Tent platforms

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Tent platforms

Postby Petew » Fri 31 May, 2019 11:41 am

Hi,

Just wondering if there are tent platforms at every hut? I don't think there is one at echo point hut, but everywhere else?
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby rowdy » Fri 31 May, 2019 11:48 am

From memory there aren't any at Waterfall Valley Hut either, only group platforms not individual sites. Plenty of nice grass there though.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby crollsurf » Fri 31 May, 2019 12:02 pm

I think they all have platforms now except Echo Point and Du Cane (don't know about Pine Valley)
If I remember correctly there is a great platform surrounded by Pandani, just passed Windermere Hut which was perfect, Far enough away to have that away from the crowd feel but only 30m to the hut.
From my recent experience, Windy Ridge doesn't have enough around the hut so you'll need to get there early or use one of the platforms away from the hut, which are maybe a klm before you get to the hut.
Echo point has no platforms and not a lot of spots to pitch your tent either, so might want to get there a bit earlier as well.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby Petew » Fri 31 May, 2019 12:05 pm

We are going early August so hopefully room in the huts, tent as backup/variation
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby Warin » Fri 31 May, 2019 1:11 pm

crollsurf wrote:don't know about Pine Valley


I think I read someone’s report that they observed platforms being built at pine valley.
That would then mean only waterfall valley needs to be done for most to have platform only camp sites for the OLT.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby Tino B » Fri 31 May, 2019 4:43 pm

OLT Platforms:
Waterfall Valley - one only near old hut for registered groups
Windermere - plenty
Pelion - one large enough to fit multiple tents
Kia Ora - a few
Windy Ridge - a few near hut, a few on the way to the hut
Pine Valley - at least 4, some big enough for 2 tents
Narcissus - none
Echo Point - none
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby L_Cham_67 » Fri 31 May, 2019 4:58 pm

Tino B wrote:OLT Platforms:

Narcissus - none

I believe there actually are platforms at Narcissus. In fact I know there are haha, at least there was when I went past in December.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby north-north-west » Fri 31 May, 2019 5:39 pm

Heaps of shiny new platforms at Narcissus.

DuCane has the helipad, on which it is possible to pitch, but no dedicated tent platforms.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby norts » Fri 31 May, 2019 6:03 pm

There is also a platform at Waterfall Valley up behind the the New hut toilet. It is for overnighters who are not doing the entire OLT. It has a sign on stating that. You are meant to book(?) it through the visitors centre I think.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby Tino B » Fri 31 May, 2019 7:03 pm

north-north-west wrote:Heaps of shiny new platforms at Narcissus.

DuCane has the helipad, on which it is possible to pitch, but no dedicated tent platforms.

Ah, I went from Pine Valley to Lake St Clair lodge on the last day and just said g’day to the ranger at Narcissus before walking along the lake - didn’t see the platforms, just relied on the Parks track notes.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby bobcrusader » Fri 31 May, 2019 7:50 pm

There is one at Du Cane. And the awesome toilet... I don't think there would be any problem using the group booking sites in the non-booking season. Check with a ranger though. Some are in great locations, so worth asking.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby north-north-west » Fri 31 May, 2019 7:54 pm

bobcrusader wrote:There is one at Du Cane. And the awesome toilet... I don't think there would be any problem using the group booking sites in the non-booking season. Check with a ranger though. Some are in great locations, so worth asking.


The platform at DuCane is actually a helipad, although people do pitch on it.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby matagi » Sat 01 Jun, 2019 7:19 am

I would say more than “a few” at Kia Ora - there are at least 5 not including the registered group platform
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby bobcrusader » Sat 01 Jun, 2019 8:54 am

I wouldn't land a helicopter on it, but as a tent platform, I think it works. Maybe it's new, but I remember passing it in Jan 2018.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby Mark F » Sat 01 Jun, 2019 9:12 am

Having pitched on the Du Cane helipad, I was under the impression that it is not strong enough for the current helicopters to safely land on. I have had the experience in the Vanoise of having to drop the tent right on dusk and clear the area to allow for an emergency helicopter rescue.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby north-north-west » Sat 01 Jun, 2019 9:55 am

bob:
Nah, it's not new. Been there for yonks.

Mark:
It may well not meet current standards. Certainly not as big and solid as the newer ones.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby Snooze » Sun 02 Jun, 2019 11:17 pm

bobcrusader wrote:There is one at Du Cane. And the awesome toilet... I don't think there would be any problem using the group booking sites in the non-booking season. Check with a ranger though. Some are in great locations, so worth asking.


We had lunch inside Du Cane hut (in heavy rain) relatively recently--February 2019. Sadly, the old toilet appeared to have been removed from the Du Cane hut area.

Also they should mark those decks that are dedicated helipads with giant "H" to save confusion.
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Re: Tent platforms

Postby Warin » Mon 03 Jun, 2019 8:21 am

Snooze wrote:
bobcrusader wrote:Also they should mark those decks that are dedicated helipads with giant "H" to save confusion.


Does not have to be giant. And to be seen in the snow it needs to be a vertical sign .. shape of a 'H' should be sufficient to be understood? Paint it orange and there you go.
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