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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Woolshed Hill 3rd July 011

Uncle Roddus Tramping diary: Tramp No.107
Woolshed Hill 3rd July 2011

This little trip I did with The CTC was a revisit to Tramp No.6 Which I did about 10 years ago.

A very frosty start promised a clear day for this trip lead by Bernhard and with the forecast clear, was very well attended by 18 keen trampers eager to get a taste of the recent snow that had finally fallen earlier in the week. The trip looked like it wasn't to get off to a good start when one of the party informed the leader that he had left his boots in his car back in the city. Fortunately, before Bernhard had to make any hard decisions, his boots magically appeared in the hands of another party member who had seen that he had left them behind and diligently brought them along. It then became known that he had also not brought a head torch. Again, fortunately,  our well prepared leader had a spare.(Could be a possible for Loo Loo of the year, Carl).
We headed off along the grassy area to the lodge, before the climb up the well used track through Beech forest, heading for Woolshed Hill. The ascent was fairly quick and in about an hour or so we cleared the bush line and started encountering the snow and the great views we have come to expect from tramping in this area. The trip along the tops was fairly easy going with the snow still soft and not too deep, and the crampons we all diligently brought never threatened to leave our packs. Lunch was had between points 1420 and 1445,  in very pleasant sunshine on the Andrews side of the ridge, to shelter from the cool breeze. Discussions were had as to how far along the tops we would travel in relation to how much daylight we had left and in due course the choice was made to head down the scree run just north of Point 1445, before the bushbash back down to the Hawdon River bed. The bushbash was a relatively easy one and we ended up following Trap Lines through the thicker stuff near the bottom. Much relief was expressed as we reached the cars before darkness descended. About 12KM walked with about 800M height gain in a fairly leisurely 7 hours.
A great shot of the Waimack river.

A little but of snow.

looking towards Pt 1445

Some signs of winter

The Hawdon valley

Mt Binser, The target of several other trips.

The Andrews River

Another shot of the Waimack and the Cass river valley to the left.

milling around on Pt 1445

Time to descend

The Bushbash

A nice spot for afternoon tea

looking up the Hawdon valley

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