Ascent of Peak 1213 on 2015-09-29
|Others in Party:||Wollangarra Stage 2 Expedition|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 29, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||3980 ft / 1213 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMy climb of Long Hill was not part of a peak-bagging expedition, but rather a track maintenance excursion with the Wollangarra Outdoor Education Center. The plan was to spend three nights out on the McMillans Walking Track between Mount Tamboritha and the Crinoline, using tools to repair the track and clear vegetation.
The beginning of our adventure began with the drive from Wollangarra towards Tamboritha Saddle. It's an increasingly spectacular drive, with views opening up over the Sentinels and up towards the impressive tiered peak of the Crinoline. At Tamboritha Saddle, we had to disembark the 4WDs and walk sans-packs along the road to the start of the walking track, where we re-met the 4WDs. We passed just north of the summit of Mount Tamboritha. Once we had put our packs back on, it was getting dark, and there was a steep and rather treacherous ridge separating us from our campsite at the rock shelter. The way was very steep and quite overgrown, and soon we were making our way in complete darkness. I had forgotten my head torch so I making my way clumsily with a regular torch in hand. At the highest point of the ridge, we had to traverse several rocky outcrops, which were nerve-wracking to travel over. At last we reached the rock shelter, an overhang of rock with just enough room for sleeping bags and no tents. Less than two meters away was an almost sheer cliff.
The next day we went on a routine expedition along the ridge-line in a westerly direction, hacking, chopping and sweeping as we went. We added markers and cairns for fellow bushwalkers as well. By the afternoon we had reached only about halfway to Long Hill in this slow fashion, but there were still rewarding views to be had over the surrounding mountains, including the still-snowy Mount Reynard and the distant peaks of Mount Clear, the King Billies, Mount Magdala and Mount Howitt. After the day was done we returned to the rock shelter.
The third day saw us travel much further along the track, and approach much closer to the bulk of Long Hill. This time we reached numerous rocky and tree-less areas which gave us the best views yet. I had my hopes on summiting Long Hill, but the day was already drawing to a close as we approached it. The last section of track to it's summit required the most work, and so we were stuck just a few minutes walk from the top. With just a hundred meters to go, I dashed up to the top just as we were due to turn around. There were no views but it was reward enough. On returning to our rock shelter for a third night, we were first surrounded by clouds, and then night set in as it had on the first day. I ended up spending over an hour walking in the dark, relying on my dying torch and the head-torches of the people ahead of me. It was an unpleasant experience.
On our last day of hiking, we left the rock shelter for the final time and returned to the 4WDs. We once again had to walk all the way to Tamboritha Saddle, but at least this time we arrived on time. We rewarded ourselves with a swim in the river at Breakfast Creek.
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| Grade/Class:||YDS Class 1|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Long Hill Track Work Expedition|
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