Walhalla - Mt St Gwinear (AAWT) in sept?

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Walhalla - Mt St Gwinear (AAWT) in sept?

Postby drakkar » Tue 30 Jun, 2020 3:01 pm

Starting to work towards ticking off a couple of more adventures. Introducing myself to overnight/all day snow on foot. and starting project of the AAWT as (mostly) long weekenders.

My current window around kids, family and work is early September.

Current plan. It's big days, which I'm comfortable with in spring and autumn. Is it too ambitious for this time of year?

Day1 Early start from Walhalla - camp at mushroom rocks. ~22km and 1200m climbing
Day2 Mushroom rocks to WhitelawHut ~18kmkm and 650m climbing ---- Backout plan if snow/weather is bad is turn back by Mt Erica.
Day 3 WhitelawHut - Stronachs 11km and 161m climbing and 500m descending.

Can anyone confirm the road condition at this time of year? It doesn't appear to be shut on parks website.
Has anyone experience with snow depths at this time of year? And will snow shoes be ok?

I have camped out a 4wd with my hiking kit in snow multiple times and smaller day trips on foot, I'm reasonably confident. Just making sure I haven't missed too much as I'm starting to second guess myself.

Bit of an Edit: I've now got a couple of others coming with me. So have shortened it up considerably.
Walhalla - Osheas
Osheas - Talbot Ruins
Talbot Ruins - Mt St Gwinear.
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Re: Walhalla - Stronachs (AAWT) in sept?

Postby Rlgm12 » Tue 30 Jun, 2020 3:32 pm

I have had trouble driving up to Mt Erica Car Park around this time. Though it was after a 15mm storm which yielded a lot of snow.

Just watch the weather conditions leading up.


Currently the walk from Walhalla up to Mushroom has been altered. The bridge over the Thompson (?) has been closed for repair.

This forces you down into the valley. Therein increasing your total climb
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Re: Walhalla - Stronachs (AAWT) in sept?

Postby keithy » Thu 02 Jul, 2020 11:14 pm

I've also experienced quite a bit of snow on Mt Erica Road in the last weeks of August and first weeks of September there.

The lowest I saw the snow there recently was the third week of August in 2017. The snow started around 800m elevation, just around the point where the AAWT meets Mt Erica Road. I hadn't seen it down that low before. Previous trips in late August and early September there was only snow at about 1100m-1200m, maybe a kilometre or so before the car park.

This is what it was like then. The xtrail didn't have its winter tyres on. But that's rare event for me anyway. I'm planning to head up that way around end of August.
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Re: Walhalla - Stronachs (AAWT) in sept?

Postby drakkar » Fri 03 Jul, 2020 8:35 am

Rlgm12 wrote:The bridge over the Thompson (?) has been closed for repair.


Thanks, good info seems it's still underway. Can do a short detour to Rawson-walhalla road.

keithy wrote:I'm planning to head up that way around end of August.


kind of what I was expecting which is nice, If you somehow manage to remember an update here would be appreciated.
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