Thursday 6 July 2023: SE Rim of TNR from Corin Rd * – M/R,X. Climb to the south-east rim of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve from the gentler Corin Road side. Walk the crest NE to Stantons Gap. About turn and follow the watershed to the SW, traversing the various knolls and saddles to at least SH1356. A further 500m W takes us to the top of a spur for a look-see. The spur drops 500vm towards Fishing Gap car park and may provide a route for a future trip. Return down to Corin Road. Around 8km and 500vm. Two geocaches thrown in.
From Garmin Connect (Epix Gen 2) – Distance: 8.76km | Climb: 430vm | Time: 5:00 moving + 2:20 of stops = 7:20 | Grading: M/R,X; M(10).
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Never been here before, only to the Pyramid to the NE and Billy Billy Rocks further along the rim to the SW. Was scouting a possible future trip including a descent down to the Fishing Gap car park.
We drove up Corin Rd to a verge parking spot. Actually, it was better parking on the SE side of the road.
Walking at 8.30am. Crossed the road and headed up old fire trails towards the crest.
At the top we left the fire trail and went NE down towards Stantons Gap.
It looked pretty easy going down to the Gap, so it was decided not to go all the way down and return.
Returned up to the top and headed SW. A map-marked bit of fire trail on the SIX e-topo Tidbinbilla 1:25000 map didn’t really seem to be there.
The crest took us up to a knoll …
… and down to a saddle.
Then it was up again for one of the trip’s objectives, geocache GC9ZJK9 Best View towards Tidbinbilla Peaks (Skyline).
Indeed the views were magnificent!
Marmaduke Rothschild and JohnnyBoyACT faffed around for quite some time to find the cache. It’s off location by around 10 meters. Thanks to Brigitte (StarsAlign) for the accurate spoiler pic. We agree with Martin that the terrain difficulty could be increased to 3.5.
A quick morning tea for the cachers.
We continued SW along the crest, past Knoll 2. Approaching SH1356, we encountered some lovely granite tors.
Photos don’t do them justice, they were huge.
Roger found a passage way through to the other side of the crest. Began as a standing squeeze and finished with a crawl.
Equally amazing tors at the Spot Height.
We continued W-ish, with distant views to Billy Billy Rocks.
The aim of the recce was to check out a descent from the rim down into TNR. We reached a location that provided a lousy photo but a good spot to go down on a possible future trip.
The leg back from this point to near SH1356 was a lot better than the route in!
We skirted SH1356 to the SE and started a sidle down towards the fire trails.
Around 2pm I took a tumble and ended up with my right shoulder against a tree. I didn’t realise I had so many foul words still in my memory, but they all tumbled out.
A very well equipped party. 4 mobile phones, 4 GPS receivers, at least 2 inReach SOS devices, all experienced walkers. Roger, with many, many years of bushwalking and SES experience, swung into action. With phone reception, we didn’t need to action an inReach SOS. Police contacted.
It took 1hr 20mins to descend the 600m to the fire trail. Mike ahead finding the best route, Stephen supporting me, Roger in contact with police rural patrol, me swearing. I’m glad we were able to keep moving, as it would have taken some considerable time to get help up the hill.
We gained Corin Rd and walked to my car. There were 2 police cars there. An ambulance pulled up 30 seconds later.
A dislocated shoulder, no broken arm. ED knocked me out and popped it back in and I was home by midnight. Some nerve damage and I can’t feel my fingers much at the moment, but they’ll come good. Typing this left hand.
This incident was not a further example of the recent spate of reported bush rescues around Canberra. Sure, it was a rescue resulting from an accident. But we were a very well equipped and experienced party and we knew where we were. The Canberra Bushwalking Club has rigorous training and safety and check-in procedures.
I am very grateful to my fellow walkers, police and ambulance, and Canberra Hospital ED staff. And to concerned family and friends. As Arnie said, “I’ll be back!”
Here’s where we went.
The AllTrails map is here, where you can pan and zoom.
4 walkers – Roger E, Stephen J, Mike M, me.
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