Summit: Camels Hump (Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve)
Date Completed: 20 October 2013
Accompanied by: HW, RW, HR & CM
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.