MT GINGERA – ANOTHER SUPERB WINTER’S DAY IN THE A.C.T.

 

 

 

I have already posted articles on ascending Stockyard Spur to Pryor’s Hut or Mt Gingera from Corin Dam, so won’t go into a long, detailed post today.  However, a few days ago Philip G. led a party up to the summit of Mt Gingera on an absolutely stunning winter’s day here in Canberra and I just can’t resist the opportunity to post the photos.   It was a fantastic group of people, too, mostly between 65 and 75, all very fit and experienced walkers and great company.

The early morning was cold and the electronic notice at the beginning of the Corin Dam road warned of black ice.   At the car park at the dam there was a sneaky breeze blowing from the south-east, and down the lake.  However, we were soon in the shelter of the tall and lovely forest, taking off layers as we toiled upwards, 500m height gain in under 2 km, to the cleared helicopter landing area (fire fighting)  where we regrouped.   I heard Jan say that everyone had arrived there in less than an hour.  From there, it was an easy walk through Snow Gum woodland along the undulating trail to “The Grandstand” where we paused for morning tea and the fantastic view over the Cotter Valley.

After morning tea, we continued along the trail to its intersection with the Mount Franklin Road  where we turned south along it passing Pryor’s Hut.   Just after the hut we stopped to have a look at the ACT/NSW border marker hidden in long grass right beside the track.  Shortly after this,  Philip took us off-track up the long, steep, grassy slope to the north summit of Gingera.   From there we walked south along the broad summit ridge, through open Snow Gum woodland, Snow Grass and granite outcrops to the southern summit, the highest point along the ridge, where we had lunch.  The views from here are magnificent.  After a lazy lunch in the sun we took the footpad down to the Mt Franklin Road and back to Pryor’s hut from where we connected with our outward track and our return to the cars.   A perfect day with great companions.  The walk was about 21 km with a height gain through the day of about 1200 m  .

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From Mt Taylor in the centre of Canberra, the long summit ridge of Mt Gingera, 2nd highest peak in the A.C.T, is clearly recognizable

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Regrouping and drink stop at the heli “pad”.

 

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morning tea at the Grandstand with view over the Cotter Valley

 

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The southern (true) summit of Mt Gingera, with the long summit ridge stretching northwards to the right.

 

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The north summit

 

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Ascending the steep ridge to the north summit

 

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At the north summit

 

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Admiring the view from the north summit

 

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Heading south along the summit ridge

 

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Another view of the delightful walk along the summit ridge

 

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View from summit ridge to south west with Jagungal Mountain and Main Range on skyline and Tantangara Dam hiding in the grasslands

 

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On the western edge of the ridge

 

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Looking across to Mt Bimberi , highest peak in the A.C.T, straddled by the ACT/NSW border

 

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Western edge view point

 

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Snow Gum and granite, summit ridge

 

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A view to the east, over the Cotter Valley

 

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Granite and snow gums

 

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Lunch at the summit

 

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At the summit

 

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From lunch spot, over the Cotter Valley

 

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From lunch spot on summit, with Jagungal Mtn and Main Range on skyline

 

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A glorious, golden afternoon.  Starting down the footpad from the summit to the road

 

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continuing down the footpad.

 

 

 

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