Mt Buffalo and "The Horn" Hill Climb - March 2014

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by Fabian, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I cant convey by words how rugged and beautiful the scenery is at Mt Buffalo and also the physically punishing but terrifically rewarding walk to "Horn" summit; with it's breath taking views and eerie movement of clouds around the rocky edifice and observation platform, not to mention the crows making noise in the background.

    As with many of these adventures, the photos don't do justice to the awe inspiring scenery.



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  2. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Active Member

    Gorgeous views, very beautiful looking country and a very inspiring post! :):)
    That ride looks like a LOT of fun, and I love that grin you have to prove it haha! :D
    How many miles for this one? Total climb? Journey time? :)

    p.s. I need an Ibex!
     
  3. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Every time i ride my motorized bicycle i have an ear to ear grin that takes days to remove from my face; more so when i am in company of other bicycle riders slogging their guts out; not looking the least bit happy about doing what they are doing, then sprouting the most evil filthy looks at me when i arrive at a particular destination looking fresh as a daisy and making mention of the nasty steep but ever so enjoyable hill climb.

    Everyone needs a BoB IBEX, because a conventional two wheeled rigid axle bicycle trailer has major limitations when traveling over badly made or uneven surfaces, especially if you're carrying electronic equipment in your bicycle trailer.

    The suspension mechanism of the IBEX makes sure everything arrives at your destination in one piece.
     
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  4. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Journey time up the mountain was around 5 hours as i detoured to various scenic spots along the way.

    The altitude of Mt Buffalo is listed as 5,653 feet, with the direct journey distance from Bright to Mt Buffalo (shown in the below pic) being listed as 42 kilometers (26 miles).
    From my experience the Mt Buffalo ascent was a relatively straight forward climb even though part of it was on dirt roads.

    By comparison the Mt Hotham hill climb was a total ball breaker; the engine spewing oil and piston ring material out the exhaust for every single yard of the ascent.




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  5. Hamzsim

    Hamzsim Banned

    Dude this is a MOTOR BIKE FORUM not a hiking forum,get a life-visit boredhikers.com:likelots:
     
  6. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    @ Hamzsim - maybe i am missing something that you understand and i haven't yet grasped, but my understanding is that the thread is correctly placed in the "Travelling" and "Commuting" section of the forum and not in the "General" section of the forum.

    Those words said, it might be best to walk yourself out of this thread and find another corner to blow around some hot air; propelled by a low level of mental inertia.
     
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  7. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Active Member

    It certainly goes to prove the capability of your motor assisted bicycle. :) Did you pedal much on the way up? I know I really hate long climbs in summer heat on my bicycle, carrying all that extra water that I need to rehydrate as I work my guts out, and with the poor low-speed stability of a "bob yak rip-off" due to the head angle adding to my frustrations I am going to have a hard time doing any serious hill climbing this summer. :sweatdrop: I'd be shooting dirty looks at you as you pass too, lol! Just from envy of course. ;)
     
  8. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    The legal requirements that come with riding a motorized bicycle in my location are that when the engine is operating, the pedals must be turning. Naturally i am a good law abiding citizen and the Department of Motor Vehicle spooks are watching my every move; on this forum and hiding in the bushes with their camouflage gear, ready to nail my backside to the wall the moment the bicycle pedals stop turning.
     
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  9. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I also carry extra water. It's called "banging water" and the fuel tank is frequently rehydrated as the engine works it's guts out.



    To achieve the reliability my bike now gives has taken the best part of two years worth of pain and heartbreak as the bike was slowly cured of it's many facets of unreliability.
     
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