Brief – Day 2
Day 2 – approximately 11.5km (moderate – challenging)
Time on track – approximately 6 hours including breaks, not including time spent on photography
It is well worthwhile to get up in time for sunrise to see the early morning rays lighting up Craig’s Hut and the mountain tops, while the valleys are covered in morning mist.
Craig’s Hut is stunning at any time of day and in any weather, so enjoy it while you can, as much as you can. The memories of this beautiful hut will stay with you forever.
After camp is packed and breakfast finished, you will retrace your steps along the beautiful walking track back up to Mt Stirling. From here, you will descend back to where you started the day before along another cross country ski trail, taking in a different part of Mt Stirling, stopping along the way at yet another high country hut for lunch.
Our Base Camp Manager will be waiting for you at King Saddler Shelter where you should arrive at around 3:30pm. From there he will transport you to a cosy lodge at Mt Buller, where a comfortable bed and shower will be waiting.
The drive is approximately a 40 minute, mostly along an unsealed road.
After settling in at the lodge, you will make your way to one of the local restaurants for dinner where you can sit back, relax and enjoy Mt Buller’s hospitality while you’re reminiscing about the last two amazing days in the Victorian High Country.
After dinner, the real fun begins – making your Astro photos come to life! Editing is half the story when it comes to Astro, particularly as you start adding in extra complexities such as stacking. You’ll be walked through a few basic processes of editing individual photos, stacked photos and how to create larger panoramas. Feel free to bring along a laptop (which doesn’t have to come hiking with you!) to edit your own photos or gather around Tim’s laptop as he covers each of these steps.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1680m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 450m
Total descent: approx. 540m