Snow camp­ing un­der the Milky Way

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THE story of a skier’s first time camp­ing in the back­coun­try. come along, I couldn’t refuse.

The day of de­par­ture couldn’t have been bet­ter - blue skies, soft snow, and the tem­per­a­ture just on zero.

We dropped the gear near our camp spot in the morn­ing, pray­ing the skies would stay clear.

Af­ter lunch, we grabbed our skis and headed up BB1 to ski the un­tracked Stan­dard run.

With packs on our backs, we got first tracks down Stan­dard, and skied down the Bull Run cat track to­wards Fed­er­a­tion lift.

We reached the bot­tom of Fed­er­a­tion, put our skins on, took a quick photo and we were off.

We skinned for around an hour, tak­ing in the in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful scenery of the bush­fire burnt snow gums in the af­ter­noon light.

I feel truly blessed to have been brought up around such a truly beau­ti­ful place, and I was so glad I could see it from a new per­spec­tive.

We watched the sun go down over Wom­bat Chair, took photos, and bathed in the ma­jes­tic Buller land­scape.

As night fell, the skies stayed clear, mean­ing it would get cold.

So, all rugged up, Teddy cooked us din­ner as the stars came out.

That night, the clear sky brought with it the Milky Way, and it was per­fect for photos, tak­ing long ex­po­sures for spec­tac­u­lar re­sults.

Morn­ing came, and with it the wind.

We had planned to hike to the top of Lit­tle Buller for sun­rise and breaky, but the wind would have ru­ined it, so we stayed in our pro­tected camp and watched the sun come up be­hind the south face of the moun­tain.

We packed our packs and skied down to Wom­bat lift where we would fin­ish our epic ex­pe­ri­ence among the wilder­ness.

I, along with ev­ery­one else who went, left the cam­pout with one thing to take back: an urge to go again.

I would like to thank the three TBR coaches (Alex and Henry Eis­ner and James Phillips),

TBR pro­gram man­ager An­drew Pat­ti­son, Back­coun­try ex­pert and pho­tog­ra­pher Teddy Lay­cock, and the Mt Buller Out­door Op­er­a­tions Team for mak­ing this hap­pen.

STAR GAZING: TBR Back­coun­try cam­pout par­tic­i­pants take in the mag­nif­i­cence of the Milky Way dur­ing an overnight cam­pout at the back of Buller. STAKE CLAIM: The light sign says it all – this is who we are! SKINNING: With skins on skies and back­packs loaded TBR par­tic­i­pants set off for their back­coun­try cam­pout ad­ven­ture.

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