Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Wahooo! It's Winter!

And we're off to a good start - 5. June marks the first day for which snow-data get's recorded and statistically 92% of all seasons since 1993 have less than 10cm of snow or are completely dry. Not today!

Both Mount Buller and Hotham got a good dump last week and now we just have to hope the Winter keeps delivering. If you want to know how this season will do, check out the Grasshopper's June Outlook. Downunder our shred-fests are dependant on the big climate drivers El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and Southern Annular Mode (SAM) but the Grasshopper can explain their impact much better than I could.
If you want to know how the season is progressing, I'll track it on this page:

This excludes any snow-making which means it gives you an idea of surrounding backcountry areas. The Mount Buller numbers are good for the Bluff and Stirling while Hotham gives you an indication of Feathertop and the Bogong High Plains.

Cheers 🍻

P.S.: ... some pics from the early season opening @ Buller

Friday, 29 March 2019

What is this brand name telling us?

There are about twenty-million outdoor brands on the planet and the reality is their names try to inspire us to see the big adventure ahead ... that sometimes doesn't work out that well 😉 Here are my bad takes on various brand names and the associations they spark.

⚠ Warning! Dad-jokes ahead! 
  • 66° North - Hands down! That's Finnish vodka!
  • Salomon - Careful with your kids. They might get chopped up.
  • Kathmandu - Stinking city which feels like driving Mario Cart on weed.
  • Patagonia - Sometimes it works out really well but most of the time it's windy, rainy, foggy, cold, muddy and miserable.
  • Jack Wolfskin - Dates back to the Celtic tribes who dressed in animal skins served a painful defeat to the Roman Empire at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. Not really useful these days.
  • Arc'teryx - Old extinct glorified roasted chicken. Don't confuse it with the mighty bin-chicken - that'd be a hotel chain
  • Mountain Hardware - Are you sure about this? Feels really soft ...
  • Marmot - Awwww the cute little fluffy hearts of the mountains.
  • Icebreaker - Just imagine a Russian captain on the bridge of his nuclear powered vessel having some sips/gulps of 66° North.
  • Berghaus - Some random pommy wanted to sound German-cool and didn't realise we call it Berghütte. #fail
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear - this is ... surprisingly honest!
  • Quechua - The sound a cane-toad makes when you pitch a tent on top of it (intentionally or not)
I know I know! Terrible. Not funny. I'll see myself out ...

Cheers 😂

Monday, 25 March 2019

Oscar's 100 Hut2Hut

We've signed up for a 100km hike in the beautiful High Country - again! Now we got a great excuse to do some training and raise some money for a good cause. If you want to come along, do some support or just cheer us on, get in touch.

Of course we'll be stoked if you can help us with our bold $3000 fundraising target! Every donation counts. Just visit our fundraising page:

Thanks & Cheers
The Valentines - Emil, Anna & Philipp