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Friday 21 July
THE RETREAT HOTEL
226 NICHOLSON ST
The Mt Bogong Club was formed in 1965 to promote the environmentally sensitive and safe recreational use of Mt Bogong, to maintain the Cleve Cole Memorial hut and Michell Refuge for community use, provide a safety refuge for those in need of assistance on the mountain and to organise social and recreational events for club members. The Mt Bogong Club works closely and in conjunction with Parks Victoria, the manager of the Alpine National Park, including Mt Bogong.
Potential Club members are required to have walked to the top of Mt Bogong, have completed a Work Party and then be nominated for membership. The current annual membership fee is $20 or $40 for families.
Members have access to the member’s facilities at Cleve Cole ($5 per night) and participate in all Club activities. There is an annual Rort that includes an annual general meeting where members complete the formalities and catch up over dinner.
If you didn't receive yours, perhaps you are not financial?
The weekend weather report was for a cold and sunny day with no wind, perfect for a resupply mission. I was glad I took my snowshoes, I took a few photos on the way to get everyone excited about the year ahead. I arrived about 1pm and found the hut as neat as a pin, a testament to the public and members who visit and care for Cleve Cole's memory.
As it turned out, a bit of a crowd turned up, and a fine evening was had sharing the hut with past Mt Bogong Club office holders Rob and Keith, a couple of highly optimistic ice climbers on skis and a pair of younger couples, perhaps not quite so pleased they had to share the hut. But you take your chances...
The new steps look excellent, you would think they were original and Gordies work on the new hearth was a great improvement. The new gas stove is a revelation! Keith also supplied some new pots.
Sunday morning, hard and fast over the ice, looking south to snow on Falls Creek and Saturday morning looking north from Hell Gap on one of those few days when it was not very Hellish.
Non circum coimus!!!
Mount Bogong Club Inc. Annual General Meeting
At the Retreat Hotel
7:00 pm Friday 8th July 2016
Skis, crampons, ice picks and climbing ropes may be left in the foyer.
ANZAC Day Summit assault & battteries.