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Lake Tali Kahn attempt - 1st July
Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 2:04 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Guys im going to attempt to get into Lake Tali Kahn along the Wellignton river track on the 1st of July.

There are a few options. But they all involve an extremely early start.
1- We camp up there near the start of the track on Saturday night (30th June) and trek out at the crack of dawn (lets say 6am).
2- Crash at my place and set out very early (~4.30-5am)

The track has not been reassessed since floods 2 weeks ago so may be hard to find and/or river may be hard to cross... There are river crossings so you will get wet and cold.

Backup plan:
We buy blowup mattresses or boats and float down river?
(obviously cannot buy these on sunday, due to early start).

Needless to say, you will need warm clothes, water proof clothes, lunch & snacks, towel, torch, maybe a spare pair of shoes and all the other hiking essentials.

This will be a big day and we may need to retreat without actually reaching the lake.

"Tali Karng is the only natural lake in the Victorian Alps.[1] It is the only deep lake in Victoria, and is 14 ha in area. Unlike alpine lakes in the Snowy Mountains, it was not created by glaciers; rather than being made 10,000 years ago, it was formed by a landslide 1500 years ago, this falling from the Sentinel, which is 700 m above the valley. The landslide dammed the Wellington River with the area of the landslide now known as the Valley of Destruction....

Access to the lake is the 15 km walk up the Wellington River. This involves 15 river crossings, and can be quite dangerous, particularly under high river conditions. The final passage through the Valley of destruction can be particularly challenging, given the small boulders which must be traversed." ~ Wikipedia

Please let me know if interested.


Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 10:58 pm by from Raymond Island, Australia (Permalink)
Good day Jacob,
Pleased to hear that the lake is still open to the public,
I went there over Forty years ago in my old Toyota fwd.
I would love to go with you all but I am too old and the body can't keep up with the mind.
Have a great time
Best regards Pete.

Posted June 23rd, 2012 - 3:46 am by from Stratford, Australia (Permalink)
Haha mate that sounds like an awesome adventure but unfortunately I'm already busy next weekend - short notice if often the killer with me. The rafting or tubing down the river might be well sorted for when it starts getting a bit warmer.. Melb cup weekend?

Posted June 25th, 2012 - 3:13 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Yeah, I havent done it along the river before but have been in from the top. Got sick of sitting around thinking about doing it.

Am also keen on doing the Lab caves, maybe we could organise an adventure in there.

Daz let me know if you do any more hiking around the area.

Posted June 25th, 2012 - 11:42 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Jacob, that sounds fantastic!! I would love to join! But am in the same boat as the others, other plans. I went crawling around in the lab caves last week - so if you plan on going there and havn't been recently, let me know and I can give you a few tips. :)
Enjoy the Tali mission!


Posted June 28th, 2012 - 4:49 am by from Bairnsdale, Australia (Permalink)
Hey man I'm keen but can only do it saturday as i have soccer on sunday. let me know if thats possible.

Posted June 28th, 2012 - 8:45 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Sorry jonny, cant do it on Saturday.. We might be starting Saturday arvo/night but going to finish it on Sunday. Hopefully can do more soon, and post some of the other stuff I do off the cuff.

Posted June 28th, 2012 - 9:11 am by from Bairnsdale, Australia (Permalink)
Ahh lame:p all good man. If your up my way give me a bell and we should do something!