28 June 2011 Brumbys Flats and Mt Gingera from Corin Dam

Map: Corin Dam 1:25000

Getting There

This walk was organised and led by Max S as an ad-hoc FBI Tuesday walk:

Tuesday 28 June - Mt Gingera from Corin Dam - H. Folks, Not very imaginative but a good walk for a short day mostly on track with an opportunity to see the extent of snow from Gingera. The weather looks kind through to next Tuesday but there is a good chance of snow on the ground. Usual route up from Corin Dam – about 18 km and 900m – Hard. Possible modest off track side trips depending on conditions. Meet at Kambah shops 7.00 am. An indication of interest with mobile no appreciated. Usual condition for FBI walk – 4 required to be sanctioned. Cheers Max.

3 of us met (the last starter deciding to join in at 4.30am) and were whisked by Max over road ice and around roos to Corin Dam.


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A lousy day on an overdone route by a small group of elite walkers - not J. All we saw was white snow, green vegetation, blue blue skies and absolutely huge views. A cracker of a day, chosen on purpose for the expected results.

We ran into the first snow on the climb up to Stockyard Spur. The 2.2km in 58mins. (I'm interested in times, as this is the proposed 24-hr walk route). Heavier snow cover on the Stockyard Spur track made going a bit slower. Nice that it is over-used at the moment - boot prints from a couple parties last Saturday made the going a mite easier. 4.5km in 1hr 26mins, including a 15min morning tea at the lookout with views to Mt Ginini. A further 1.2km in 15mins along a snowy Mt Franklin Rd, not bothering to go in to Pryors Hut, to just over the drainage line to its S.

Here Max turned us SW and exercised our lungs and legs again as we climbed the 200m up through increasing snow drifts to SH1847 at the N end of the Gingera ridge. Huge views from the pant point at the top back over Little Ginini, Mt Ginini and up the Brindabella Range, on up to Tidbinbilla Mountain and the Tidbinbilla Range, and down over Snowy Flats.

We next turned a little to the S and sidled down to Brumbys Flats. Slow going, with full snow cover, calf-deep and oft found hip-deep holes. 1km in 32mins to reach the grand old Snow Gums at the S end of the Flats. I wish I'd seen this area prior to the fires!

600m and a 50m climb in 32mins, again through slow snow, saw us up to the ridge and along to the Mt Gingera tors. A stop for views and for one of the party to hunt for the "iron spike driven into cleft of rock" (Mouat's Mt Gingera border corner marker).

On to the guyed pole for lunch. Max, the ever servant leader, provided freshly made tea. The bonsaied Snow Gum on the E of the area and the iced pool on the W were in fine form. Astounding views all round. Jagungal and ranges S looking fabulous.

We left at 12.55pm and wandered home, 10km in 2hrs 30mins. Kaz, fit as a fiddle, ran us down from the marker cairns to Corin Dam, 2.2km in 35mins.

Thanks Max, a cracker of a day, with conditions not often repeated. Nice to have Kaz back in the team - the 3 mouseketeers.

Distance: 20.3km Climb: 1100m. Time: 7.45am - 3.30pm (7hrs 45mins), with 50mins of breaks.
Grading: L/M; H(13)

KMZ file for Google Earth/Maps: Brumbys Flats and Mt Gingera

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