For the third year, we have produced a print version of the Mountain Journal magazine, with content from the Mountain Journal website and many new stories.
You can read the magazine as a PDF here: MJ3.
Look for print mags in your local resort, valley town or favourite mountain hut soon.
News from Home – environmental news from lutruwita/ Tasmania and the Australian Alps
Around the Fire – chats with mountain people
Although we are well past the covid lock downs, the years still seem long, and time seems more malleable. Life feels different but familiar. 2022 seemed to go forever – perhaps because we had a whole year for unbridled exploring and adventures.
Thankfully we had another mild summer, with no large fires in the mountains.
There were incredible early snow falls, making Opening Weekends fun across the mountains, and resulting powder frenzy madness in the resorts – overcrowding, car parks full, record numbers of people, and the continual growth of the ‘snow play’ visitors. Businesses are (finally) making some money, and there was plenty of work for those who wanted it. There were, of course, the same old staff accommodation pressures. The backcountry was great, with quite a bit of avalanche activity at times. And then, mid season, there was that depressing, massive rain event followed by wet snow (hello, climate change). Although snow was lost at lower elevations, we saw the season out with decent snowpack.
As Weatherzone noted at the end of the season: ‘high elevations of Australia’s mainland snow country saw the third-best peak snow depth of the 21st century, but at lower elevations it was a dismal year, while Tasmania barely saw any consistent snow cover at all.’
Then we had a wet spring, which created fantastic conditions for paddling, including many rivers that are not normally viable (check the ‘Offtrack’ section for more on that).
And then we experienced a third mild summer, as floods and fire caused mayhem in many other parts of the continent. The mountains felt like a cool, green refuge through the wild weather extremes of 2022. Of course, El Nino is back on the horizon, so next summer may be very different.
I hope you have been enjoying the year, and getting out into some wonderful and wild landscapes.
News from Home
Environmental news from around lutruwita/ Tasmania and the Australian Alps
A recovery plan for the snow gums
The Kunanyi cable car saga is over! Or is it?
What is happening with the Falls Creek development Cross Country Skiing Association Victoria
What’s happening with the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing?
The time has come to create a truly magnificent Alpine National Park in Victoria Peter Jacobs
Forests at risk in the Victorian mountains
Alpine Islands Scott Jukes
End to an End – Running to Save the Great Forest
The Cleve Cole Hut and the ‘Bogong Diaries’ Laurence McDonald reflects on his connection with the mountain.
Tali Karng – a jewel in a changing landscape
Around the campfire
Chats with mountain people
Studying the Alps Hawkweed and Maisie’s plots – long-term records of change Clare Brownridge
Vale Peter Hull
Vale Alec Costin AM Judy Thomson
We all have a passion for the snow, and we want to give back, and protect our mountain community Bec Roberts
Henry Wajswelner – the Hotham Physio (and Venison Guy)
Backcountry festival is on in 2023!
The First Hike project
Chasing the Mountain Light
Sharing our wild places: a little reflection, by anonymous.
Alpine Resorts Victoria takes on managing resorts
Daveys Hut Pauline Downing
The upside of a wet spring
April 14, 2023 at 6:16 pm
Thanks, Cam and all the very best my Good Friend
April 14, 2023 at 6:18 pm
all the best Best Cam and all the very best for the year my good Friend