Thursday 18 July: Have a look at the snow on Mt Gingera – L/M. Book by Wednesday 2pm. Around 20km and 1200m climb. For robust walkers. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 email@example.com . Transport: ~$10.
What a difference a week or so can make. We were up around here on the nearby Little Ginini Mountain on 6 Jul 19.
Distance: 20.4km | Climb: 1190m | Time: 7.40am – 4.40pm (9hrs), including 1hr 10mins mins of breaks | Grading: L/M-R; H(13)
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Driving into Corin Dam we spotted some snow on Stockyard Spur, so our hopes were high that our snowshoes would be useful.
The 2.3km up to the helipad on Stockyard Spur took 1hr 5mins today. A useful yardstick for my ageing body, that’s 15mins slower than my best time. Lyrebirds calling as we climbed.
We ran into a few patches of snow, which got more frequent and deeper as we continued up Stockyard Spur. Called in at the eastern lookout for views to Mt Ginini, then down to join the Mt Franklin Rd. A further 1km to Pryors Hut for, as it turned out, morning tea #1. My bad, as one of our party took a phone call just before the hut and walked past. He turned around when he realised there were not two sets of prints in the snow and we regrouped. But he deserved morning tea, so we had #2.
The day had cleared to blue sky and there was plenty of snow as we climbed the footpad to Mt Gingera. Could have popped our shoes on, as the snow was knee deep towards the top, but needed a dry seat so we waited till lunch at the guyed pole.
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This is what we’d come for and we enjoyed a magical snow shoe along the Gingera Ridge.
Pristine snow – no others had been this way before us recently, although there were several parties going to and fro to the hill during the day. A lone camper in the area at Pryors Hut.
We reached the NW end of the ridge at SH1847 and were able to leave our shoes on for the descent until the 1720m contour.
Called in for a chat with the camper at Pryors Hut, then returned down to Corin Dam, via a stop at the lookout to Mt McKeahnie to the west.
The water level was noticeably lower than 6 July.
Greg produced the ABC TV news weather photo for the following evening, a great shot of snow covered trees with Bimberi Peak at the back!
Not a bad little trip, if I do say so. Thanks Greg and John for your company.
4 walkers – Mike B, Greg B, John G, me.