Wednesday 14 August: South Rams Head Range Snowshoe – M/R. A circuit from Dead Horse Gap including South Rams Head and the 2040+m and 2080+m knolls to the north-east. Leader: Max S.
South Rams Head has been on my bucket list ever since seeing it on 12-13 Mar 19.
Distance: 10.3km | Climb: 650m | Time: 9.20am – 3.00pm (5hrs 40mins), including 45 mins of breaks | Grading: M/M; M(10)
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Waypoint and Track Files
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We drove via Cooma, a wee break in Berridale, through Thredbo to Dead Horse Gap. What were we greeted by but a feral horse, no doubt attracted by the road-clearing salt.
Snow shoes on (I can never work out which is right and which is left, or are they symmetrical?) and we were off.
An unrelenting climb, but easier than with no snow.
Great views back down behind us.
And captivating views beside us.
At last the climb eased.
Closer to the crest, the wind formed rime on the trees.
A short (inelegant in snowshoes) scramble to the top for cloud obliterated views to the south and west – maybe I will have to come back. The 2.5km and 360vm climb took 1hr 20mins.
After morning tea we headed NE to the 2040+m knoll. More wind and snow sculptures.
This knoll is higher and has a grander marker than the map-marked South Rams Head.
A little circuitous exit.
The 1.8km leg along the southern Rams Head Range, from the 2040+m knoll to the 2080+m knoll provided gorgeous open views.
Lunch was taken beside this tallest objective.
Another slightly difficult descent, although some made it harder than others. Spot the walker in amongst the boulders.
Here’s another view of the 2080+m knoll.
Our next leg was down and to the east, with the breeze which had picked up a bit blowing the snow.
We crossed the top of Bogong Creek (somewhere down under the snow) and hit the Dead Horse Gap Track alignment right at the old chair lift chair. Plenty of signs of others about.
Beautiful colours in the Snow Gums as we descended the spur.
We continued on down the track alignment, noticing that the western cloud was lazily rolling over the crest we had snowshoed.
Finally down to cross the bridge over Bogong Creek
A lovely view back up the creek.
Shoes off, we plodded a few hundred metres back up the road to the cars.
A fantastic day, thanks Max and all.
Google Earth snip
7 walkers – Peter A-S, Mike B, Stephen M, Margaret P, Brian S, Max S (leader), me.