TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

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Craig
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TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by Craig » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:05 am

Went for a bit of a walk and paddle after Christmas, from the top of Australia to the ocean. It was my first decent expedition with the packraft, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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See my blog for the full TR. Be warned, it's a bit of a monster so may take a while to read!

Darren
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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by Darren » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:53 am

Inspiring stuff mate, again, well done. Packrafting has so many faces, and this is one of my favorite types of trips. Big loads and longer distances in a traditional style. Stoked!

Craig
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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by Craig » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:00 pm

Thanks mate. There's nothing as satisfying as lugging big loads and covering long distances. All the sissys who only do day trips are missing out :P

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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by Darren » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:19 pm

:-)
Your trip would have to be one of the longer ones completed in oz at this point with a packraft. The freaks from Tassie might have done some longish trips.
I'm hoping to find some $$ for a new raft to do some bigger whitewater soon which will need a new approach with lighter gear.

Fishdejour
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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by Fishdejour » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:22 am

Hey great stuff Craig, what a lovely trip and fantastic account of it on your blog :-)

Steve

Craig
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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by Craig » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:22 am

Thanks Steve. There were a few signs of fish on the way down, and apparently there is no shortage of eels in the river, if you're into that sort of thing.

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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by Fishdejour » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:27 pm

Eels are not really my thing but there are good bass in the lower section. Peter and I have had it on our trip list for a few years but other trips have had won over, we'll get there one day for a paddle and fish.

We should hook up and do the Eucumbene soon whilst it is a little warmer?

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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by RossBilton » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:02 pm

Amazing journey. Well done!

Craig
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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by Craig » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:26 pm

Thanks Ross.
Fishdejour wrote:We should hook up and do the Eucumbene soon whilst it is a little warmer?
Yes definitely! We'll have to wait for a drop of rain though. Wish the Snowy Hydro gauges were publicly accessible, would make trip planning much easier.

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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by johnopower » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:54 pm

Wow! Longest and best blog post i've read in ages. Are you in Melbourne? Well done on a great trip and report!

Craig
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Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Post by Craig » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:21 am

Thanks! I'm in Bendigo. Whitewater is a bit scarce close to home, so us locals have to head east for our fix!

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