Craigs Hut Overnight
20 Feb 2014

Craigs Hut Overnight

There was movement at the station…

20 Feb 2014

There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from old Regret had got away…

Visiting Craigs Hut has been on my To Do list while living and working at Mt Buller this Summer. The hut was built in 1983 for The Man from Snowy River movie, a classic Australian drama based on the Banjo Paterson poem of the same name. It’s a poem I’m very familiar with, mainly thanks to my Dad who would often break into a recitation of the opening verses when we were kids.

Craigs Hut is a good day ride from Mt Buller. I thought it might be more fun to turn it into an overnight ride, with the bonus of catching the sunrise at the hut. I headed off on the ride after work on Sat evening, climbing Mt Stirling via Stonefly and arriving at the summit just on sunset. The night was fairly mild so I hitched my hammock beneath the trig point and star gazed until midnight before heading down to nearby GGS hut for a few hours sleep.

I left GGS hut around 5.00am, riding the steep and rocky Clear Hills Track in the dark, arriving at Craigs Hut well before dawn. After a clear and peaceful sunrise I headed back to Mt Stirling via Clear Hills Track, followed by the Stonefly descent, finishing up with a run down the Delatite River Trail and breakfast at Mirimbah, before catching the shuttle back up to Mt Buller. All up an awesome adventure!

Mt Stirling Sunset, Craigs Hut Overnight

Mt Stirling Sunset, Craigs Hut Overnight

 

For both his horse and he are mountain bred

For both his horse and he are mountain bred

 

Big Dusk Sky, Mt Stirling, Craigs Hut Overnight

Big Dusk Sky, Mt Stirling, Craigs Hut Overnight

 

Late night crib at GGS Hut, Sunrise, Craigs Hut Overnight

Late night crib at GGS Hut, Sunrise, Craigs Hut Overnight

 

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