- Kyneton District Trail Riders Club
- KDTRC High Country Camp - 3 days, 3 rides, and a lot of climbing
KDTRC High Country Camp - 3 days, 3 rides, and a lot of climbing
KDTRC High Country Camp - 3 days, 3 rides, and a lot of...
2 huge days of riding and a short morning ride on the Monday. Camping & riding out of Razorback...
2 huge days of riding and a short morning ride on the Monday. Camping & riding out of...
High Country 2019 – 3 days, 3 rides, and heaps of climbing!
This year’s High Country ride will be taking us back up to Mt Stirling, staying at Razorback Hut for 3 days, with 3 days of rides available for those keen riders and hill fit horses! It is going to be a weekend to remember which has taken many hours of planning and many trips to Mt Stirling to find tracks. Thank you to Alison Stone and Rob Featonby for helping me put these rides together.
We will be riding for approximately 6 ½ hours on the Saturday Ride, 5 hours on the Sunday Ride, and 2 hours on the Monday Morning Ride. All of these rides will be true High Country style, which is hills, hills, hills. Your horses will need to be HILL FIT, so that means you’ll need to get out there and do some long hill rides (at least 4 hours of hills each ride, both up and down) between now and the 9th of February. Please don’t come on this camp, ill prepared and then you only ride one day, or injury your horse. It’s not fair to the others that will miss out, and it’s not fair on your horse (sorry for being so hardcore on this but it’s important).
Due to the limited camping space at Razorback Hut (where we need to camp in order to access this year’s rides), there will be limited numbers and a nomination process for this camp. You will need to TEXT or CALL Amy on 0408 342 990 before the 20th January to nominate for the weekend after you have READ the ride notice to make sure you and your horse are suited for these rides. There will be a limit to 14 riders on this camp. You are very welcome to bring your partners and families along which will not be limited. We wish we didn’t have to limit riders but we cannot guarantee having somewhere to set up camp and put our horses as you cannot book Razorback Hut and the camp area is first in, best dressed.
I will confirm your place on the ride on Sunday 20th January after nominations close, but I should be able to give people a fair idea of how numbers are going in the next few days as many have already expressed their interest in the high country rides. We may not have an issue with having too many people interested and not enough places, but I’m setting this up just in case and to make it fair to those that may not have access to their email or facebook regularly. It next sentence is the test sentence to make sure you’ve read the ride notice, quote ‘got ya’ to Amy when you nominate.
All riders on the high country camp MUST be fully paid up KDTRC members, either primary members or associate members. First priority will go to members that ride with us often, and whose capacity as a rider and their horses’ fitness is known. We want everyone to have a great and successful weekend. If for some reason less than 14 riders nominate, we will open nominations up to riders that just want to come to one day of riding.
Please make sure you bring a chair, cooking equipment and all your camping gear needed for camping in the high country (e.g. warm clothing, insect repellent, warm bedding, water proof jackets, lots of layers). There are bunk beds in the hut but you cannot guarantee that they will be available as you cannot book.
You will need to bring your portable yards as there is no yards available at Razorback Hut. If you don’t own yards, perhaps put the word out and see if someone else who’s coming can fit you in theirs by bringing some extra posts and hot tape. You must either bring your own water via your horse float tank, or just bring a jerry can so you can fill it up at the creek down the road. There is a small dam at Razorback Hut but the quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed. You must bring a rug for your horse. Even if it says it will be 40 degrees at home that weekend, it gets cold on the mountain. Also, you may want to bring a spare saddle blanket for the Sunday ride as your gear will get sweaty and dirty on the Saturday unless you have a top quality, thick woollen.
This year’s High Country ride will be self catered (BYO food), however we will be having a simple BBQ for lunch on the Saturday ride, down at Mirimbah by the river (just a sausages and bread type thing, vego available). We will try to all park together and spend each night getting together around the fire and share nibbles. Please bring some energy bars to put in your saddlebag as we will be doing long days and you’ll need it.
Saturday Ride – Up & Down the Mountain
Where – Starting Razorback Hut, Mt Stirling – Alpine National Park.When – 8.30am horseless muster for 9am SHARP ride out. Ride will take approx. 6 ½ hours plus breaks.
Come and sign in with AMY
Ride – We will be riding out of camp through the bush to Circuit Road, following this to Telephone Box Junction (TBJ), then going east up Circuit Road to Bluff Spur Trail. We will ride to Bluff Hut and have a short break here for toilet, snack, photos (15 minutes max). Then we will continue up the mountain before descending onto River Spur Trail, climbing up a bit, but mostly down, down, down the mountain to the Deletite River Trail following the river, doing around 10 river crossings to the Mirimbah Picnic Area where we will stop for lunch and break our horses for at least 1 hour. We should reach this lunch spot at 1-1.30pm so if your family wants to meet us there, they are more than welcome. The morning part of this ride will take 4 hours. After lunch we will ride up the river, doing river crossings, then we will turn up a single trail track that will climb up the mountain, bringing us back to the Mt Stirling Road approximately 2 kms from TBJ, riding along this road, before turning up Hut Loop and then up to Razorback Hut. The afternoon ride will take 2 hours.
Conditions – Alpine bush riding on large trails and some overgrown single trails through the bush. Be prepared for ducking branches, stepping over logs, and negotiating at least two quite technical river crossings after lunch. Horses MUST be shod on ALL four hooves, or BOOTED on ALL four hooves otherwise your horse will pull up sore (I have learnt this the hard way). We will literally be going up and down the whole mountain all day so you must bring a breast plate and a crupper if you have one.
Bring – Bring drink bottle, halter and lead to tie up, snacks for yourself and your horse (carrots etc).
Sunday Ride – Craig’s Hut
Where – Starting Razorback Hut, Mt Stirling – Alpine National Park.When – 8.30am horseless muster for 9am ride out. Ride will take approx. 5 hours plus breaks.
Come and sign in with AMY
Ride – on the Sunday we will head out of Razorback Hut towards King Saddle Shelter, and then head up towards Mt Stirling via the three huts Cricket Pitch Hut, King Hut, and CCG Hut with spectacular views North towards Mt Cobbler and Mt Buffalo in the distance. If all the horses are doing well, we will then continue along a single trail through the bush to Craig’s Hut, stopping there for lunch and to give the horses a good break (at least 1 hour). We will be heading back the same way to camp at Razorback in the afternoon, perhaps visiting the Mt Stirling summit if the horses are up to it.
Conditions – Alpine bush riding on mainly well maintained single trails. Combination of hard track and stony track so again, horses must be shod on all four hooves, or booted on all four hooves. This ride has some elevations so your horse must not be sore. The key for having a great weekend is to put the time in over the next month to train.
Bring – Bring drink bottle, halter and lead to tie up, saddle bag lunch and a snack for your horse.
Monday Morning Ride – Mt Winstanley Bridle Trail
Where – Starting Razorback Hut, Mt Stirling – Alpine National Park.When – 9.45am horseless muster for 10am ride out. Ride will take approx. 2 hours.
Come and sign in with AMY
Ride – for this ride we will be heading west out of Razorback Hut along the Razorback Trail towards the Mansfield State Forest cattle gate, here we will turn back towards the east and head straight up a single trail bridle trail, up over Mt Winstanley, and then down into the Razorback Hut camp site. This is an incredible trail.
Conditions – Alpine bush riding, mostly single trail, elevations, not particularly technical but steep in a couple of spots. Horses must be shod on all four hooves, or booted on all four hooves.
Bring – Bring drink bottle.
This will be an awesome weekend. The key is to just put in the training now! It’s daylight savings so make the most of the long days and get out there after work and train those hills!
Look forward to seeing you there.
Location & full addressMt Stirling, Victoria
Date & TimeFeb 09 2019 at 08:00 AM - Feb 11 2019 at 02:15 PM
Event AdminsKyneton District Trail Horse Riders Club