Monthly Archives: October 2013

Bimberi Peak

Summit: Bimberi Peak (Bimberi Wilderness)

Date Completed: 27 October 2013

Mode: Walk

Transport: Drive from Canberra to Cooma, right on to Snowy Mountains Hwy (drive for 70km), right on to Tantangara Rd to Pockets Saddle Rd (drive for 30km). Park at the locked gate at Gurrangorambla Creek. Approximately 3hr drive. 30km dirt section is high grade which the Subaru Outback loved but i wouldn’t go out there with anything less.

Accompanied by: BH

Difficulty: 5/5 (Bimberi being the hundredth percentile walk, so far)

Notes: I had penciled the Bimberi summit in a while back to be done with a good mate from school – Brendan – who was back in the country visiting from his current home in Nevada, USA.

Brendan and I (along with others) have done alot of backpacking in the past in the Budawangs, the Overland Track in Tasmania and more recently to the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawai’i… a seriously epic 80km trek up to 4,100m on arguably the most unforgiving terrain on the planet!

Brendan is by far the toughest bloke i know, particularly when it comes to physical endurance and pushing the limits… i’m pretty sure his life motto would be ‘reach for the stars… and when you get there push on for another 20km while there’s still daylight’.

Bimberi is the highest peak in the ACT at 1.913m and we were both keen to add to our list of the highest peaks in each state after summiting Mt Ossa back in 2009.

We hit the road at 5am for the 3hr drive into Kosciuszko National Park, arriving at the Gurrangorambla Creek gate we were greeted by clear blue skies and crisp mountain air! We hit the trail, connecting with the Australian Alps Walking Track/Bicentennial National Trail up and over a few tough passes before arriving at an open valley with Oldfields Hut and great views towards Bimberi. We stopped for a while do rehydrate before pushing on towards Murrays Gap.

At the junction, we left the Bicentennial National Trail and followed the Alps track into the Bimberi Wilderness where the bush is more dense and the track, which follows the Goodradigbee River, is less defined.

At Murrays Gap we took a hard left turn and began the push to the summit, scrub bashing the whole way and guided only by rock cairns and scattered ribbon markers. We marked waypoints with the GPS to avoid any navigational disasters on our descent!

It was a perfect day at the top of Bimberi… outstanding views towards Canberra, out to Tinderry as well as the (still) snow capped mountains of the Main Range… awesome. Corin Dam was looking full of water and we could even see Black Mountain tower in the far off distance (seriously!).

We sat around for about an hour in the very rare stillness, naming all the peaks we could spot (we’re experts and there was no one up there to disagree), drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon and eating bagels and scroggin before heading back into the scrub for the tough descent.

We arrived back at the car after about 7 hours (including breaks) and home by about 7pm… a 14 hour day, all things considered… it was a huge effort but well worth it for the reward of a dead calm day at the summit of the highest peak in the ACT, catching up with an old mate.

Photography

Oldfields Hut

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Murrays Gap

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Pabst Blue Ribbon

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Summit Poser

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Mt Ossa Summit 2009

Overland Track 128

GPS Data

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Camels Hump

  Summit: Camels Hump (Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve)

Date Completed: 20 October 2013

Mode: Walk

Accompanied by: HW, RW, HR & CM

Difficulty: 3/5

Notes: After a few weeks off from the Project where i had been doing alot of trail running and generally living it up on the weekends it was time to get back on the proverbial saddle.

I am off to New Zealand in two weeks with Hayley, Ryan (Hayley’s brother), Helena (Hayley’s cousin) and Chris Martin (musical genius). We will be spending about 10 days walking the Milford and Routeburn Track’s (including downtime in Queenstown and Te Anau) in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. These walks are arguably two of the best walks in the world so we are all very excited to head over and check out the world class scenery on offer. In fact, i’ve read alot of articles by backpackers from the Northern Hemisphere who rate New Zealand as their ultimate global destination… hence why this trip is so relevant to the Backyard Project philosophy… we will be taking a short/cheap plane ride to experience a landscape which people from the USA and Europe only dream about. I’m predicting this trip will be the catalyst for an obsession with backpacking in New Zealand… Bring it on!

Anyway, it was time for our group to get some serious training in pre-New Zealand. We’d all been giving the trip a huge amount of thought and training and all that was left to do was a proper long day walk, carrying full packs and doing some serious climbing.

The five of us piled into the car early on Sunday morning and head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (generally speaking). I picked Camels Hump as our destination as it provided the right mix of distance, climbing and spectacular views which would suit the group.

We took off from Mountain Creek car park and made the long, steady climb up the firetrail for about 5km with great views down into the valley along the way. Despite the smoke haze across most of Canberra, the air was clear up at this (slightly) higher altitude.

Arriving at the ‘hump’ we moved off track to make the fun scramble towards the summit. At the top we were rewarded with some of the best views south-west that i have ever seen, particularly looking across to Johns Peak and its exposed sedimentary layers tilted up over millions of years.

The weather was ideal so we took a load off and had a nice lunch and a relax.

The downhill run back to the car was tough for all as our feet reached their limits and the effects of an early morning and warm day caught up with us. Still, everyone enjoyed the day and we were glad to test our bodies a bit before the big trip.

Photography

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GPS Data

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