I usually drop into this lovely secluded camp area, to break up my return journey, after flyfishing for trout in & around Armidale in NSW.
Never climbed it....so I thought I'd better make an effort & climb this Ayers Rock of NSW's.
There's 2 routes to the summit, long & short. I chose the short, steep route as I had arrived late & the sun was rapidly sinking in the west.
Here we go...start of the climb.
Just follow the round white markers....easy peasy.
There's a lovely small patch of forest & boulders just before the summit.
View N/east....Mt Lindsay far off into the distance, to the right.
To the west...great views over Girraween (not pictured)
Summit cairn....log book...leave an entry if you wish.
Nice spot to give the ol' ticker a breather, bite to eat & take in the 360 views.
You can either return the same way or via the longer forest route.
......or if your feeling adventurous
there's a nice large crack line on the western side, holding ground for small gnarly gums & low stunted bushes,
that heads all the way down to the base, from there its just 50m through the bush to a fire trail that leads back to the camp ground.
Good dry rock & good grippy soles on your boots are a must. It's steep.
Next time I'd probably do the climb in reverse....head up via the crack.
Music was blaring & 5 large camper vans had just rolled into the campground as I was unshouldering my pack....so I headed for northward for a quieter spot.
Great little walk & a great little campground, usually.....one of my favourites.
Last edited by ofuros
on Mon 24 Jun, 2013 8:15 am, edited 3 times in total.