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    Geoff Murray: Rupert Point in Tasmania

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    I have for a long time intended to visit Rupert Point in Tasmania's west coast Tarkine. I finally managed to organise driving up to Corinna, board the majestic old Arcadia II and chug the 17kms down to Pieman Heads where the skipper took me across to the northern side of the river in an inflatable dinghy.

    Pieman River, Tasmania

    I had been warned that water would be scarce and that proved to be the case. Setting up camp a couple of kilometres north of the river I had to return to a fisherman's shack at Pieman Heads and fill my water bag from the tank. The rest of the day was spent lying in my tent with the doors tied back to escape the incredibly persistent March flies that were present by the score. Fortunately my Mont Moondance II tent has excellent ventilation and allowed me to keep semi cool in the 30+ degree heat.

    Rupert Point in Tasmania

    Rupert Point in Tasmania

    Come late afternoon I packed my camera gear and wandered the couple of kilometres up to Rupert Point. This was the first time I had visited this place so I had one evening and one morning to find good viewpoints. Fortunately the light was kind to me and I found a couple of nice spots to photograph. I have seen quite a few shots of Rupert and most photographers seem to take the same image but I was keen on finding something new. The March flies hadn't gone yet so I resorted to wearing my waterproofs, Mont Latitude trousers and a Mont Lightspeed jacket so I could concentrate on taking photographs and ignore the flies. Hot, but successful :) Eventually, the March flies went. Then the mosquitoes arrived....

    Rupert Point in Tasmania

    Rupert Point in Tasmania

    I was back at my tent at 9.20pm, quickly grabbed a bit of food then hopped into my tent to escape the mosquitoes. It rained a little overnight and conditions were really nice the next morning so I walked back to Rupert Point and found another couple of nice images. Then it was back to the tent, pack everything up and walk back to Pieman Heads to wait to be picked up by the Arcadia's skipper for the return to Corinna.

    Overall, a brilliant 2 days on the west coast.

    Rupert Point in Tasmania

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  • News & Events

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    The Reel Rock 12 Trailer is here!

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    With nervous excitement we are pleased to announce that the Reel Rock 12 Trailer is here!

    And with less than a month until the Canberra screening tickets are moving quickly, get yours at the Mont Shop Fyshwick or Online.

    Get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars & sends. Four new films that'll blow minds & buckle knees, deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs & pure inspiration.

    Plus the ANU Mountaineering Club will run their gourmet BBQ fundraiser from 6pm, this year sponsored by Capital Brewing Co. with proceeds to ANUMC!

    6pm for 7pm start on the 14th of November
    National Film & Sound Archive
    Arc Cinema
    1 McCoy Circuit Acton ACT 2601

    Reel Rock 12 tickets are on sale now alongside a complete range of rock climbing hardware, footwear, clothing and adventure equipment online & in-store at the Mont Shop Fyshwick.

    The Mont Shop
    18 Pirie Street
    Fyshwick ACT 2609

    02 6162 1661
    shop@mont.com.au

    BBQ and drinks not included in ticket price

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    Backcountry snow report from Mont Ambassador Doug Chatten

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    Ski touring on the Main Range is currently in great shape! Kosciuszko Rd to Charlotte Pass is still snow bound so best access to The Western Faces is currently from Guthega. Cover is getting patchy through the trees from Farm Ck but consistent from Illawong flats onwards. Faces that are normally by now starting to get land locked like North side of Twynam, Carruthers & Sentinel country are still continuous cover.

    Doug relaxing in the dug out

     

    "Faces that are normally by now starting to get land locked like North side of Twynam, Carruthers & Sentinel country are still continuous cover"

    Just finished a four day spring mission dug into the lee side of Crags Ck saddle, skiing great lines off the Nth side of Twynam & very challenging variations in the Crags which are only skiable in good winters. Often during winter the descents in the Crags are wind scoured & not for the faint hearted. With ideal spring conditions we could really get into skiing some difficult pitches and exciting climbing. Ascending with climbing skins is not even an option & best done with crampons, a lightweight ski mountaineering axe & the Black Diamond Whippet. This handy tool is a ski pole that has an ice axe pick built into the handle & a great bit of kit to beef up your protection in exposed areas.

    Doug-cramponing-up

    On the way out climbing Mt Twynam with a loaded overnight pack I was stoked with how breathable the Mont Ascent Jacket is. My buddies made two clothing transitions while I kept the Ascent Jacket on from the start to the top of the climb. Even while working hard cramponing out of the Crags & again up the backside of Twynam the Ascent with its active cut & excellent breathability was the perfect choice.

     

    "With clear & calm skies we opted for the freedom of open air camping digging our dog boxes into the slope."

    Cramping up in the backcountry snow

    With clear & calm skies we opted for the freedom of open air camping digging our dog boxes into the slope. A kitchen, bedrooms & hardware room connected by a 15 metre terrace. Couldn’t have been toastier tucked up in my Mont Main Range sleeping bag under the stars. With excellent conditions & skiing straight out the back door there was plenty of time for lounging & back to camp for a cuppa with lunch then an arvo session of more steeps.

    the-dog-boxes-and-terrace

    Doug Chatten
    Pro Patrol & Mont Ambassador

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  • Expert outdoor advice

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    Essential Gear for Backcountry Adventures This Spring

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    Expert outdoor advice

    With spring here and the snow resorts winding down their operations you may think that the 2017 alpine season is coming to an end. Not so! The Australian Backcountry has only just gotten started. Discover the snow beyond the ski lifts and experience a richer, more rewarding alpine experience.

    Here we have compiled a list of the essential gear required for backcountry adventures be it snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice climbing or alpine touring.

    IMPORTANT
    Alpine environments are prone to rapid & extreme changes in weather conditions, having the right equipment is critical for the safety of you and your group.

    Use this list to check that you possess all the gear required for adventures into an alpine environment. For any gear that you are unsure of contact Mont Adventure Equipment, experts in alpine clothing & equipment.

    ESSENTIAL CLOTHING

    • Thermal Long Pants, Polartec/synthetic, NOT COTTON. Men's // Women's
    • Thermal Top, Polartec/synthetic, NOT COTTON. Men's // Women's
    • 1 or 2 Mid layer fleece for active use, Polartec 100 weight or Power Stretch Pro fleece, NOT
    • COTTON. Men's // Women's
    • Hooded shell jacket: Waterproof, windproof, breathable. Men's // Women's
    • Shell pants: Waterproof, windproof, breathable. Men's // Women's
    • Insulated jacket: down or synthetic. Men's // Women's
    • Warm Socks 2 pairs, NOT COTTON // Men's // Women's
    • Beanie
    • Ski gloves
    • Spare socks, NOT COTTON
    • Spare gloves

    ESSENTIAL GEAR

    OPTIONAL GEAR

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