BOGONG HIGH PLAINS

Day 2- Rooftop Walk: Roper Hut to Dibbins Hut (32km)
Wednesday February 24, 2016

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Roper Hut was a great location.  The hut is clean and has some lovely timberwork. It is only the second time we’ve slept in a hut rather then a tent in summer. I love these high  country huts. In bad weather they can save a life.

Glorious sunrise just after we started with distant views of mountain peaks kept my cup of happiness full.

Today’s walk was almost all above the treeline walking along the Bogong High Plain. It was largely flat and we could get into our own rhythm of walking.

The highlight of the day was seeing the most beautiful black brumbie.  I noticed it from a distance and was keeping my eyes on it. Taking my eyes off the ground,   I nearly stepped on a snake. Up until now I’ve had my eyes peeled to the ground as we were walking through tussocky grass. This was our second snake sighting this morning. 

We passed the brumby at a distance and as we walked on he started to follow us. We stopped and it came in quite close. Hammer thought it was after a pat. I was not so sure, it is a wild animal after all.

Pleased with our close encounter with the brumby we walked on.  Half an hour later we passed a large group of brumbies, feeding a bit further away.  Happy twice over, we walked on. The flies were horrendous. We had thousands hitching a ride on our packs.  
As the afternoon wore on and the fatigue increased, fly tolerance decreased. By late afternoon we arrived at our destination for the day at Dibbins Hut where we set up a tent for the night.

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Packing to leave Roper Hut

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Sunrise at Roper Hut

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Ghostly gums in the morning light

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Easy walking

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Golden hour at sunrise

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More grasshoppers

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Falls Creek in the distance

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Easy walking

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Falls Creek from the high plain

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Langfords aqueduct

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Eyes to the ground

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Excited to see a brumbie in the high country

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As we walked past he turned his back

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He got real close

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Typical view for large part of the day

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Brumbies

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Mt Hotham from the high plains.

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Dibbins Hut is set in a beautiful valley