Ski Mountaineering in the Southwest

During the first week of August Tasmania received two of its heaviest snowfalls in decades with snow settling on the ground down to sea level in some areas. Almost all the areas I wanted to explore with significant snow were inaccessible due to closed roads but fortunately on the morning of departure of my trip the Gordan River Road was listed as open as a single lane to 4WDs only. After passing a line up of cars waiting for the road to open at Mt Field, I continued on into the South West National Park for a solo ski mountaineering trip to Mt Anne. Although I had climbed it with snow previously, I had never had the opportunity to take skis up there so I was really excited by the chance to get up there with them and with some great snow and weather.

At the car park it was fantastic to see a group of six which actually consisted of four of my students and their dads. They headed up onto Eliza and had an amazing time up there. I also met two day-walkers who were headed for Mt Eliza too. Other than that no one had been up there for weeks.

Huge thanks to a highly talented local Tasmanian musician, Jed Appleton (verbal permission to use music granted June 2015) for his music:
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Filmed entirely on a Sony RX100 iii