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Ascent to Bulls Head-Somewhere on the hilltop on 1987-04-12

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Sunday, April 12, 1987
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Bulls Head - Somewhere on the hilltop
    Location:Australia-Australian Capital Territory
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

I attended the Australian National University in 1987, and was a member of a team from Bruce Hall as part of the ANU's Inward Bound event, where teams of 4 are blindfolded and dropped off in an unknown location, with maps given to us and a destination. We had to figure out our location, then just hike a long way to the end, which was Bulls Head.

It's been many years, but I recall we were dropped off south of the city (Canberra). This was easy to determine because we could see the faint glow of city lights in the night sky to the north. We walked north, then got on a road, and then found a stream crossing and a sign, which allowed us to place our position exactly. We were on Tidbinbilla Road.

We walked northwesterly, through the Tidbinbilla Preserve, then up to the ridge of the Tidbinbilla Mountains and down the other side to the Cotter River. Then we found a dirt road that led uphill to our destination, Bulls Head, or somewhere near it (the sat images show a cleared area below the summit spur road with a picnic icon, that's probably where we finished). I was thrashed. We'd covered about 20 miles in about 15 hours of hiking. Nevertheless, it was an exhilarating experience. My teammates were Amos, Clay and Andrew "Robbo".
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:20 mi / 32.2 km
Descent Statistics



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