Bush Search and Rescue’s annual Steep Snow and Ice Practice was held on Mount Buller’s West Ridge on the 19 & 20 July 2008.
On Saturday we travelled in a Police bus to the base of the Mount Buller’s West Ridge. We ascended followed the route to the West Ridge in overcast conditions to a high campsite in the snow on ridge, then spent the afternoon reviewing and practice skills including safe travel in steep snow and/or ice terrain. We traversed under the frozen waterfalls on Mt Bullers North East face.
During the night, very strong winds buffeted our campsite, resulting in a couple of broken tent poles. On Sunday, the wind was gusting above 60 knots on the crest of the West Ridge so we traversed across below Mt Buller’s summit to the ski resort where we were shuttled by ski mobile back to the resort.
Peter Campbell and Mark Oates, Practice Organisers.