Upcoming activity program / to-do list


If you are interested to join in the Australian hiking trips below, contact me:
Email:  mntviews@gmail.com


2020 ??? ?? ??? - 7 Gods Pinnacles, NSW Budawangs ... Been there twice; repeating the trip for a 3rd time  :-)

2020 ??? ?? ??? - Wollangambe Crater and hills around it, NSW Blue Mts

2020 ??? ?? ??? - Yankee Hat & Yankee Hat South, ACT Namadgi Nat Pk  (Camp out in ACT the night before.)

2020 ??? ?? ??? - Zobels Point  &  Zobels Gully, NSW Wollemi Nat Pk

2020 ??? ?? ??? - Up Koopartoo Ramp to Koopartoo Point, then down Koopartoo Pass, NSW Wollemi Nat Pk

2020 ??? ?? ??? - Bungonia National Park, NSW

2020 ??? ?? ??? - Mt Victoria  to  Sugarloaf Mountain, NSW Blue Mts

2020 Oct 03 Sat - The Pyramid  to  Mt Norman, Qld Girraween Nat Pk
2020 Oct 04 Sun - Bald Rock, NSW Bald Rock Nat Pk

2020 Aug ?? ??? - Hiking in snow shoes, NSW Kosciuszko NP

2020 Aug 15 Sat - Wild Gorge, Dome Cave and Cosmic Cave, NSW Newnes SF

2020 Jul ?? ??? - Mercury Boot to Baal Bone Point, NSW Ben Bullen SF & Gardens of Stone NP

2020 Jul 11 Sat - Plateau above Glowworm Tunnel, NSW Wollemi NP

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2020 Jul 04 Sat - Pagodas south-east of Mt Towinhingy, NSW Wollemi NP ... Yay ! Done !

2020 Jun 13 Sat - Red Ledge Pass  to  Mitchells Creek, NSW Blue Mts ... Yay ! Done !

2020 Jun 08 Mon - Black's Ladder  to  Ben Esgate Pass, NSW Blue Mts ... Yay ! Done !


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Planned 3rd trip to 7 Gods Pinnacles, Morton Nat Pk, NSW
2020 month??? day??


In this 3rd trip, the aim is to climb one of the pinnacles.

If anyone is interested to join in for an adventure; and:
       • Has an AWD/4WD  or  able to rope in such a vehicle
       • Able to last 12 hours ... because I am not fast  :-)
then contact me  :-)


Photographs from 2nd trip

Below are some photographs from my 2nd trip to the 7 Gods Pinnacles.

I have been there twice:
- 1st trip: Plain vanilla outing

- 2nd trip: To finish unfinished businesses from the 1st trip  :-)
  Aim to:
       1  Locate Natural Arch.
       2  Climb up the northern-most pinnacle.
       3  Climb one other pinnacle.
  We managed to tick off #1 and #2.
  Run out of time for #3 ... And so, this will be the aim for the 3rd trip.


Chain

1)  On our way to the 7 Gods Pinnacles ~~~
A bushwalk is not a bushwalk without a rope/chain assisted climb  :-)


2)  Jim climbing up the chain


Natural Arch

3)  Unfinished business #1 ... Climb up to this arch ... It is called "Natural Arch".
The last time we were here, we missed the arch because it was quite high up.
(When walking, the tendency is to look down on the ground to avoid obstacles. Hence we missed it last time.)


4)  Climb up to beneath the arch, thus ticking off unfinished business #1  :-)
- This is a 180-degree view from ceiling to floor.
- The floor itself is like on the edge of a razor blade, steep drop off on both side ... an eerie place !


Seven Gods Pinnacles

5)  Now heading to the 7 Gods Pinnacles, the red arrow


Northern-most pinnacle, Rumdoodle

We arrive at the northern-most pinnacle of the 7 Gods Pinnacles.

It is a small one.  I call it the baby pinnacle  :-)   But it is known as Rumdoodle.

6)  At the northern-most pinnacle of the 7 Gods Pinnacles ~~~
- Looks easy to climb, but not so !
- We failed to climb it the last time we were here.


7)  I'm climbing up the northern-most pinnacle (Photographer: Jim)


8)  Unfinished business #2 ... Climb up the steepest part of the slope. (Photographer: Jim)
- The last time we were here, we gave up. We found the slope too steep to be climbed ... almost vertical and lack of handholds.


9)  Jim (right) and I (left) successfully climbed to the top of the northern-most pinnacle, thus ticking off unfinished business #2.


Plan for the 3rd trip

10)  Unfinished business #3 ... Climb up one of these pinnacles in the 7 Gods Pinnacles.
- It takes time to explore ways to climb them.
- Unfortunately, we run out of time.
- Will have to wait for the next (3rd) trip to tick this one off.


Flora

11)  Flowers along the trail ~~~
- Left pic: Isopogon anemonifolius, Broad-leaf Drumsticks
- Right pics: ??? ... Any botanist out there ?


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Planned day-trip to Wollangambe Crater, Blue Mts, NSW
2020 month??? day??


There is a foot track all the way from Bell to Wollangambe Crater, and as such quite boring for bushwalkers like me who prefer off-track walking.

The crater itself is also not interesting.  Just a level patch of grass  :-(

To jazz up the trip, I plan to climb (refer the map below):
- Centre of the Universe ... a 994-meter prominent pagoda-like rock formation
- 978-meter hill ... 2 km west of Wollangambe Crater
- 915-meter hill ... 1 km east of Wollangambe Crater

From satellite image, the 2 hills seem to have interesting pagodas.

There is a foot track to Centre of the Universe.

However, to the 978 and 915-meter hills require off-track climbing, and may involve uncomfortable rock scrambling ... Ah, perfect for me  :-)


Distance & Time

Day trip
-  20 km approx
-  11 hours for the day


Trailhead

- Head west along Bells Line of Road.
- Just before the main road crosses the railway line at Bell, turn into Sandham Rd.
- Drive up Sandham Rd for about 1.5km to a driveway on the right. There is a sign on a tree saying "Wollangambe River 5km", and the road changes from sealed to unsealed at this point. On the right is National Parks sign saying "Bell Perimeter Trail".
- Park car here on the side of the road.


GPS trace file

The planned GPS trace file can be downloaded from this link:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QWdFz5Ruh4I1Swctb0HDkJwwSakFk1ok


Map

1:25,000 topographic map superimposed with the above GPS trace (in red):
4 blue arrows from left to right:
       1  Centre of The Universe ... A photograph is in: https://bushwalkingnsw.com/walk.php?nid=217
       2  978-meter hill ... off-track & rock scrambling to there
       3  Foot track ends here at Wollangambe Crater
       4  915-meter hill ... off-track & rock scrambling to there

You can download the above map from this link:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XJzE-atXdbTQscKJ5tP0Jdba_I6HprUi


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Planned day-trip to Yankee Hat & Yankee Hat South, ACT
2020 month??? day??


Day 1:
       - Leave Sydney at 2pm.
       - Stay overnight at Orroral Campground, ACT
             Bring your own tent & sleeping bag

Dec 2:
       - Up early
       - Drive to Yankee Hat carpark
       - Off-track climb to Yankee Hat & Yankee Hat South in ACT Namadgi Nat Pk
       - Drive straight back to Sydney after the climb


Distance & Time

Day trip
-  12 km based on an idealized plot of the route. Actual distance would be longer.
         Typical ACT Namadgi wilderness area ... heavy duty bushbashing, suitable for masochists  :-)
         Expect some rock scrambling
-  11 hours


Trailhead

Yankee Hat Walking Track Carpark, Old Boboyan Rd, Rendezvous Creek, ACT 2620
(In the map below, it is the blue arrow on the right edge.)


GPS trace file

The planned GPS trace file can be downloaded from this link:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=12muIlU1ESFT_YREyix6X-QbPQFaJkSaN


Map

1:25,000 topographic map superimposed with the above GPS trace (in red, anti-clockwise direction):
3 blue arrows from left to right:
       1  Yankee Hat South, 1558 meters
       2  Yankee Hat, 1447 meters
       3  Yankee Hat carpark ... start and end of walk


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Planned day-trip: Bungonia Nat Pk, NSW
2020 month??? day??


Day trip - Walk on Red Track, Yellow Track, Green Track ... Refer to the map below.


-   5:30am ... Leave Sydney.
-   8:00am ... Park car at Bungonia Lookdown.
-   8:15am ... Walk on Red Track circuit, clockwise direction.
- 12:15pm ... Park car at junction of Yellow Track & Green Track.
                     Walk on Yellow Track.
-   3:15pm ... Walk on Green Track circuit, clockwise direction.
-   8:00pm ... Finish.

12 hours
22.5 km based on an idealized plot of the route.  Actual distance would be longer.


Trail Condition

Mainly on track, with some minor off-track sections:
- Red Track ... Plus off-track climb to Mt Ayre
- Yellow Track .... Plus off-track down to Jerrara Falls
- Green Track ... Plus some minor off-track exploration

Degree of difficulty: Bushwalking club grade 5 ... ie difficult


GPS trace file

Ask me for it.


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Planned day-trip: Mt Victoria to Sugarloaf Mountain, Blue Mts, NSW
2020 month ???, day ??


Day trip - Walk from blue arrow on the right to the blue arrow on the left ... Refer to the map below.
- Starting point of walk: Junction of Mount York Road & Berghofer Dr ... blue arrow on the right.
- Walk along the thin red line to Mt Victoria.
- Then to Sugarloaf Mountain.
- Then down to Little Hartley ... blue arrow on the left.

8 kilometers
6 hours
Difficulty: Bushwalking club grade 4, ie medium

Track condition: Initial part is on track. After crossing Great Western Highway, it is off-track bushbashing.

Car shuffle is required ... Park cars at both of the blue arrows for the car shuffle.


Planned meeting time & place

7:45am - Meet at The Lolly Bug carpark at Little Hartley (near the junction of Coxs River Road and Great Western Highway) ... ie blue arrow on the left.


Planned GPS trace file

Download link:
    - From Mt York Road to Mt Victoria and its southern most point :
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FFEvoXFjg14NzzkxgMntngsU3tQ1h7vT

    - From the southern most point to Sugarloaf Mountain and Little Hartley
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ara5kCWDYHoQMNa6rTs7e8tgE8jB4ykX


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Planned 2 days to Bald Rock NP NSW & Girraween NP Qld
2020 Oct 03-04


Day 1: Bald Rock Nat Pk, NSW
                  Sleep overnight at Tenterfield Showground Caravan Park. Bring your own tent.
Day 2: Girraween Nat Pk, Qld

Then drive straight back to Sydney.


Maps and planned activities

Day 1: Bald Rock National Park, NSW
       - 5:30am - Leave Sydney.
       - 2:00pm - Grab a tent site at Tenterfield Showground Caravan Park. Set up tent.
       - 3:00pm - Leave Tenterfield.
       - 3:30pm - At Bald Rock Nat Pk carpark. Climb Bald Rock.
       - Sleep for the night at Tenterfield Showground Caravan Park.


Day 2 - Girraween National Park, Qld
       - Up early; pack up tent
       - Drive to Girraween Nat Pk ... Park car at Visitor Centre on Pyramids Road
       - To Castle Rock ... south side of Girraween NP
       - To The Sphinx
       - To Turtle Rock
       - Climb Mt Norman
       - To Granite Arch ... north side of Girraween NP
       - To Pyramid Rock
       - 8 to 9 hrs of walking, guestimate ... Degree of difficulty: Bushwalking club grade 5 ... ie difficult


Attention

The Mt Norman climb is not easy. Please read the trail notes and comments in this link:
https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/girraween-national-park/mt-norman


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Planned day-trip:
Plateau above Glowworm Tunnel, Wollemi NP, NSW
2020 July 11, Sat


Day trip ... Planned route is in red :
- Park car at locked gate at northern end of Glowworm Tunnel Road ("Blockage" at bottom of map).
- Walk through Glowworm Tunnel.
- Then walk northward along a creek.
- Climb up plateau. (Blue lines are possible ways up the plateau.)
- Spend rest of the time explore the plateau.
- Return via Glow Worm Coach Track ("Pagoda Track" in OpenStreetMap)


4-wheel-drive car is required to reach the starting point of the walk.

Distance - less than 10 km
Time - 8 hours

Track condition:
- Initial part is on-track to Glowworm Tunnel.
- Afterwards it is off-track exploration and scrambles on pagoda-like rock formations.
- Not suitable if you are afraid of height and exposure.

Intention is to explore the plateau north of Glowworm Tunnel.
Hence route on the plateau is a guide only.
We may or may not follow it.
By 3:30pm, we should start heading back to the car.


Gear to bring

Torch for the Glowworm Tunnel
Gloves
Protective clothing


Planned meeting time & place

Place: Wentworthville Railway Commuter carpark
           (The Kingsway carpark, 24 The Kingsway, Wentworthville, NSW 2145)
Time: 6:00 am

Driver: Wally


Planned GPS trace file

- Route to Tunnel: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PrpgMlrq-k70UQa7OCTu7dsWlVwADq5g/view?usp=sharing
- Route on Plateau: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ero0aKo5hN5NDHwx-jq8GRZCMk575a0a/view?usp=sharing


Weather

If there is some rain, Paul will not go.  The rest may decided to proceed without Paul.

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