Snow shoes overland track

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Snow shoes overland track

Postby Adelaideguy_1976 » Mon 08 Apr, 2019 5:17 pm

Just wondering if snow shoes are recommended? I'm doing the track in June so I am assuming there will be a good chance of snow. If I don't take snow shoes is it hard to trek through snow in just hiking boots?
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Re: Snow shoes overland track

Postby Tortoise » Mon 08 Apr, 2019 6:26 pm

A friend did the OLT every June for many years until a couple of years ago. (At 89 yrs, she's slowed down a bit now.) She never took snow shoes, and never needed them. While there is likely to be some snow, it's not likely to be very deep. Gaiters are very useful to keep snow out of boots. Check out the long range weather forecast in case there's a massive cold front on its way.
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Re: Snow shoes overland track

Postby Son of a Beach » Tue 09 Apr, 2019 4:22 pm

I've done it with snow shoes, with skis and with neither. The snow shoes were quite useful for some areas when we were lucky enough to have some very deep snow. But the snow in Tassie is sometimes not great for snow shoes, when it is soft underneath with a thin hard icy crust on top. The snow shoes can fall through the crust into the soft stuff and be difficult to pull out again. It doesn't happen often, but if the conditions are wrong it can often enough to drive you crazy.

I was grateful for the snow shoes for some stretches, but sometimes just waded through the snow without them.

They were invaluable where the snow was well over waist deep for long distances (and over head high for short stretches). But I'm not sure if I'd bother taking them again.

I did a detailed trip report of our Snow Shoe trip in the topic at: Overland Track Snow Walk, August 2010. I think I gave a description of how two different types of snow shoes worked for us in there somewhere.

(Cross country skis worked much better, but they are a serious pain in the bum to carry through forest - either too low and you hit them with your legs, or too high and you catch every branch you walk under. But it was worth it to ski down Mt Ossa! - a little way)
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Re: Snow shoes overland track

Postby Azza » Sat 13 Apr, 2019 10:04 am

Typically it might snow in June, but generally the ground generally isn't cold enough for it to accumulate to any significant depth, expect maybe the highest parts of the track (Cradle Plateau / Pelion Gap). But there are always exceptions.
Snow depth usually peaks in August.
If it gets close the date and the forecast says epic snow, then maybe snowshoes are a good idea. You can probably judge it based on the Cradle Webcam.
I've been into Waterfall Valley, Pelion Hut etc. a few times over the long weekend in June and there was never any snow worth worrying about. A bit on Ossa / Pelion West.
More wet, cold and perhaps a bit icy.
Microspike things are possibly worth taking, if your thinking about climbing the peaks they could be a bit icy.
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Re: Snow shoes overland track

Postby north-north-west » Sat 13 Apr, 2019 11:20 am

I've done a few winter trips through there (though mostly later in the season) and the only place snowshoes would have been worth carrying was between Kitchen Hut and the descent to Waterfall. Microspikes are worth carrying however, as there is often ice on the shaded portions of the track and even on the duckboarding it can get very slippery.
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Re: Snow shoes overland track

Postby myrtlegirl » Sun 14 Apr, 2019 2:58 pm

I've just recently discovered microspikes - they are GOOD.
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