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In August 1936 three young men, Cleve Cole, Mick Hull, and Howard Michell, skied from Mount Hotham across the Bogong High Plains to Mount Bogong located in the north eastern area of Victoria. On reaching the mountain they became trapped for four days on the summit ridge by appalling weather conditions.

To escape, they descended, by mischance into the Big River area. For three days they followed the river through very rough country before deciding that Howard, the fittest of the three, should continue alone to find help, leaving Mick to care for Cleve who by then, was barely able to continue. Three days later a search party, raised after Howard had reached Glen Valley, found Cleve and Mick.

Within two days the group arrived at Glen Valley where, tragically, Cleve Cole died later that night. In memory of Cleve`s life, and in recognition of his pioneering work in the Victorian alpine country it was decided to build a refuge hut on the mountain.


Address:Camp Valley Walking Track, Camp Valley, , Mount Bogong
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.75
Long: 147.33
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Malcolm McColl (architect)


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1938
Source: MA
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