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Spring and Summer rain has pushed Namadgi regrowth into overdrive. Up to Gudgenby saddle was devoid of any sign of a pad - 3.5 hours from YHat car park to the saddle . From there it was a mix of leaking goonsacks - wine soaked undies- hot and cold running Spiders- deep grass and shitty hip deep wombat holes to escape downstream to Maurice Luton FT ( the last 50 metres is visible) and eventually Lutons Crutching shed - not the trip we intended but other half had problems with a shonky knee. Still a good day. 14.3 km 538 up 389 down and some wine left in the faulty goonbag. By all means go up the tougher peaks in Namadgi but be prepared to do some hard work.
 

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Spring and Summer rain has pushed Namadgi regrowth into overdrive. Up to Gudgenby saddle was devoid of any sign of a pad - 3.5 hours from YHat car park to the saddle . From there it was a mix of leaking goonsacks - wine soaked undies- hot and cold running Spiders- deep grass and shitty hip deep wombat holes to escape downstream to Maurice Luton FT ( the last 50 metres is visible) and eventually Lutons Crutching shed - not the trip we intended but other half had problems with a shonky knee. Still a good day. 14.3 km 538 up 389 down and some wine left in the faulty goonbag. By all means go up the tougher peaks in Namadgi but be prepared to do some hard work.
So if you went up 538 and down 389 metres, then you’re still 152 above the car with wine to spare?
 

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Ah, camp, then do the remaining metres
I was wanting to do a 5 am start from Lutons to Sentry box and back but leaving my other half ( with sore knee joint ) at the shed until i returned was a bit selfish as that probably would have been about midday and its still 9 km back to the car.
 

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Lutons.
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Aaaaaahhhh. Serenity. Miss it
Its gorgeous up there. Not a soul around. Quite a lot of the lower parts of the valley was unburnt. The first section returning on Old Boboyan Rd had plenty of Black Sallees untouched.
 

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Was in CBR briefly just now. Managed a drive up to Blue Range Hut. Too brief. My first substantial sojourn in to Gudgenby NR as it was was Boboyan , Kelly, Namadgi, Gudgenby saddle and return. You could drive up to the junction of the road to YH car park and Sam's Creek fire trail in olden times.
 

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Since this is a chatter thread... the olden times reflected in John's map. Bottom right is where you could park, in the early 80s, give or take a klick. We parked down there on the walk that I mentioned just before. Is your bridge pic, the one in top left? before the Sam's Creek saddle?

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Time flies. I recall the bridge, perhaps in 1980. Or 81. Camped about half way up Sam's Creek, in the hanging shelf valley below Kelly. Now I know the whole area is glaciated. Scabby, Kelly, Namadgi, Rotten Swamp etc etc etc. Very spec part of Australia.

p.s Sam's Creek Trail, from the Boboyan valley all the way up to Kelly saddle, was a fire trail and Nature Reserve access track for rangers and the like. Was actually fully formed with wheel tracks when I first walked it. :D
 
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My last trip that way, about 6 years ago I think. Sams disappeared a long way before the time before that, we didn't get much further than this, and turned back, went up Sentry instead.

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Nice job. Good bikes. Beautiful image looking north-west there, with the swamp in the middle ground. Found cooked yabbies in the fens one trip. After the '83 fires. The water in the shallow bogs boiled, as the fire razed the area. FYI. :)


Some olden images I found. Circa 1980. With pre Photoshop narrative and VSG crayons. :D VSG is the subject in each. :D

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images developed, printed by VSG. 1980. Taken with an Olympus OM-1
 

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I am looking at going off to scout out Mt. Murray in the Alpine N.P. . I will drive up the Buckland Valley road to Beveridge's station, park there , hike in, carry water in and camp on the summit area for one night . I seem to recall a forum user did a BC XC ski trip out there a few years ago.
It seems to have some BC skiing potential.
 

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This year marks my 40th anniversary of first climbing Mt Donna Buang. makes me seem older than I feel, but glad I'm still doing it.

Interestingly a spot I regularly stop at for a breather still has the same fallen tree slowly rotting away. Originally one needed to scramble over it, now it's just a moss covered carbon sink beside the track.

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I have one of these https://oceansignal.com/products/plb1/ which @Untele-whippet kindly passed on a couple of years back. Battery expires in March.

Any reason I should buy something new rather than getting the battery replaced? I don’t have anyone checking up on me when I’m away (or at home for that matter), so probably don’t need a comms device. Just something that screams help if I need it.
 

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I have one of these https://oceansignal.com/products/plb1/ which @Untele-whippet kindly passed on a couple of years back. Battery expires in March.

Any reason I should buy something new rather than getting the battery replaced? I don’t have anyone checking up on me when I’m away (or at home for that matter), so probably don’t need a comms device. Just something that screams help if I need it.

If you’re happy not having the msg capability of other devices, I would certainly replace the battery as that unit’s size and weight is excellent. I have the same unit and intend to replace the battery when it expires
 

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I’m going for an overnight Guthega loop this weekend. Guthega - Twynam - Tate - Guthega. Where are the best places to get water? I know Twynam and Pound Creeks but I haven’t walked between Twynam and Tate before. Also nice camping area about halfway?
 

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I’m going for an overnight Guthega loop this weekend. Guthega - Twynam - Tate - Guthega. Where are the best places to get water? I know Twynam and Pound Creeks but I haven’t walked between Twynam and Tate before. Also nice camping area about halfway?
I like the area just under Twynam, there is an awesome site just at the end of the bowl, where the creek exits. Not halfway though!
 
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