Friday-Sunday 24-26 March 2023: Mt Morgan. See trip description.
Parts of this trip were through ecologically sensitive areas and the leader requested that specific locations not be referenced.
From Garmin Connect (MAP66i) – Distance: 22.27km | Climb: 959m | Time: 3 days, including travel | Grading: S/R; M(9).
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I was last on Mt Morgan 8-9 Apr 06.
A pleasure to be driven to the trackhead. A stop for coffee and for me to buy lunch at Adaminaby. Plenty of action at the Snowy 2.0 portal at Tantangara Dam.
Our leader took the sensitiveness of the area seriously, providing a boot bath before starting. My contribution was to wear brand new boots. Walking at 11.30am in sunshine.
Mixed going, scrubby with open patches.
Around 2.15pm we reached the creek line draining the swamp above which we camped. We crossed the creek around 300m from our camp site at a point which was to provide our water.
The usual drill – set up tents (a few ants about), get water and have a cuppa.
Perhaps I may have been the envy of some. I lugged in a chair. Now our good leader had set us a challenge with pack weight. She came in at under 10kg; I had 13.7kg, including chair, heavy tent and water.
Early to bed, as fuel stove only required by our walk leader. It showered during the night. Quite mild – slept in sleeping bag liner with bag just opened out and over the top. I was pleased to be able to chat (well, message via SMS with a 10 minute turnaround) with my dear wife via the inReach functionality on my Garmin MAP66i GPSr.
Saturday dawned overcast. We headed out before 9am.
Our route took us to a saddle on the Gurrangorambla Range.
The weather did not clear, but it made the leg up towards Mt Morgan eerily lovely.
We arrived at the Morgan top at 11.50am and climbed the rock ramp.
Not much of a view.
This is what we missed seeing, from 8-9 Apr 06.
And just to show we were actually there.
A hasty lunch out of the cold wind. Back down along the same route.
Another early night, especially for me. I was tired. A few hours of music as I recharged my iPhone and GPSr. That heady combination of Christian music and good old rock ‘n’ roll. A couple of light showers.
Always the consummate leader, Linda set a start time on day 3 at 9.30am. She’d noticed that the sun (when out) didn’t reach some of our tents till just before then, so gave us time to dry off before packing. Most considerate. Half of the party returned via a different route and the other half the way we’d come in.
We did a lovely circuit, first north then west via more swamps and open areas.
A sea of flowers.
We had morning tea near here at 11.20am.
Continuing west, a creek crossing provided a water top up opportunity.
Lunch at 12.30pm, then south on the Bicentennial National Trail.
A little fire trail back to the cars.
What was the hardest thing for me? Putting on wet socks on the morning of day 3 😉
A great trip to an area I’ve not walked in for nearly 20 years. Thanks all for your company.
CBC members and guests should take every opportunity to walk with these people. Born with boots in their mouths (and some with silver spoons to purchase the ultra lightweight gear), they are a fabulous source of navigation, route finding and gear selection knowledge. I still have so much to learn and so little time!
None of course.
9 walkers – Garry B, Peter C, Linda G (leader), Stephen M, Daniel P, Jacqui R, Jeanette S, Phillip S, me.