Great t shirts. Great cause.

At the backcountry festival, we will be raising funds for a number of great causes (check here for the full list).

As part of these efforts, we will be selling tshirts, and all profits will be directed to the Mountain Pygmy Possum recovery program at Mt Buller. Please see below for details on this important – and very successful – initiative.

You can buy tshirts through a bank transfer. They’re $40 each.

We need orders by August 16 to allow time for printing and delivery.

Please check here for details.

Getting into the backcountry

The Victorian backcountry festival is proud to present

Getting into the backcountry

Katya Crema

An informal session with Katya Crema and Tamara Hutchins, who will talk about their experience of learning to be comfortable in the backcountry.

This informal chat is targeted at women who are starting to explore outdoor environments. Melbourne Girls Outside is a network of women who have built a community around supporting each other and breaking down barriers when it comes to exploring the outdoors. Katya will talk about her transition from an Olympian ski cross racer to backcountry adventurer. This will be an informal chat and Q & A.

Tamara Hutchins

Windy Corner Nordic Centre, Falls Creek.

4 – 5pm, Saturday Sept 1.

No need to book.

The outdoor bar will be happening outside the shelter from 4 til 6, so why not grab a drink on the way in?

For the full backcountry festival program, please check here.

One month til the inaugural Australian backcountry festival!

Media release. August 1, 2018

Ski / Ride Hard. Do Good.

The Backcountry festival will happen at Falls Creek, over the weekend of September 1 and 2, 2018.

It aims to celebrate all things backcountry – telemark, split boarding, cross country, snow shoeing and alpine touring.

Festival organiser Cam Walker said “our vision is to host a grass-roots gathering at Falls Creek for backcountry skiers and riders of all abilities.  If you’re interested in any form of human powered adventure in the winter backcountry, you should be there. Beginners to advanced, all are welcome.

Continue reading “One month til the inaugural Australian backcountry festival!”

Bringing the Mountain Pygmy Possum back from the brink.

The Mountain Pygmy Possum (MPP) is Australia’s only hibernating marsupial. It has been declared by the IUCN Redlist as being Critically endangered. In 2000, the population estimate was less than 2,000 individuals from the three combined isolated populations that exist across the Australian Alps.

A number of ski resorts have been running possum recovery programs. They are delivering some excellent results and represent true good news stories for this critically endangered species.

Georgina Boardman is the Technical Services and Environment Officer at the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board, where she and the rest of the Environmental Team work to protect the Mountain Pygmy Possum population on the mountain.

You can read about her story and work to protect the possum here.

We will be raising funds for MPP breeding programs during the festival (check here for details) and will soon be producing t-shirts for the festival featuring the image above. These will raise funds for the program at Mt Buller.

Katya Crema to open the Australian backcountry film festival.

Media release. Backcountry festival. #VICbackcountryfestival

Celebrating all things backcountry – telemark, split boarding, cross country, snow shoeing & alpine touring. September 1 and 2, 2018. Falls Creek resort, VIC.

The inaugural Australian backcountry festival is offering a fantastic range of free clinics, workshops, skillshares and tours. It will be a gathering of the diverse Australian backcountry community and also be a chance for first timers to try out skiing, riding and snow shoeing outside the resort. Backcountry and avalanche safety, navigation and snow camping basics, and telemark clinics and ski and snow shoe tours are some of the highlights of the program. There will also be AST level 1 avalanche training courses available.

It will also be a great party event, with an outdoor bar hosted by Sweetwater Brewery and a mini film festival featuring short Australian made productions and guest speakers.

Continue reading “Katya Crema to open the Australian backcountry film festival.”

Some steeper terrain at the festival

We currently have a great program for the backcountry festival, with a mix of tours, clinics and workshops.

We don’t as yet, have a group touring into some of the bigger terrain that’s accessible from Falls Creek. A number of people have inquired about whether we will be running a trip out to Spion Kopje or Mt McKay.

Is anyone keen to run a trip to one of these locations during the main day of the festival (Saturday September 1)?

If so, please get in touch: cam.walker@foe.org.au

 

Ski/ ride hard. Do Good.

The backcountry festival is the product of a lot of volunteer effort and good will. Falls Creek Resort Management Board, Falls Creek Cross Country, and a range of businesses and individuals have offered help and support in various forms. Bogong Equipment has provided some funds.

We hope to be able to give back to some worthy causes while we hold the festival.

First, we want to have a low impact event:

  • If you have a reusable cup, please bring it for use in the café at Windy Corner (there will be some for sale on the day from the cafe).
  • Think about catching the bus or car pooling. There are buses direct to the resort. Our ride sharing page allows you to organise and offer lifts easily. Check our transport page for details.
  • If you’re camping out above snow line, consider using a poo tube to reduce impacts on streams.
  • be aware of what packaging you’re bringing onto the mountain, make sure you practise #LeaveNoTrace ethics if you’re camping out, and seperate out your waste and use the recycling system at Falls Creek.
  • If you’re staying in the Falls Creek village, check out (and use) the Living Bin containers, which divert food waste from ending up in landfill.

MPPDo good for the mountains. Five great causes.

Our ‘mascot’ (totem animal?) for the festival is the Mountain Pygmypossum, Burramys parvus, Australia’s only hibernating marsupial. The mountain pygmy possum has been declared by the IUCN Redlist as Critically endangered. In 2000, the population estimates totalled less than 2,000 individuals from the three combined isolated populations that exist across the Australian Alps.

Funds received through the film night will be shared between Mountain Critter Cause and the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.

Mountain Critter Cause supports a breeding program for the possum that is run by the University of NSW. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the possum.

Check for details on our fund raising efforts for the possum.

Thanks to the generosity of Peter Hull from local brewery Sweetwater, we will also be raising funds for Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) through the outdoor bar we will be running on Saturday afternoon. The organisation has assisted thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate in winter sports annually and has a strong presence at Falls Creek. You can find details here.

POWJosh Fletcher will talk about the recent re-launch of Protect Our Winters in Australia and how you can get involved in the local chpater of POW.

Bring your old (good quality) ski gear to donate to the Heat the Homeless program run by XTM.