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Craigs Hut Overnight

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.

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Morning Break Gopro Timelapse

Work on the Alpine Epic continues! ATM we’re working directly across from a massive hillside of ferns. It’s an awesome place for bike trail and a pretty cool tea room for a morning  break!

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Pygmy Possum (Burramys Parvus)

The World Trail crew were super fortunate to be invited along on Mt Buller’s Pygmy Possum monitoring program.

Until relatively recently the Pygmy Possum (Burramys Parvus) was thought to be extinct. It turned out however that small communities were surviving in various alpine locations. The guys at Mt Buller estimate the Pygmy Possum population within the resort area to be currently (only!) ~70 and have an extensive management plan in place to protect these resourceful little critters and their environment.

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Total Fire Ban Rides

Summer weather is full force with Victoria enduring a week long heatwave with maximum temperatures pinned at 40+ degrees.

It’s pretty tough trail building down in the valley in that kind of heat. Relief comes in the form of Total Fire Ban days, during which construction work must cease. There have been a couple of Total Fire Ban days this week so it’s been a good opportunity to get out and ride.

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Chainsaws and Quad Bikes

I’ll give you a tip. Commercial trail building is a genuinely tough but awesome gig. It soon sorts out whether you really love the process of trail building or not.

Me? I love the ritual, the discomfort,  the weather, the giant trees, the giant insects, the daily adventures, the satisfaction in each and every meter.

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