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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.

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Mt Boboyan

Summit: Mt Boboyan

Date Completed: 22 September 2013

Mode: Walk

Accompanied by: HW

Difficulty: 1/5

Notes: I haven’t spent alot of time on the southern end of Namadgi NP (behind Tharwa) other than fishing on the Gudgenby River with Dad and one ill fated attempt at the Fitz’s course whilst training for ‘around the bay’ back in 2011, so it was time to take the BSP out that way to see what it had to offer,

HW and I rose early on Sunday, gave Chamonix a cuddle and hit the road for about 1h30m past Tharwa and along Boboyan Rd (dirt). We arrived at the Yerrabi Track/Boboyan Trig trail head blessed with blue skies and minimal wind.

It was an easy climb up along some great single track and amongst some pretty dense mountain gum forest.

It wasn’t long before we reached the summit and were greeted by fantastic 360 degree views and completely still weather. We tucked into our drinks and snacks, took some creative photo’s at the trig site and relaxed for a while to take it all in.

The vibe was great at the summit of Mt Boboyan so i seized the opportunity to bend my knee and putta-putta ring on it, telling Hayley she is the most important thing in the world to me and asking for her hand in marriage. She was so excited – and agreed to my proposal – and we spent a while longer at the summit soaking up the special moment together.

It’s something i’ve wanted to do for a while now, we’ve talked about it alot. It feels great to be engaged and entering a very special and exciting time together.

As they say: ‘no day but today!’

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