Avalanche training available before BC festival

In the week before the backcountry festival, Adam West of Snow Safety Australia is holding a series of 2 day AST level 1 avalanche training courses. While these are getting booked out, there are still 4 spots available in the tue /wed course (28-29 August). If you can arrange to take the week off, you could do an avy course, spend a couple of days somewhere fun (Mt Bogong, the High Plains, Falls Creek resort) and then join the backcountry festival on Saturday am.

The courses are $300. You can find further information and register here. They will be held out of the Howmans Gap Alpine Centre.

Backcountry film festival features Australian-made films

The inaugural Australian backcountry film festival

Its time for our own festival! This set of short films comes from a number of different producers and features some lovely stories and stunning scenes from some of our grandest skiing and riding terrain. A number of inspirational speakers – Stephen Curtain, Matt O’Keeffe, Tamara Hutchins and Katya Crema will get you fired up for your next adventure in the backcountry.

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Bogong supports the festival

During the festival, we will be aiming to raise some funds for two causes. One way this will happen is through a raffle that will be held at the film festival on saturday night.

The first will be for a breeding program for the mountain pygmy possum (via the Mountain Critter Cause), a critically endangered species that is only found in a small number of locations in the Australian Alps.

The second is the Friends of the Earth (FoE) climate campaign. Climate change will transform the mountains we all love, and FoE is working to help transition the state of Victoria from its current reliance on fossil fuels into a clean energy powerhouse.

I’m not very good at asking for funds or support, but have finally started to approach some of my favourite outdoor stores and brands for some help with the festival.

So, big thanks to Bogong, an awesome gear store in Melbourne, for being the first to come on board with some prizes for our raffle on the Saturday night. Thanks to Neil and the team at Bogong for the support.

If you might have something you could donate that could be raffled off at the film festival, please get in touch: cam.walker@foe.org.au

Thanks!

You can donate directly to Mountain Critter Cause here and to the FoE climate campaign here.

Festival program launched

We now have a fantastic program for the backcountry festival. Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Falls Creek Cross Country, we have some great telemark clinics and snow shoe tours, which are being offered for free.

A range of people have also offered to lead tours or offer skills workshops, like navigation skills and snow camping 101.

There will be demo skis available for hire, an outdoor bar in the afternoon, and a mini film festival featuring Australian made backcountry films in the evening.

Sunday will see the world telemark day gathering, with skiing both in and out of the resort as an option.

The program is available here.

What now?

  • Please invite your mates and spread the word. Facebook page available here.
  • Please register. This is free and makes planning easier if we know numbers. People who have registered will have first option on getting tickets to the film festival.
  • Start to build some stoke. If posting pics through winter, please feel free to tag us #VICbackcountryfestival
  • We know of one person who is planning to walk and snow shoe to the festival from Walhalla (!!). Where are you coming from?

Thanks to the media outlets are getting behind the festival. The image at the top is from the current issue of Explore Adventure Outdoor Magazine.

 

 

Demo gear available for the festival

Everest Sports, based in Bright, will be providing some demo skis for hire. Full details shortly.

Everest are also offering some good deals on gear. Get in touch now to arrange it so you can collect on your way through to the festival.

Winter Sale

30-60% OFF

Crispi 2017 NTN boots $499 2018 models $699

Crispi Tech Fit AT boots $499

Rottefella NTN Bindings $499

Tyrolia Ambition Touring bindings $399

Adjustable Poles 50% off

G3 Ion Bindings 30% OFF

Red Feather Snow Shoes $199

ATK bindings 30% OFF

SKIS 30% -60% off

XTM Merino $50 a piece

XTM Merino and Down jackets and Vests $99 & $69

Rottefella, Crispi, Majesty Skis, G3, Ortovox, Mont, TNF, XTM, Alpina, Tyrolia, Red Feather, Salomon,

Plenty of in store Specials.

Contact Everest: sales@everestsports.com.au

www.everestsports.com.au

28A Ireland ST, Bright.

03 5755 2227.

 

 

 

Australia’s first backcountry festival.

Media release. Backcountry festival

Celebrating World Telemark Day and all things backcountry – tele, split boarding, cross country, snow shoeing & alpine touring

When it comes to winter sports, backcountry skiing and riding is the ‘new black’. With more and more snow media attention on the topic, and continued development of lighter and better alpine touring and splitboard gear, growing numbers of people are leaving the resorts and venturing into wilder terrain.

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BC festivals – Australia gets with the program

Outdoor adventure in the backcountry and community gatherings in the snow. What could be better? Australia already has a couple of regular events (the standout is Splitfest, held in the Snowy Mountains each August). The 2018 BC Fest is (as far as we know) the first ‘all things backcountry’ festival in Australia. It will happen at Falls Creek resort over the weekend of September 1 and 2.

There is a diverse backcountry community in Australia – mountain enthusiasts whose love of snow and terrain takes them outside resort boundaries. It makes sense to have an annual community gathering. Overseas there is a long tradition of these types of festivals. In 2018, Australia will get with the program.

Here’s some inspiration to get you ready:

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