Michael, you have to remember that we were not pedantic about following isolated tracks/trails to stay near the 'Divide, especially after running out of food on the AWT.
We grossly under estimated just how much effort was required on the AWT, (and therefore our increased need for food) and I remember one day when we only managed 4km! This was a seriously difficult walking section, and we had to carry our bikes and gear seperately, so you would walk 200m with the bike (and we removed the pedals to stop bashing our shins!), leave it and go back for the panniers, carry the bike.....you get the picture!
When we ran out of food we were two days short of Mt Hotham,(our next contact with civilisation) so we did a check of our maps and retreated to Whitfield, thence to Mytleford and Bright.
My suggestion is to have space to carry heaps of food, if you are going to be away from towns for any length of time. When you are running short of food you soon will abandon you ideas about 'wilderness' riding real quick!
We had no problems with water, although there were times when we had to deviate off our track to find some, but only a short distance usually.
I will certainly let you know how the tent performs, while it is not a “snow tent” the description of “summer tent” is odd as it has the same or higher weight fabric than the Larsen. I have had a few tents and camped on snow a few times and the quality of sleeping bag / thermals is IMHO a lot more important that the tent as long as it keeps out the wet/wind. The mono looks like it will do the trick as I am not going bike skiing. Have a good BNT
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