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Cleve Cole Hut

Photo of Cleve Cole

 The Cleve Cole Hut is situated in a sheltered area below the tree line at the head of Camp Creek, at an altitude of 1760 metres. It is dedicated to the memory of Cleve Cole, a Victorian skiing pioneer who died after being trapped on Mount Bogong in the winter of 1936. In a virtual wilderness it is a magnificent refuge and a base in all seasons for walkers and skiers alike.

 

Photo of Malcolm McColl

 

The intention behind its construction was to reduce the everpresent dangers posed by Mt Bogong, the same dangers which over the years brought several peoples' lives to an untimely end. The hut's architect, Malcolm McColl, himself a keen skier, designed the building in 1936 and the hut's construction started in February 1937; it was usable by winter of the same year. In all, about 10 tonnes of building materials were moved up the mountain by packhorses; the only means of transport available in those days.

 

Photo of volunteers carrying building materials Photo of pack horses carrying building materials Photo of hut construction formwork and rock laying Photo of construction volunteer tents

The hut is a solid stone building, with a kitchen, bunk/living areas and an outside toilet, the periodic repositioning of which (in the interests of environmental preservation), is a ritual enjoyed by the more energetic club members:

Cartoon of dunny erection

The Cleve Cole Hut is a Crown Hut within The Alpine National Park, regulated by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and maintained by The Mount Bogong Club, whose members have, since 1965, improved the hut and kept it in excellent condition.

Photo of Cleve Cole Hut August 1991

Cleve Cole Hut - August 1991