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Mt Painter

Summit: Mt Painter

Date Completed: 8 September 2013

Mode: Run

Accompanied by: Solo

Difficulty: 1/5

Notes: It was time to do the first of what will hopefully be many, many hundreds of Mt Painter summits in my lifetime.

Mt Painter is a stones throw from my new home and it offers some great trail running options up to the summit. Awesome views to the Tidbinbilla and Brindabella Ranges to the south-west and the sun rising up over Black Mountain to the north-east.

I ran from my doorstep, along the Bindubi Street cycle path, under Bindubi and along the Cook fire trail before jumping on the summit trail. I stopped at the top to enjoy the views and catch my breath before going off trail to find the simplest line back to Bindubi Street. Once i was back on the Aranda side I cruised through the Aranda bushland for a while, very excited about all the trail running to be done in this area.

A really interesting thing to note about Mt Painter is that the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) runs along the base of the mountain. The BNT is a walking / pack horse trail which runs 5,330km from Cooktown, QLD to Healesville, VIC along the Great Dividing Range. It is so inspiring to me that this trail quite literally runs past my doorstep. I’ve always envied people who live near the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the US but I live on the BNT, Australias own AT.

This is what the Backyard Project is all about!

I’ve also had alot of interest from friends who want to get involved in the BSP. One mate in particular emailed saying he would like to come along and explore the Brindies. This made me really happy and inspired and i hope to get more people involved whenever i can.


I was running, give me a break!

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Mt Franklin

Summit: Mt Franklin

Date Completed: 1 September 2013

Mode: Walk

Accompanied by: Solo

Difficulty: 1/5

Notes: Rose early on Sunday for the 1hr 20m drive up Brindabella Rd, left at Piccadilly Circus and along Mt Franklin Rd to the Mt Franklin trailhead. The weather was perfect and the light was beautiful so early in the morning.

It was an easy ramble along the path via the Mt Franklin information area and site of the Ski Chalet which was unfortunately destroyed in the 2003 fires. The view near the summit was fantastic, particularly looking south-west towards Mt Ginini, Mt Gingera and some seriously snow-capped mountains in the distance. After a quick stop at the summit trig I returned to a nice spot to enjoy the silence, warm sun and outstanding view.

I recommend this ramble to anyone looking for a nice drive and a genuine Namadgi experience without any bushwhacking. The walk itself is comparable to Mt Ainslie in its difficulty.

Photography Mt Franklin trailhead South west view Site of the Mt Franklin Chalet

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