Razorback Ridge

Mount Feathertop
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Getting there

Turn off at Harriotville up the Great Alpine Road toward the Mount Hotham Ski Resort. Keep in mins you will need to drive past the toll both so a cost might be involved, prices will vary depending on your intensions. You keep driving along the road untill you see mighty Mount Feathertop, looming over all other mountains, park at the start of the long ridge (there should be several other cars there aswell) and follow the signs.


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Route/Trail notes

The Razorback Ridge is the most popular, to walk this track you will need to drive part way up the Great Alpine Road towards Mount Hotham, be aware that the carpark for the trail is past the ticket booth, so a permit may be required! From the carpark it is about 8kms along untill you come to a fork in the trail, from here you can either choose to walk directly to the summit, or to Federation Hut or "Mount Feathertop Base Camp." The hut offers excellent camping facilitys, including fairly new drop down toilets, loads of places to pitch a tent, and the new hut which was built to replace the old one. Its genrally a good idea to walk to Federation Hut first to catch your breat and have a warm cuppa before tackling the mighty Feathertop summit.

The whole ridge will be coverd in snow during winter, and I advise not to tackle it from June - October if not experienced. Massive cornices appear on the ridge and avolanches are a daily occurence, the ridge is exposed and takes the full blast of wind, come prepared.


Do you need any permits? What's the cost?

Other References

There is a good description of this walk, done in late December, with lots of photos in Photodiary of a Nomad - Mt Hotham Day Walks . 


Excellent walk, loved it, my first major summit was feathertop.

Jonti on 7 Mar, 2006


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