For the last day on my own, I decided to hike out to Mt Feathertop. Feathertop is noted for being a steep pointy peak, which is rare in the Australian Alps. It is also the second highest peak in Victoria at 1922m so definitely worth a visit. As I had spent the night at Dinner Plain again after my excursion to Lake Tali Karng, it made sense to ascend via the Razorback ridge from the Mt Hotham ski area – a 22km round trip. This route is also almost entirely above the treeline so you get good views the whole way.
After the previous day’s activity, I slept in so had a late start setting off at about 11am. I got to the summit shortly after 1pm, spent about an hour on top for lunch, then took a more leisurely pace back, stopping at the Federation Hut (a 1km detour) and again for tea and got back to Keddie and Yoga at about 6pm.
Federation hut on Bungalow Spur, which I visited on the decent
That evening, I had a lovely solitary bush camp about 12km away. Normally it would have been in a grove of snow gums on a ridge, but like many parts, these were killed in the 2003 bushfires, with 16 year regrowth reaching only about 2 to 3m in height. This did however allow great views on either side of the ridge and an enjoyable sunset over Mt Buller while blogging.