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Kanangra to Katoomba, NSW Blue Mtns, Australia

Kanangra to Katoomba, NSW Blue Mtns, Australia


Postby AndrewP » Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:14 am

Date walked: 01/11/2009

Time taken: 48

Distance: 44 km

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1-3 Nov 2009, while an early-season heatwave was hitting NSW, we walked 44km in 1 and two half days in 35 degree C temperatures.
One thing about the Blue Mountains: when you are ‘up on top’, there is little water about...

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Starting at Kanangra Walls, we headed north on the true right side of the Kanangra Gorge, over Kilpatrick’s Causeway, up Mt Stormbreaker to Cloudmaker and then dropped down to Dex Creek.

Next day, we continued north over Strongleg Ridge, down 900m to the Cox’s River, and back up the other side, climbing Yellow Pup ridge and finishing at Mobb’s Swamp.

Last day we headed east to Medlow Gap and climbed again, up Taro’s ladder onto Narrowneck Peninsula, which we followed north again back to where a taxi could pick us up.

The view down the gorge from Kanangra Walls Lookout.
Left: Thurat Spires
The route we took started on the right running along Kanangra Walls, Kilpatricks Causeway, below Crafts Wall, over Mt Berry, Mt High and Mighty, veering right at Mt Stormbreaker, and proceeding up Rip, Rack, Roar and Rumble Knolls to Mt Cloudmaker before dropping over the back to Dex Creek.
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Lunch had beautiful views, though finding shade was problematic.
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There was lots of interesting vegetation... (this first one is of a banksia that had been burnt last March, and was trying to flower).
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We survived potential heatstroke climbing the Stormbreaker/Cloudmaker ridge, with the charmingly named knolls, Rip, Rack, Roar and Rumble. Unfortunately, not easily visible.
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The next day, as temperatures climbed again, we headed down the aptly named Strongleg Ridge (800m descent).

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Cox’s River was a very welcome and delightfully pretty cooling-off spot. But the valley simply got hotter and hotter, so we headed up Yellow Pup ridge (700m) towards our second campsite.

We stayed in a camping cave that night, entertained by a flashy lightning show as a little thunderstorm dropped some welcome rain around us.
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That of course led to quite a steamy morning, and it took only a few minutes for us to become saturated as we brushed through the wet scrub.

Happily, the wind blew, and we were kept cool by the evaporative effect, especially as climbed the last ridge below Taro’s Ladder. Named after Blue Mountains walker extraordinnaire, the "Duke of Clear Hill", Walter Tarr (d 1969, aged 90-something). This set of spikes replaces the ladder Walter placed here in the 1930s.

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Up on Narrowneck Peninsula, the flowers were outstanding!
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Ruined Castle and Mt Solitary.
Taken from the southern part of Narrowneck Peninsula, looking east towards the Kedumba valley.
We had only visited the Ruined Castle and Mt Solitary in April 2009 (6 months ago).
That's probably Lake Burragorang on the right.
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Re: Kanangra to Katoomba, NSW Blue Mtns, Australia

Postby kinley » Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:06 pm

8)

That makes me want to go back! Particularly given how driech it is here :(

Lovely blue eucalypt haze on some of those shots.

Any leeches? :?

Cheers 8)
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Re: Kanangra to Katoomba, NSW Blue Mtns, Australia

Postby AndrewP » Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:50 pm

Not enough moisture for the leeches to be out.
I think we saw one when we were at nearby Mt Solitary in April.
Sadly, leeches are becoming less of a problem as Australia continues to dry out.
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Re: Kanangra to Katoomba, NSW Blue Mtns, Australia

Postby robertian » Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:55 pm

Nice report there Andrew , but us Scots do not understand the meaning of some phrases ie '' hotter and hotter '' , '' little water about '' , '' a nice little cooling off spot '' and '' evapourative effect ''. :lol:

But lovely photos of the nice dry weather
cheers
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Re: Kanangra to Katoomba, NSW Blue Mtns, Australia

Postby kinley » Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:01 pm

robertian wrote:but us Scots do not understand the meaning of some phrases ie '' hotter and hotter '' , '' little water about '' , '' a nice little cooling off spot '' and '' evapourative effect ''. :lol:


Nonsense :?

"hotter and hotter" - i can take my gloves off

"a little water about" - even paramo can't save me

"a nice little cooling off spot" - Scotland

"evapourative effect" - the reason to get the whisky down your neck quickly - it might try and escape :wink:
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Re: Kanangra to Katoomba, NSW Blue Mtns, Australia

Postby mountain coward » Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:49 am

Great post - nice to see somewhere else... but question - what's a 'heatwave'? Is that when you have to wave bye-bye to the sun at the end of the one-day summer?
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