|24 November 2009
|Mt Mavis and Mt Herlt
|Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000
This walk was organised and led (well, everyone took a turn at making the going) by me as an irregular CBC Tuesday walk:
Tuesday 24 November 2009 - Mt Mavis and Mt Herlt - L/R,ptX. Yet another scheduling to try to complete this grand walk. From the Nursery Swamp car park, follow the NS track then taped footpad to Rendezvous Creek. Then 600m up to Mt Mavis (SH1711). Fabulous views and granite; a little scrambling. Then SE down along the ridge and up to Mt Herlt, above the 1600m contour. North down to Rendezvous and so home. Around 18km and 1100m total climb. Physically demanding walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to leader. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Limit of 8. Leader: John Evans – firstname.lastname@example.org, (h) 6288 7235. Transport: ~$12. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au.
Wonderful to be picked up and driven, along with two more picked up at Lanyon.
Plan A will be a long day, I estimate up to 11 hours. The route card is:
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The actual was this:
Some interesting stuff here. 0.8km/hr (just down off) the ridge between Mt Mavis and Mt Herlt. Leg 4, when done on 28 Jun 06, took 1hr 30mins. Today, the same took 2hrs 5mins - a measure of the regrowth regrowth.
Away on an overcast day, a couple of days of lower temperature respite in the 30+degC Canberra late Spring. Not raining, but we knew we'd get wet from the bush ladened with the previous day's rain. And wet we got - soaked to the skin - which made it most uncomfortable to stop in the breeze for more than 5mins for morning tea going up to Mt Mavis. A clearing in the regrowth for lunch coming down the Mavis spine provided the opportunity to strip off sodden shirts and put on dry tops for a while.
True to form I lost the footpad from the Nursery Swamp Walking Track over the saddle and down to Rendezvous Creek twice before Mike took the lead and got us there. This leg a bit quicker than estimated with such a strong party.
Thoroughly wet by now, so no stopping. On up to Mt Mavis with just a 5min shiver for morning tea. This leg 2 about the same as on 28 Jun 06. From memory, the regrowth is a lot more dense and higher. At last up onto the Mavis ridge, with immediate views through the scrub across to the Namadgi spur with the bare bulb at the end.
Once again the granite forced us downhill to the left, but we eventually got out to the Rendezvous Creek flats. This leg a lot slower than previous - see comment above.
Missed the end of the old vehicle track, paralleling Rendezvous Creek higher above it. Eventually dropped down to pick up the track and wandered in to the fireplace. 10mins for arvo tea.
Started for home at 5.30pm. I lost the footpad, so Mike took us home.
An epic trip - wet scrub, granite, pick-up-sticks and regrowth. Never again ... until next time.
Thanks very much for your company and making the going when I was weary - Ian S, Ken W and Mike B.
Distance: 18.8km Climb: 1200m. Time: 7.20am - 6.50pm (11hrs 30mins), with 45mins of breaks.
KMZ file for Google Earth/Maps: Mt Mavis and Mt Herlt