Leather Barrel

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Overview Exit via Dead Horse Gap to the Alpine way and back to Thredbo (5km from base of Dead Horse Gap) or reverse route, cross the Ramsheads and Ski back down the slopes at Thredbo.

The DHG / Bogong Creek area is not a bad starting point for a few first time adventures, which can then easily be widenend into the Leather Barrel Creek area for bigger day trips.


Dead Horse Gap

  • Backcountry Run Rating
  • RATING: Approach I, Steepness ??
  • PITCH:
  • EXPOSURE: South
  • ELEVATIONS: 1970+m - 1750m(+/-)
  • VERTICAL: 250m DOC

Access and Trip

Probably the best known of all the runs in the whole guide, a non-secret 'secret stash' for Thredbo locals and their lucky guests. Lost of fun. If in ANY doubt as to how to get here, especially if not fully in tune with the BC lark, ask the Thredbo Ski Patrol for guidance. They won't mind pointing the way, and you'll probably learn something into the bargain.

There are two sets of runs here - the eastern (Thredbo) side of Bogong Creek, which is where you ski if coming from the Thredbo resort lifts and the western (south Rams Head) side of Bogong Creek. Thredbo staff will be pointiong you down the eastern run.

Routes

For the Eastern Side: ask Ski Patrol. It's straightforward, but they'd appreciate knowing who has left the resort and that they got to the road A-OK. There is a shitload of dense timber to get well and truly lost in in this area.

For the Western Run (the DHG ridgeline proper): From the top of the South Rams Head ski back down to the ESE, towards Brumbytrap Knoll at Thredbo SANSW GR123578.

GPS References

Considerations

Careful not to tend too far W in the first section, you want to avoid getting sucked into the drainage lines which head W and become thickly wooded much more rapidly than the DHG ridgeline. Follow the ridgeline down to the Alpine Way, making sure not to get suckered too far either east or west. Watch out for cars when crossing (seriously).

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps

  • CMA 1:50K Mount Kosciusko 8525 -2&3
  • Thredbo CMA 1:50K 8524N
  • Ski Association of NSW Thredbo 1:25K


Cleft Rock Run

  • Overview :

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  • Backcountry Run Rating
  • RATING: Approach ?? Steepness??
  • PITCH: ??
  • EXPOSURE: South
  • ELEVATIONS: 1970+m - 1750m(+/-)
  • VERTICAL: 400m DOC

Access and Trip

From the top of Cleft Rock Peak (Thredbo SANSW GR118594) off down the westward prominent spur into Leather Barrel Creek.

Routes

GPS References

Considerations

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps

  • CMA 1:50K Mount Kosciusko 8525 -2&3
  • Thredbo CMA 1:50K 8524N
  • Ski Association of NSW Thredbo 1:25K.


The Golden Gully

  • Overview :

This comes in under the impressive fractured granites of the Golden Crags and Cleft Rock Peak on the Thredbo 1:25k SANSW GR126596 (NOT the South Rams Head, which is a lone peak about 2km to the SW, Thredbo 1:25k SANSW GR111579). These are pretty tall and overpowering, and as might be expected the whole area can have a fair bit of granite poking about.

Named after the 'golden glow' of the rocks in the afternoon light.

  • Backcountry Run Rating
  • RATING: Approach ?? Steepness ??
  • PITCH: ??
  • EXPOSURE: South
  • ELEVATIONS: 1970+m - 1750m(+/-)
  • VERTICAL: 250m DOC

Access and Trip

Routes

GPS References

Considerations

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps

  • CMA 1:50K Mount Kosciusko 8525 -2&3
  • Thredbo CMA 1:50K 8524N
  • Ski Association of NSW Thredbo 1:25K


The Spur

  • Overview :

A non-technical but exhilarating run down a treeless spur on the Northern side of the Golden Gully. The line is obvious, and there's not really a lot more I can say to describe it. Have fun.

  • Backcountry Run Rating
  • RATING: Approach ?? Steepness ??
  • PITCH: ??
  • EXPOSURE: South
  • ELEVATIONS: 1970+m - 1750m(+/-)
  • VERTICAL: 250m DOC

Access and Trip

Routes

GPS References

Considerations

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps

  • CMA 1:50K Mount Kosciusko 8525 -2&3,
  • Thredbo CMA 1:50K 8524N
  • Ski Association of NSW Thredbo 1:25K.


The Couloir

  • Overview :

Skiers right off the top of the Rams Head. Mebbe not as dramatic as it sounds, but a hell of a laugh none the less. Its the second drainage line S from the start of the Leather Barrel Creek.

  • Backcountry Run Rating
  • RATING: Approach ?? Steepness ??
  • PITCH: ??
  • EXPOSURE: South
  • ELEVATIONS: 1970+m - 1750m(+/-)
  • VERTICAL: 250m DOC

Access and Trip

Routes

The chutes to skiers R of the Coulior are also a fine bit of fun. Pitch is similar but tighter.

GPS References

Considerations

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps

  • CMA 1:50K Mount Kosciusko 8525 -2&3,
  • Thredbo CMA 1:50K 8524N
  • Ski Association of NSW Thredbo 1:25K.


The Corrie

  • Overview :

A route described in '69 and again in '93 by Andrews, after being skied in '62 by Mitchell et al. (who else ?).

The first drainage line heading into Leather Barrel Creek on the eastern side.

  • Backcountry Run Rating
  • RATING: Approach ?? Steepness ??
  • PITCH: ??
  • EXPOSURE: South
  • ELEVATIONS: 1970+m - 1750m(+/-)
  • VERTICAL: 250m DOC

Access and Trip

Routes

GPS References

Considerations

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps

  • CMA 1:50K Mount Kosciusko 8525 -2&3,
  • Thredbo CMA 1:50K 8524N
  • Ski Association of NSW Thredbo 1:25K.


The Simkin

  • Overview :

The Simkin was named by Bob Arnott after his wife Simone. As good a reason as any for a name, and kinda sweet I think. Plus it sounds just kind of right for the peak it is. It's a nice little peak, off to the South on the little ridge which splits Leather Barrel Creek and the Swampy Plain River drainage lines, on the western side of the Great Divide.

  • Backcountry Run Rating
  • RATING: Approach ?? Steepness ??
  • PITCH: ??
  • EXPOSURE: South
  • ELEVATIONS: 1970+m - 1750m(+/-)
  • VERTICAL: 250m DOC

Access and Trip

Around the back of the Ramsheads, and across the top of Leather Barrel Creek It lies almost directly W of the main clump of the Rams Head, Thredbo 1:25k SANSW GR111612. Head off the top, and into Leather Barrel Creek

Routes

GPS References

Considerations

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps

  • CMA 1:50K Mount Kosciusko 8525 -2&3,
  • Thredbo CMA 1:50K 8524N
  • Ski Association of NSW Thredbo 1:25K.


Twin Humps

  • Overview :

As for The Simkin, but head further along the spur / ridge to the SW. Pick your lines from here into Leather Barrel Creek. Luvly.

  • Backcountry Run Rating
  • RATING: Approach ?? Steepness ??
  • PITCH: ??
  • EXPOSURE: South
  • ELEVATIONS: 1970+m - 1750m(+/-)
  • VERTICAL: 250m DOC

Access and Trip

Routes

GPS References

Considerations

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps

  • CMA 1:50K Mount Kosciusko 8525 -2&3,
  • Thredbo CMA 1:50K 8524N
  • Ski Association of NSW Thredbo 1:25K.


Twin Peaks Backside

  • Overview :

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  • Backcountry Run Rating
  • RATING: Approach ?? Steepness ??
  • PITCH: ??
  • EXPOSURE: South
  • ELEVATIONS: 1970+m - 1750m(+/-)
  • VERTICAL: 250m DOC

Access and Trip

Head WNW around the back of the Twinnies, then keep heading around through to the S into the ridgeline heading almost due S towards the western-draining section of Leather Barrel Creek

Routes

GPS References

Considerations

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps

  • CMA 1:50K Mount Kosciusko 8525 -2&3,
  • Thredbo CMA 1:50K 8524N
  • Ski Association of NSW Thredbo 1:25K.