It’s been ages since my last post but nothing to much interesting has been going on here lately. Since that last trip to baw baw in october out of season I’ve been really upping the amount of roller skiing I do. I’ve been rollerskiing various bike tracks around geelong so stop and say hi if you see me around geelong, I have never seen another roller skier in geelong other than myself.
After that trip to baw baw I’ve finally learnt how to use one skate techique, hopefull it tranfers to snow skis well! As well as that I have been working on my climbing and endurance. So when the opertunity came that the section from the toll booth to the resort at Lake Mountain was closed off from cars I had to roller ski it.
It was just me and my dad this time who went. Dad was a great help during the day as I got a lift back down the mountain, something you don’t want to do on roller skis!
I started the climb at around 10am from the toll booth. Just a quick warm up and I was off. Most of the climb you can do offset technique although there are slightly flatter parts where your tempted to one skate. I did that a few times and ended up wearing myself out even more because one skate can be very draining up hill.
There were about 30 other cyclists taking advantage of the car free road. Just about every one of them said hi or commented on what I was doing. Most of them said ‘looks like hard work’ I was wishing I had have rode my bike instead of using roller skis. The climb was 10km in total, by about 7km I’d had enough and was needing to take more frequent breaks on the side. It was very hard to push myself to keep going, my feet were very sore. Your feet seem to get used a lot more in roller skiing vs snow skiing because more muscles are needed to keep ballance on the roller skis. by the end I found myslef double polling becasue my feet and legs were so sore. It was such a relief to see the resort bulidings appear from the hills, I wasn’t far from the top just a few more steep sections to go.
Finnaly I reached the top. It was such a great feeling. My time was 1hr 04 which was 4 minuets off my goal, I am quite happy of that time regardless of it missing my goal. When I got to the top all the cylclists were watching me from the cafe, some one was even filming me come in. feels very strange getting so much attention.
After the ski I got to meet Sergeant Greg Paul who I have heard about in the cross country community. Greg is a very keen cross country skier who has even been overseas competting in the many loppets. Was great to meet him, hopefully I might see him again at this years kangaroo hoppet.
After a great lunch at the Alpine Burger Bar I went up to the summit for a little walk and to see some of the look out views. There weren’t too many wildflowers out but the ones that were out were pretty nice to see and photograph. The burnt out parts and regrowth make it a very spectacular and unique place.
The tracks were quite easy, one was a fire/acess trail that lead to the telecom tower near the top. The first few hunred meters are quite steep but it flattens out later. At the top you have the choice to go to the Alps lookout for a further 300m. The walk there is through a poorly maintained single track covered in wattle regrowth, but the walk is well worth it as the views are amazing. You get about a 180° view towards lake eildon and the yarra valley. From there you can see Mt Tourbreck and Mt Bullfight in the distance, both of which are covered in snow during winter. In the foreground you can see the rest of the Lake Moutnain plateu. I think this view would be pretty specatular in winter covered in snow.
Hopefully I’ll get up to Lake Mountain to roller ski again this year. You can see the times they are closing off the road again here