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Question Biggest hill in Blue Mountains?

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Bloke, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. Bloke

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    Cant wait
     
  2. Untele-whippet

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    We did Mt Paralyser, enroute from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves via Thurat Tops when still at school.
    935 M vertical in a morning was a slog with an overnight pack (winter made it more bearable, as did the legs of youth)
    It's a great area.
     
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    So, after the sting of failure last year i went back for a solo attempt this weekend. I figured while the masses were following red arrows around Katoomba for the UTA race I would have a little adventure of my own :D

    This time was a great success im very happy and relieved to say. A really amazing and tough challenge. Might try and post some pics later - was a great day for it
     
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    Mate. Well ****ing done. It's a long, long way by one's self. As good a weather for it as one might get, too.
    I'd be interested in your breakdown and splits.
    Rest up, you've earned it.
     
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    Some piccys

    Kanangra ck
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    Nooroo Buttress snaking up to Mt Guouogang. A beast of a climb
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    Whalania ck between paralyser and guouogang. Surprise waterfall
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    Pano from lookout on nooroo buttress
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    Looking into Davies canyon (anyone here done this canyon before?)
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    Finally back at the coxs
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    Sunrise on narrowneck after sleeping in the back of the car
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    Cheers mate

    Splits were

    Coxs: 4:04
    Cloudmaker: 7:16
    Kanangra ck: 9:01
    Paralyser: 10:35
    Whalania ck: 12:15
    Guouogang: 14:54
    Coxs: 17:17
    Car: 23:20


    Edit: forgot to say, cold beer never tasted so good!
     
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    Davies a nice roped bushwalk. Not a canyon worth repeating IMO.
     
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    :thumbs::thumbs: amazing work Bloke.
     
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    Scorching times! We are talking about 3 peaks from Glenraphel dr right? Well done indeed!
     
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    What time did you start?
     
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    Hopefully from Katoomba train station, otherwise he needs to do it again :).
     
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    24hr from the clock across katoomba st is the convention i believe ;)
     
  13. Bloke

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    I thought about it but came up with: fark that s@#t! Started and finished at top of glenraphael drive. Those splits are hours:minutes but I started at 11:40pm
     
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    Cheers! Did it in my tiny running shorts and state of the art trail running bag with in-built nipples and everything :D
    Turns out you cant run much of it anyway eh. so i just tried to keep going at a steady pace, minimal stops
     
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    There's a range, Glenraphael is perfectly acceptable.
    A true '3 Peaks' is to do it within 48 hrs, so I think he's sorted....
     
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    Back in the day.
    Tom's Eats - Tom's Eats.
    The perfect start and finish!
    (Kidding ;))
     
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    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep but we were Aroney's folk...;)
     
  18. Bloke

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    You've lost me...
     
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    Tom's Eats was THE bush walkers takeaway / eatery in Katoomba in the mid 80's --- before Katoomba St became cafe central.
     
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    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Tom's Eats was at the bottom of the hill and Aroney's was a trad milk bar /diner also popular with walkers at the top of the hill. An Aroney's mixed grill was a great way to finish off a big walk. The last Aroney's owners are still Katoomba locals and are well known for catering services.
     
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    And their (Aroneys) hot chocolate was the best - with heaps of cream.
     
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    Tom's eats had great burgers and pizzas and as a bonus was a 2 minute walk from work / apartment.
    Win / win.
     
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    And as an aside ----- isn't Katoomba St the biggest hill in the Blue Mountains?'
     
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    There was nothing like a Super Mog Shake.
     
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    Could have done with many of those delights on Saturday night!
     
  26. Bloke

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    Here's a novel gps trace if anyone is interested. Courtesy of my lovely Suunto watch, purchased from @CarveMan.

    (First time embedding a vid so here goes ...)

     
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    I have a vague memory of starting my first 3 peaks trip from Papadinos, buying a 6 pack, grabbing a shopping trolley and riding it down Neale st, stashing the beer at the Glenraphel intersection, doing the trip in 47 hours plus a few minutes with a kip at the Cox's river and a nasty open bivouac infested with bullants on Bullogowar in the rain.
    When we staggered back to the 6 pack the alcohol was the final nail in the coffin and we chucked in the idea of the Clock over Katoomba st finish..... and besides, we figured the use of the shopping trolley had probably negated the trip.

    It's been Glenraphel drive ever since for me.

    Can't say I feel the need to go again, though Bloke has inspired me somewhat.
     
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    Ice coffees likewise And you got a refill...!
     
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    This is a great story - rainy bivy on Bullogowar sounds pretty epic. I think you get bonus points for the shopping trolley antics for sure.

    How many three peaks journeys have you made? I was thinking once was definitely enough...
     
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    Now, come on Bloke, you are the star of this thread!

    Only done it properly twice, and my efforts pale next to yours: 47ish hrs and 41ish hours.
    Both times had:
    - Crappy weather with mist/cloud up high and showers
    - Crappy bivouacs
    - My good mate Andy
    - "Geographical confusion" around Marooba Karoo and the Razorback due partly to cloud and partly to stupidity
    - Chafe

    I pretty much swore off it but now you have gone and inspired me!!!!

    edit: Nah, maybe not - check out the feet afterwards:
    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm not interested in doing this.
    So much pain.....
    Nice Kankles Pat.
     
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    Calling all Fergies!
    Ouch!
     
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    @Bloke
    What was your fluid and food strategy mate? Did you have preset nav points so you could concentrate on movin?
    Bloody awesome effort by the way !
     
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    Sounds and looks gruesome! Another good point in favour of the light and fast movement me thinks.

    Also I am not hardy. If rain is on the cards then im staying in bed. Flexibility to wait for good weather seems very important. I had originally planned to go this coming weekend under the full moon but with the weather thrown up last weekend i decided to bring it forward. No moon sucked but clear calm weather was fantastic.
     
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    Fluids were easy, i just topped up each time i crossed a river (coxs, kanagra, whalania, coxs). I had 2.5 L capacity but generally topped up less than that (mild weather)

    Food consisted of:
    4 chicken av mayo rocket rolls (one at each summit as a reward, inc mt yellow dog)
    2 cheese bacon rolls
    4 twiggy sticks
    14 energy gels
    Snakes and gummi bears
    Salty cashews
    Chic chip cookies
    Electrolyte powder
    Ibuprofen and panadol
    No doz
     
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    The nav was easy as ive grown pretty familiar with the area (as this thread attests!). I carried a laminated 2 sided A4 map covering the 3 peaks loop which saved changing maps turning page etc. That worked really well so i was lucky not to waste any time at all getting off course.

    As back up I had the iphone App PDF Maps on my phone with Jenolan and Kanangra maps loaded. That app is so cool and the nsw topos are available for in app purchasing for only $1.5
     
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    Yes, on the second trip I THOUGHT I was all set up to do a light and fast trip but....

    ...it rained all the way up the hill and I'm a bull-headed idiot who "likes to get amongst it" (as DJM knows) so we pressed on and got shralped by the conditions.
     
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    Thanks for the info @Bloke. Fast and light would be my pick to but I'm slow and heavy at the moment. Requires a little training.

    @Spiersy is a demon for choosing difficulty in marginal conditions over any form of comfort. I've been on board when he tacks into a storm...in the dark....just to feel a little adventure. I guess we can all ask a little more of ourselves on occasion.
     
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    Sounds it!

    Other gear i carried:
    Gore tex (didnt use)
    Merino Thermal top (used on first night)
    Thermal pants
    Buff
    Gloves
    Space blanket
    Matches
    Mini first aid kit
    PLB
     
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    this is my favourite elevation profile to date. Still very stoked!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Three middle fingers.
    Which means it gets a three finger rating from me. :) I loved the little vid too. I like simple watches but that thing impressed me.
     
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    It's a solid walk when you see it like that.
     
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    I found this magnificent panorama of the Three Peaks from Splendour Rock by David Noble which really shows the epicness of Bloke's and every Three Peaks candidate's effort.

    I was reminded of this thread yesterday while descending from Mt Solitary down to the Kedumba River and up the other side of the valley to Kedumba Pass. The Kedumba river is at about 150m, and the top of Kedumba Hill is 800m, so there's 650m there.

    Our GPS log claimed a 1000m day from Chinaman's gully, and it was a bit of a wake-up call how little walking/touring I've been doing with an overnight pack, the legs were weak and spindly having been used mostly for fast light day tours recently. Speaking of fast light day tours, the Mt Solitary circuit is overrun with trail runners these days, saw more nipple vest packs than normal ones!
     
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    Awesome pic. Splendour rock is a very special place indeed

    Interesting observations on solitary, never see too many folks there but interesting to hear the teets pack brigade are out in force (guilty as charged). What were you up to out that way?

    And yeah the climb up from kedumba river to the 'south col' is a beauty - great spot to rack up VMs
     
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    I'm getting shin splints just thinking about you guys. :thumbs:
    How many litres are you going through for a solitary loop at pace? I'd like to transition from pack to teet crusher but concerned about my high liquid intake.
     
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    Usual teet bag 2.5 L (1.5 pack bladder 2x0.5 teets) but i reckon you could swap out the 1.5l for a 3l (i tried this with mine and it fits - just)
     
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    I feel the need to dig this thread up again for southern Blueys "mountaineering" stoke.

    Got out to the Wild Dogs this weekend. Started from the Dunphy campground, Medlow Gap firetrail, down to Mobbs Swamp, up to Warrigal Gap, across the tops to Splendour Rock, back to Mobbs, down Blackhorse Ridge, up Carlons Creek. Barely saw a drop of water the whole trip, incredibly dry and dusty even with a sprinkle of overnight rain Saturday. My strong mate carried in 8 liters, I had 4, we used all of it, thirsty work for midwinter.

    I think @Majikthise mentioned Blackhorse on the very first post, not a really long climb but proper steep, I pulled out the inclinometer and the slope to the climber's right of the ridge is between 60 and 70 degrees. Hot damn. Breakfast Creek is kind of an anticlimactic name for a pretty impressive gorge that makes eg Glenbrook Creek look rather small.

    Oblig Splendour Rock shot



    Two years on and nothing has changed haha.
     
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    Great work.
    Such good country.
     
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    FWIW, I think we definitively established Guogang, from the Coxes River, as the biggest hill in the Blue Mountains? Climbing from ~170m to ~1300m.
     
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    I remember Cox’s up the Paralyser and then onto Caves House was a leg burner.
    Great country!
     
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