18 scouts, 6 leaders and some parent helpers left Kama hall Friday and camped overnight at Sawpit Creek.
We arrived the camp ground Friday night after a stop in Cooma to pick up skis (Bear’s ski box can hold 18 pairs of cross country skis and 22 pairs of cross country poles!) with most of the tents already pitched (thanks Wren, Bunyip, Fox, Seal, Patrick, Alex and Thomas). After a quick bite to eat (the traditional toasted sandwiches) it was time to get into our sleeping bags.
During the night we had strong winds but the wind was “high” so only affected the tree tops, not our tents. The positive side effect was also dry tents on Saturday morning. After a large cooked breakfast and cereal it was time to drive to Perisher.
After parking close to the main car park we offloaded the skis and walked up the hill to the cross country tracks. The strong winds overnight had polished the snow (as in: very icy) but some of the tracks were groomed and we set off in the middle of a cross country ski race (note to Bear: Next year try to avoid the Perisher XC Ski Week…).
All scouts did at least the 2.5 km loop, and I think everybody learnt that polished snow (as in ice) is fairly hard when you fall and slippery when going uphill. A bit earlier than expected we got hit by a snow storm/blizzard – the bad news was the reduced visibility and the colder temperature, the good news was that we got fresh snow that made it easier to ski.
After the 2.5 km loop, we all went to the National Park shelter for lunch and some scouts even found time for some snow ball throwing fun! The weather was getting worse and the storm would increase in strength so we left a bit earlier than planned and drove back to Canberra with a stop in Cooma to hand back the skis.
We arrived back at the hall at approx 5:30pm on Saturday and we all agreed that the trip in summary was great fun. (Bear’s mental note to self: Having five girls in the car means that you will be exposed to a lot of music you do not normally listen to…. Banana Phone still goes on replay in my head…)
I have attached some pictures from our trip – and the last couple show that we left in time – just a few hours later it was necessary to have chains from Sawpit Creek towards Perisher…