C
  • CAR POOLING - Able to take 2 people from Dis House Wodonga $25 per person
  • Summary - Mt Feathertop is probably the most appealing peak in the high country. This makes an excellent overnight hike for kids as is is not overly challenging and will give them a taste of the Victorian Alps. While there are a few steep sections, they are not long.
The Mount Feathertop – The Razorback hike summits Mt Feathertop, the second highest mountain in Victoria and one of the most picturesque peaks in the state. It is linked to the nearby Mt Hotham ski resort by The Razorback, a high narrow ridge, but otherwise surrounded by steep slopes which continue right to the summit. Unlike most nearby mountains, Mt Feathertop has steep slopes right to the top and does not have the rounded summit dome that is typical of many nearby peaks.

Federation Hut - (the overnight camp), has a wood fire and water tank, and there are plenty of great campsites outside – no camping is allowed inside the hut. There is also a composting toilet nearby.

Access and Trail Notes - It crosses the high ridge linking Mt Hotham and Mt Feathertop. The route is generally above the tree line so you will enjoy excellent views most of the way. The ridge is very exposed and should be not be crossed in unsettled or bad weather. The junction with the Bungalow Spur Track is 1.5 km from the summit at a site called The Cross. The final climb to the top is steep but well worth the effort.

Water procurement - water can be found at natural spring near site of old Feathertop hut site and Federation Hut rain tank (have found it empty after Easter Break). Recommended to start with 2 ltr water

Members need to take or organise with another member the use of their cooking equipment and provide gas canister.

Mobile Phone Coverage - Good in spots

MANDATORY GEAR: Conditions in Alpine Country can change quickly. The following gear MUST be carried. Jacket – it must be waterproof! Beanie or Buff, Gloves, Space Blanket, water purification tablets, Whistle and 2L of fluid, Food for 4 meals and snacks. We also would like you to have a phone with you at all times and ensure it is charged and has credit and personal first aid kit. 3-4 season tent, mat, sleeping bag suitable

for Alpine conditions, thermals, headlight.

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