Sunday, 19 August 2012

Mt Loch and Machinery spur, Sunday 19th August 2012

Sunday dawned with perfect skies and much enthusiasm, so headed out with Morry, Darbs and Charlie to Loch. There were kite boarders out past Orchard but few venturing any further afield. With sun, wind, cloud and variable temps, the snowpack was a little unpredictable, however we managed to find a few nice stashes up higher on the more southerly aspects. Considering how much snow had fallen, we were soon pleasantly surprised at just how solid everything was. We got great lines SE, E and NE off Loch, including a grand descent down the throat of the main Loch chute to 1500m which culminated in a hellish slog out through manky rotting thigh-deep snot. Then over to Machinery for a final couple of runs off the cornice, which was bombproof enough for a little air time! 
A great day out in the Oz side country!

Gentle bowl SE off Loch

Darbs on the east ridge off loch

Morry contemplating a technical skin out of a classic Loch terrain trap!

The long skin out...

Heading back up to Loch for more

Machinery Spur and Feather

Another skin out after a pleasant drop to the NE of loch

Bombing the Machinery cornice

Machinery tracks in the afternoon sun

Charlie finding good snow off the shoulder of Loch

Me heading down one of the Loch east spurs

Morry heading deep into the east Loch chute

The lads hit a gentler run after our last steep

Machinery after the cornice

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