Ramsheads and Bogong creek

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Overview The Ramshead Range sits as a high line of alpine country between Dead Horse Gap and the Thredbo resort. It offers a range of generally shorter runs than many of the bigger and longer Main Range slopes and is easy country to escape from in bad weather, so it makes for a great introduction to backcountry sking. It is all above treeline, and generally unmarked by poles or trails, so due care is needed, as for other high areas in the Kosciusko park.

Destination

Access and Trip

There are two main ways in:

- by a short though reasonably steep walk (roughly 3 kilometres) from Dead Horse Gap to the headwaters of Bogong Creek, or

- by catching the Kosciusko Express Chairlift to the top station (roughly $27 for a return ticket) and skiing out from there. From here (at about 1900 metres), it is easy skiing up onto Rams Head Range, which sits above you as the obvious rocky hills, from the 'bench' that the top of the chairlift is placed on. The easiest way from here is to follow the snow poles towards Kosciusko through the first broad valley to the Kosciusko lookout (which is in the shallow saddle on the far side of the valley), then skirting leftwards into the shallow valley around the corner. This takes you up onto North Rams Head. If you have purchased a return ticket, you can put your backpack on the chair for the downhill journey and ski out through the resort.

Both these access routes take you to the central and northern parts of the range. South Rams Head is accessed by heading south. Note that the middle section here can be a bit confusing in bad weather as there is a double ridge. Make sure you cross over Cleft Peak (GR 119595) if heading to South Rams Head and stay high rather than dropping off the peak at GR 127598.

Routes

There is a range of excellent though generally shortish runs along the south eastern face of the range. Some start as shallow open vallies that finish with a nice sharp drop at the end. On the other (north western side of the range, there are great runs that drop into Leatherbarrel Creek. See the section http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Leather_Barrel for details. Golden Gully, which is mentioned in the Leatherbarrel section is highly recommended.

The range itself starts as a narrow ridge at South Rams Head (some great drops can be found off this sharply defined spur), then broadens outs significantly over Rams Head itself before finishing at North Rams Head. These are all nice little peaks that sit slightly above the rest of the range, replete with granite tors and a few small cliffs. You will find no shortage of short gullies and shutes through the rocky sections.

There is great camping amongst the tors. It makes for a good last night site if you have been further out on the Main Range and, as mentioned above, if you have weather coming in, it is very escapable as you just need to drop off the range back towards the Thredbo lifts and you will generally find yourself in much more sheltered country (and with the wind at your back).

GPS References

Considerations

As with the rest of the Main Range proper, this is extremely exposed country and the winds and spin drift can be intense. Be aware of this when building protective walls - it can be wise to set your tent back a few feet so the wall collects the spindrift, not your tent.

This area is unmarked in terms of snow poles, etc, so suitable navigation skills are required. If you get stuck in bad weather and decide to descend into the Thredbo Valley, it is HIGHLY recommended that you only do this on the trail to Dead Horse Gap or via the Thredbo home trails. Much of the snowgum forests along the top of the valley were burnt several years ago and the regrowth is intense.

This area receives a lot of visitors, and like the rest of the Main Range would benefit from use of 'poo tubes' to reduce pollution from human waste.

Mobile Phone Coverage

Is usually able to be found pretty easily, even in the shallow gullies on the far side of Thredbo.

Maps

Mount Kosciusko, Perisher and Thredbo map, by SutMap (1:40,000) is excellent

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Access and Trip

Routes

GPS References

Considerations

Mobile Phone Coverage

Maps