XPD 4th Edition - Australian High Country

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XPD 4th Edition Course

Location – Australian Alps
Date – Nov 2008
Distance – approx 800km
Winners – Blackheart.com.au
Winners time – 5 days 15 hours 3 minutes
Last Team – Where The Fukrwe
Last Time – 8 days 2 hours 55 minutes
Disciplines – trek, mountain bike, white water kayak, navigation
Started – 31 teams
Finished – 13 teams
Short Course (voluntary) – 5 teams
Unranked Finish – 9 teams
Did Not Finish – 4 teams

Green = Trek, Orange = Mountain Bike, Blue = Kayak.

XPD Edition 4 – High Country

Images from XPD 4th Edition taken by various competitors.

Race Reports

Race Report from Team Blackheart
Race Report from Team Still Thinking About It – Swire Shipping
Race Report from Team Africa
Race Report from Team Outdoor Australia

Videos produced by teams

Video by – Overview Race Coverage

Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE – 21 Jan 08 – XPD 4th Ed Australian High Country
MEDIA RELEASE – 29 Oct 08 – XPD 4th Ed Australian High Country
MEDIA RELEASE – 4 Feb 08 – Thredbo Named Host of XPD 4th Edition
MEDIA RELEASE – 5 Sep 07 – XPD 4th Ed Australian High Country

Course Information

Course Map – Overview

In the spirit of a true expedition teams will be undertaking an 800km course of a linear format. They will experience all the high country has to offer from Australia’s highest mountains; white water paddling on turbulent rivers fed by melting winter snow; navigating through alpine forests of snow gums and tall sub-alpine mountain gums and visiting historic gold rush towns.

A highlight will be ascending the highest mountains in the country including Mt Bogong (1984m) which is Victoria’s highest peak and Mt Kosciuszko (2228m) which is both New South Wales’ and Australia’s highest mountain.

XPD 4th edition will be a race of mammoth proportions. Teams will race day and night with little sleep for five to ten days. The clock won’t stop. Each day their body will expend more energy than will be possible for teams to replace. A single leg of the race would be considered by the general public as an expedition in itself. Team will need to complete thirteen of these legs consecutively. If they can survive this then they will be able to sit under the finish line, in the finishers’ lounge, and be called an XPD finisher.
The Start

The start location is high up on the top of Mt Buffalo, across the border in the Victorian High Country. XPD will start mid afternoon Wednesday 19th November 2008. Teams will be transported to the start on buses.

1. Trek 30km

The first trek will involve visits to scenic and historical locations on the Mt Buffalo Plateau. It is an incredibly beautiful park so hopefully teams will take the time to appreciate their surroundings!

2. Mountain Bike 60km

The race will take teams to the historic gold mining Buckland Valley to CP3 in the vicinity of the old town site. A climb then descent will take teams out of the Buckland and down into the neighboring Ovens Valley.

3. Trek 85km

This is the longest trek teams will complete in the 4th Edition of XPD. It is strenuous and involves significant altitude gain and loss. Teams will spend much of the trek in the Alpine Zone and be exposed to rapidly changing weather.

There are many highlights in this leg. Teams will ascend Mt Feathertop and traverse a section of the legendary razorback. Teams will travel across the Bogong High Plains which are a significant feature of the Australian Alps. Mid trek teams will pass through the welcome haven of Falls Creek Alpine Resort. Finally teams will ascend the highest mountain in Victoria, Mt Bogong at 1984m before descending into the scenic Kiewa Valley.

4. Kayak 32km

After the first three legs, teams will welcome some time off their feet and in the kayaks. The Kiewa River is a beautiful section of moving water and should be very enjoyable. There are enough rapids to keep teams concentrating and hopefully a smile on their face!

5. Mountain Bike 210km

This massive ride is the biggest ever attempted by competitors at an XPD. It is the longest, has the most altitude gain/loss, and is navigationally difficult. There are many many route choices. It is an expedition within an expedition.

Teams should be well prepared before departing on this leg.

There is a dark zone at the end of this leg for the next paddle on the Murray River.

6. Kayak 55km

The Upper Murray in the section teams will paddle an enjoyable and scenic journey down moving water with small rapids.

Dark Zone and Other Restrictions

Teams may be on the water between the hours of 0600-2000hrs ONLY.

Outside these times teams have the option to either camp on the bank and wait for the dark zone to lift, or portage their kayaks along the road towards the end of the leg.

Offset Compulsory Stop at Mid Camp

After a team has been at Indi Bridge for more than one hour, the time in the transition after this initial one hour, between the hours of 2000 through to 0600 (the Dark Zone), up to a maximum of 4 hours, may be reduced from the compulsory 6 hour stop at mid camp. This is not applicable if teams stop at any point along the river due to the dark zone, only the Indi Bridge Transition.

Mid Camp Notes (CP12)

Teams will then arrive at mid camp. This point is located in terms of distance, just over half way. While they have some big, grueling legs to come, they have completed the longest and hardest trekking, mountain biking and kayaking legs. At mid-camp teams are treated to a hot meal and have the option to charge batteries.

7. Mountain Bike 65km

This mountain bike takes teams through some scenic farming country in the Upper Murray and Riverina Region before climbing up to the Maragle State Forest. Once in the forest look out for the hundreds of wild brumbies who make the forest their home.
8. Trek Orienteering 25km

This leg is navigationally intensive and will allow teams with strong skills in this area to gain advantage. Teams will receive the locations of the checkpoints and instructions when they reach this CP. Once again look out for the wild brumbies running through the forest!

9. Mountain Bike 35km

While this leg is short in distance the altitude gain/loss will ensure teams don’t take this too lightly. An “adventure swim” near CP16 will see two team members braving the frigid waters of the Tumut River to help get their team across this obstacle.

10. Trek 25km

This leg is a great high country trek with some spectacular scenery. Straightforward trekking initially is followed by more challenging navigation as teams trek over Tantangara Mountain. The mountain is remote with no roads and is covered by snow in the winter.

11. Kayak 30km

This leg is a predominately flat water paddle on the massive expanse of Lake Eucumbene. Due to low water levels in the lake, navigation will be important.

12. Mountain Bike 65km

This is the last mountain bike leg of the race. It will take teams South of Lake Eucumbene through the Kosciuszko National Park, past the ski resort of Perisher and on to Charlotte Pass.

13. Trek 22km

The final trek and the final leg of the 4th Edition of XPD will take teams along the main range and over the highest mountain in the country. Talk about finishing on a high! This leg will be a final taste of the Australian Alps and hopefully a great final memory of their 800km journey through the Australian High Country. There should still be many snow-drifts throughout this leg and they can expect to be trekking on snow for parts.

Significant Ascents on Route

Mount Buffalo
The Hump 1695m
Mt Feathertop 1922m
Little Mt Feathertop 1775m
High Knob 1801m
Mt Jim 1818m
Mt Nelse 1882m
Mt Nelse North 1885m
Mt Bogong 1984m (Victoria’s highest mountain)
Mt Tawonga 1269m
Pilot Reef Mountain 1365m
Tantangara Mountain 1745m
Carruthers Peak 2140m
Mt Northcote 2131m
Mt Kosciuszko 2229m (Australia’s highest mountain)