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Mt Torbreck, Pyramid Hill and Sugarloaf Peak 2017

The Melbourne Cup, a hugely hyped horse race affords Melburnians with a three day long weekend, allowing yours truly, being disinterested in all things equestrian, a day in the Victorian mountains, my first activations for more than 3 months. Mt Torbreck VK3/VN-001 in the Rubicon Range just south of Eildon would start the day, followed by nearby Pyramid Hill and the peak in the Cathedral Ranges if time and energy allowed.  Leaving Melbourne suburbs early, I turned the ignition key at 6:10am and drove towards Eildon, then south down Snobs Creek Rd to Conns Gap Rd, parking at Barnewall Plains Track by 0812, 2 hours and 2 minutes drive time.  The temperature was 8.5C.  The gate was open and a proper 4WD would have ploughed up the first steep section, but I happily walked the kilometer or so to the camping area then up the track to the summit. Steep, but with rewarding scenery, although the summit was in mist and just under cloud.

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Mt Torbreck (VK3/VN-001) and Pyramid Hill (VK3/VN-005)

Mt Torbreck (VK3/VN-001) is the highest peak in a cluster of four SOTA summits in the Rubicon State Forest, south of Eildon.   I planned to leave plenty of time for it as several activator’s blogs gave me the impression that there was a climb involved.  Having another 8 point summit not far away was added incentive for climbing Torbreck in the morning.

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Looking east from Mt Torbreck.

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