Saturday 16 February: Mt Ginini, Little Ginini & Mt Gingera – L/M. From Ginini car park on Mount Franklin Road a short walk to Mt Ginini then off track to Little Ginini. Next partly off track to Pryor’s Hut for morning tea. We continue from there, partly on fire trail and partly on footpad, to Mt Gingera. After enjoying lunch with great views we will return, off track, to Pryor’s Hut and then back along the fire trail to our cars. Leader: Phillip S.
This was a re-enactment of Phillip’s first led CBC walk on 30 Apr 11.
Distance: 15.1km | Climb: 640m | Time: 9.40am – 4.25pm (6hrs 45mins), including 35 mins of breaks and lots of looking time | Grading: L/M; M(11)
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We met at Weston at 8am. It took around 1hr 30mins to drive via the Cotter, Brindabella Rd to Piccadilly Circus and south along the Mt Franklin Rd to the parking area at the locked gate below Mt Ginini.
We shook out and wandered up the old ski run, onto the road to the top and up to the Air Navigation Facility. A few changes since I was last here – a big, low concrete construction inside the security fence which, I believe, is built on top of the Mt Ginini high point. A time to take in the lovely views.
Then off down the old ski run/top of Harrys Spur footpad to the west of south. I was on the lookout for some old friends and soon came across Harry Mouat’s ACT/NSW border corner lockspits U56 and V56.
Phillip turned us south into the bush where the Harrys Spur pad turns to the west. Immediately we were at the old brumby running yard.
The bush soon cleared and we enjoyed the beginning of a lovely slope down to Stockyard Gap. Another old friend was visited.
We pulled up in the shade for morning tea whilst views were still to be had.
Perfect walking on a perfect day with perfect company ensued, along with views to our next objectives.
The Snowgums closed in a little as we descended the spur.
Wild flowers in abundance.
More friends revisited as we descended to Stockyard Gap
Just south of Stockyard Gap the party split, with some going direct to Pryors Hut via the Mt Franklin Rd and the rest puffing up over Little Ginini Mountain. A pleasant little top, actually the 9th highest named hill in the ACT.
Border marker M57 nearby, but you’ve probably seen enough of those!
But I had to visit just one more, P57 downpipe and cairn, only around 400m up from Pryors Hut.
We regrouped at the hut and had a quick lunch, as our companions had been waiting there some time. A little discussion on Pryors Hut and the nearby Scotts Pines – the hut was built in 1952, by Lindsay Pryor and party, as a shelter for those working in the Alpine Botanical Gardens, an annex to the National Botanical Gardens (nearby); the pines planted in the 1950s by members of the Snowy Mountains Authority Landscape Section (they are not one of the ACT arboreta). Follow the links above for more information.
A walk along the Mt Franklin Rd for a while, passing a newly installed sign with very informative information.
Snowy Flats Creek was running crystal clear, although less volume than usual. We turned up the Gingera footpad, walking through lovely flowers.
Excellent views from the pad just below Gingera.
We first visited the Gingera guyed pole. The nearby little windswept Snowgum is tenaciously hanging on and, in fact, beating the harsh conditions and growing.
After soaking in the view, we moved around 100m to the NW to the actual Mt Gingera high point.
Our next leg took us NW along the Mt Gingera ridge. A landscape attesting to the prevailing westerly winds.
A visit by me to border marker T57, then over the northern nose of the ridge and down towards Pryors Hut.
A break at Pryors Hut to keep up our hydration, then the 4 crowlometer (4.9km on the road) walk back to the cars.
A lovely walk full of good memories and good friends. Thanks Phillip and all.
9 walkers – Alison, Janice H, Stephen and Lisa M, Quentin M, Lauren O, Phillip S (leader), me.