Saturday, February 28, 2015
Little Ginini & Ginger Ale, ACT, Australia
2015 February: One day climb to Little Ginini & Ginger Ale from Corin Dam, ACT, Australia
Prolog - List of 11 highest named peaks in ACT
I've compiled this list of 11 highest named peaks in ACT. One day, I like to climb them all. Contact me if you wish to do so too. (Data is from Rooftop's map called "Namadgi - ACT South Activities Map" 2011 edition.)
• 01 1913 m Bimberi Peak - photos and write up on this climb are in my blogs:
From east: http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/bimberi-act-australia-east-approach.html
From west: http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2009/12/bimberi-act-australia.html
• 02 1856 m Mt Gingera - photos and write up on this climb are in my blog:
• 03 1846 m Mt Murray
• 04 1826 m Mt Kelly - photos and write up on this climb are in my blog:
• 05 1810 m Unnamed peak just east of Mt Scabby - Easting: 668144; Northing: 6041045
1791 m Mt Scabby - Easting: 667725; Northing: 6041140
• 06 1784 m Mt Namadgi - photos and write up on this climb are in my blog:
• ** 1766 m Ginger Ale - this climb (unnamed on paper maps); on ACT/NSW border, between Leura Gap & Blackfellows Gap
• 07 1763 m Mt Ginini - photos and write up on this climb are in my blog:
• 08 1740 m Mt Gudgenby
• 09 1738 m Little Ginini - this climb
• 10 1727 m Sentry Box Mountain eastern peak - Easting: 672182; Northing: 6033836
1697 m Sentry Box Mountain western peak - Easting: 671412; Northing: 6033807
Photos and write up on this climb are in my blog:
• 11 1724 m Mt Burbidge - photos and write up on this climb are in my blog:
• ** 1711 m Mt Mavis (unnamed on paper maps) - Easting: 672279; Northing: 6049323 (just north-east of Mt Namadgi; east of Big Creamy Flats)
Today's climb - Little Ginini & Ginger Ale
Continuing my effort to climb the 11 highest peaks in ACT ...
Today's climb is to:
- Little Ginini, 1738 meters, 9th highest named peak in ACT.
- Ginger Ale, 1766 meters, unnamed on paper maps, but known to ACT bushwalking community as Ginger Ale.
And thanks for Adam's company.
• 8626-1N Corin Dam 1:25,000
• Rooftop's "Namadgi - ACT South Activities Map" 2011 edition; 1:50,000
• 8626 Tantangara 1:100,000
The below map is from the Rooftop's Namadgi map. The red arrow near bottom left hand corner points to Ginger Ale.
The GPX file of our walk can be download from:
I love my GPS ... About 100 meters from the summit of Ginger Ale, I discovered my camera was missing. After a quick search around, we decided to head for the summit first; afterwards use the GPS to retrace the exact route that we came up the slope. Lo and behold, with Adam's sharp eyes, we found the camera lying on the ground. As we were bushbashing, without a GPS to retrace the exact steps, this blog would not have any pictures !
To Little Ginini:
• Start at Corin Dam carpark.
• Take Stockyard Spur Walking Track.
• At junction of Stockyard Spur Walking Track and Mt Franklin Rd, bushbash westward to Little Ginini summit.
• Climb back down to Mt Franklin Rd.
To Ginger Ale:
• Continue on Mt Franklin Rd to the point of closest approach between Mt Franklin Rd and Ginger Ale summit.
• Then get off the road and bushbash westward towards Ginger Ale summit.
• Retrace steps back to Corin Dam carpark.
On the return leg, Adam's foot is not well. Luckily, we meet a guy who has just finished repairing a section of the Mt Franklin Rd and is about to go home. He kindly offers to drive us to the helicopter pad at Stockyard Spur Walking Track ... that is as far as his 4-wheel-drive ute can go. It saves us about 8 km of walking and probably saves Adam's foot as well !
Timeline & Distance
07:08 0.0 km Start at Corin Dam carpark
09:36 6.4 km at junction of Stockyard Spur Walking Track & Mt Franklin Rd
09:45 6.4 km Bushbash up Little Ginini slope
10:09 7.1 km at Little Ginini summit
10:33 7.1 km Leave Little Ginini Summit
10:43 7.4 km at NSW/ACT border marker O57
10:51 7.4 km Leave NSW/ACT border marker O57
11:08 7.9 km at Mt Franklin Rd
11:29 9.4 km at juntion of Mt Franklin Rd & trail to Mt Gingera
11:31 9.4 km Leave juntion of Mt Franklin Rd & trail to Mt Gingera
12:42 14.8 km at Mt Franklin Rd and ready to bushbash up Ginger Ale slope
13:29 15.7 km Discover my camera is missing on Ginger Ale slope
13:32 15.7 km Retrace steps down slope to find camera
13:37 15.8 km Give up finding camera
13:40 15.9 km Return to the spot where we started to retrace steps to find camera
13:43 16.0 km at Ginger Ale summit
13:51 16.0 km Leave Ginger Ale summit
14:00 16.2 km Adam finds my camera lying on the ground
14:23 17.2 km at Mt Franklin Rd
15:02 20.4 km Meet road repairer
15:15 20.5 km Get lift in road repairer's ute
15:24 24.6 km at junction of Mt Franklin Rd & Stockyard Spur Walking Track
15:43 28.7 km Drop off road repair's ute at Stockyard Spur Walking Track helicopter pad
Quick lunch - because Adam has a dinner date in Canberra at 19:00.
15:49 28.7 km Start walking
17:00 31.0 km Finish at Corin Dam carpark
Total: 9 hr 52 min; 31.0 km Distance is from Google Earth. (My Garmin GPS gives 33.5 km)
Of which 28 min; 8.2 km is in road repairer's ute.
1) The start of our walk, which is the start of the Stockyard Spur Walking Track, is here at Corin Dam.
The morning is misty. It will eventually clear to a sunny day.
2) On the Stockyard Spur Walking Track, looking down at Corin Dam
3) The Stockyard Spur Walking Track is steep, especially near the beginning.
4) After the initial steep climb, and pass the helicopter pad, the track becomes a fire trail. It is still misty. but it will soon clear to a sunny day.
5) Someone had built this cute little stone arch on the trail.
6) Red mushrooms ~~~
Wonder what type of mushroom is it? I saw them in Kosciuszko National Park too.
7) A termite mound
There is not much of a view on the Stockyard Spur Walking Track ... too many trees. But if you climb one of the many rocky outcrops near the track, you are likely to get a good view of the surrounding area.
8) Here is a nice view from one of the rocky outcrops. The 3 red arrows point to, from left to right:
• Mt Gingera, 1856 m, 2nd highest peak in ACT. I climbed it in 2013 January. Photos and write up on the trip are in my blog http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/mt-gingera-mt-ginini-act-australia.html
• Little Ginini 1738 m, 9th highest named peak in ACT ... we'll soon be at its summit.
• Mt Ginini, 1763 m, 7th highest named peak in ACT. I climbed in 2013 January, together with Mt Gingera.
9) We are still on the Stockyard Spur Walking Track, and close to Mt Franklin Rd. Little Ginini is in front.
10) A sign post at the junction of Stockyard Spur Walking Track and Mt Franklin Rd ~~~
Directly behind this sign post is the slope up Little Ginini. It is here that we start to bushbash up the slope.
11) We are bushbashing up Little Ginini. Unlike Mt Kelly, it is light scrub here, quite easy to get through.
12) A wombat hole
13) Little yellow flowers are abound everywhere, not just here on the slope of Little Ginini.
14) These two yellow flowers maybe of different species ???
15) Podolepis jaceoides ???
16) Xerochrysum bracteatum (??? not sure) commonly known as Golden Everlasting or Strawflower
17) This one is Senecio linearifolius (Fireweed Groundsel)
18) The top of Little Ginini is very flat. We think this is the summit, 1738 m, 9th highest named peak in ACT. (If you reckon the summit is not here, let me know.)
19) Adam and I at the summit of Little Ginini
20) Around the summit of Little Ginini - quite a pleasant setting
21) Coming down from the summit, we pass a cairn marking the NSW/ACT border - where Adam is standing right now. (Next photo has a close up view of the cairn.)
22) The cairn is NSW/ACT border marker O57. (Reference: John Evan's web page: http://www.johnevans.id.au/wp/other-resources/act-border-markers/3681-2/ ... when in there, search for O57, then click on the picture icon.)
The mountain in the background is Mt Gingera, 1856 m, 2nd highest mountain in ACT. (This photo is taken by Adam.)
23) Adam and I take a selfie here with the border marker behind us.
24) We climbed down from Little Ginini and are now on Mt Franklin Rd to Ginger Ale ... Don't even think about it, ordinary folks like us are not allowed to drive on this road.
Here, the mountain in front is Mt Gingera.
25) At the turn off to Mt Gingera (from Mt Franklin Rd) is this blue stone on top of a post. Both Adam and I have already climbed Gingera, so we keep going on Mt Franklin Rd to Ginger Ale.
26) At a creek at where photo #25 was taken is this chubby lizard.
27) A chubby green caterpillar on Mt Franklin Rd ~~~
Why is it crawling on the road and exposed to predators?
By the way, what looks like the head on the left is actually the tail. The real head is on the right.
28) On Mt Franklin Rd looking towards south-south-east ~~~
The 4 red arrows from left to right point to:
- Mt Kelly, 1826 m, 4th highest peak in ACT. I climbed it in 2015 January. Photos and write up on the trip are in my blog: http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/kelly-burbidge-nsw-australia.html
- Mt Scabby 1791 m, 5th highest peak in ACT.
- Bimberi Peak, 1913 m, highest mountain in ACT. I've climbed it a few times.
- Ginger Ale, 1766 m (behind the tree branches) ... we are heading there.
29) Zooming onto the left side of the previous photo ~~~
The red arrows from left to right point to:
- Mt Namagi, 1784 m, would love to climb it one day.
- Mt Burbidge, 1724 m, 10th highest named peak in ACT. I climb it in 2015 January.
- Mt Kelly, 1826 m, 4th highest peak in ACT. I climbed it in 2015 January together with Mt Burbidge.
30) On Mt Franklin Rd heading towards Ginger Ale which is the mountain in front
31) On Mt Franklin Rd with a good view towards Ginger Ale
32) At the point of closest approach of Mt Franklin Rd to Ginger Ale summit, we get off the road and bushbash westward towards the summit.
33) These small light purple coloured flowers are everywhere, not just here on the slope of Ginger Ale. These two probably belong to different species.
34) Acripeza reticulata (Mountain Katydid), also known as Mountain Grasshopper ~~~
This one is a female (male Mountain Katydid is very skinny).
When it spreads its wings, its body has colourful red, black and blue bands. The right pic is its rear and you can see the blue bands on its body.
(PS: Two weeks later, when climbing Gungartan in Kosciuszko National Park, A female Mountain Katydid opens its wings and allows me to I snap a photo of its beautiful coloured body ... please see photo #11 in my blog http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/gungartan-kerries-ridge-nsw-australia.html .)
35) At Ginger Ale summit with Adam
36) From the summit towards the north is this view of Mt Gingera.
37) We've climbed down from Ginger Ale and are retracing Mt Franklin Rd back to our car at Corin Dam.
This spot on the Mt Franklin Rd is under repairs. Adam's foot is not well and as the guy fixing the road is just finishing work for the day, he offers to take us in his ute back to Stockyard Spur Walking Track.
38) This is the good Samaritan. He drops us off at the helicopter pad at Stockyard Spur Walking Track ... this is as far as his ute can go. He saves us about 8 km of walking; and probably saves Adam's foot as well !
39) Not far from where we were dropped off, Adam finds this Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis). Wikipedia says it is the world's second most venomous land snake.