Wednesday 28 August: Snowshoe from Guthega to The Paralyser. Leader: Mike B.
Similar to 9 Aug 18.
Distance: 10.4km | Climb: 440m | Time: 9.05am – 2.10pm (5hrs 5mins), including 45 mins of breaks | Grading: M/M; M(10)
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A 6.30am meet and I whisked my passengers via Cooma, Berridale and Jindabyne to Guthega. Roads all clear and a very nice day – mainly blue sky. The day car park was only around half full.
Shoes on and we began at the Illawaong Walk.
Down over Blue Cow Creek.
Then the initial steep climb up the spur towards SMA0318.
Huge views to the west and the east, with Mt Twynam identifiable.
The long haul continued, even after SMA0318 came into view.
So did the impressive views.
At last we reached the trig.
The lovely vistas to the south and SW continued.
Once again, the map-marked The Paralyser eluded us as we began to turn away from it and begin the descent to Spencers Creek.
Beautiful Snow Gums as we descended towards lunch, the snow firmer than last year.
We stopped for lunch at 12noon. Although the wind had come up and it was cold at the exposed location, the view could not be missed.
We broke out of the tree line and descended closer towards Spencers Creek than the last trip.
Walking beside Spencers Creek was the highlight of the day. It was absolutely stunning!
We came to the confluence of Spencers Creek and the Snowy River, barely recognisable with the chilly water flowing under the snow.
We then handrailed the Snowy River for a while.
At last we were back at the outskirts of Guthega, not much parking here today.
True to the forecast, the clouds started to roll in, with Consett Stephen Pass covered.
Yet another great snowshoe trip, thanks Mike for organising it and for your company Margaret.
3 walkers – Mike B (leader), Margaret P, me.