|I was almost at Mt Sunday by the time the cloud finally started to lift today.|
|I never did get a good look at Rumpff Saddle.|
|Middle Ridge Road made for a pretty easy start to the AAWT today.|
|Mt McKinty Road passes through a lot of these high saddles, they were inevitably wet and muddy spots today.|
|The AAWT eases off a bit between Mt McKinty and Mt Sunday, the cloud was still blocking any real views today though.|
|The flat grassy area near the summit of Mt Sunday.|
|Once dropping down towards Low Saddle from Mt Sunday the AAWT is pretty obvious. |
I walked 17 kilometres and climbed 715 metres on another hard day on the AAWT. After eight days on the AAWT the stats are 136 kilometres with 6005 metres of ascent. Water can be a issue through here, I got water down the old fire track that branches off Middle Ridge Road about a kilometre on from Rumpff Saddle, there was ponded water along Mt McKinty Road but the quality was very poor and I’d give it a miss. As I mentioned earlier between Mt Sunday and Low Saddle the AAWT drops down a makes a sharp turn to the north, there is (was?) a flagged route that leads down to what I’m told is reliable water. Heading north towards Low Saddle the AAWT crosses a couple of ferny gullies that had enough mud on the track to have me thinking that they might be worth burrowing into the scrub to see if you can find some water. Once at Low Saddle I dropped down Low Saddle road to the first gully and found some water. (Jumping slightly ahead of myself, I crossed two good rills of clear water flowing across Mt Sunday Road on my climb up to where the AAWT leaves Mt Sunday Road to climb Mt MacDonald tomorrow). Camping wise today there is a spot in a small saddle near where I got water but it’s less than two kilometres from Rumpff Saddle. There are plenty of good spots along Mt McKinty Road near Mt McKinty, the open areas amongst the Snow Gums as you get towards Mt Sunday are particularly nice - but there’s no water. Navigation today was pretty straight forward, the AAWT leaving the open tops of Mt Sunday needs a bit of investigation to find the pad initially but once on the AAWT it’s all pretty cruisey, although I was climbing over and under some large fallen timber for awhile. I managed to get a Telstra mobile signal on Mt Sunday today. John Chapman provided the notes and maps for the day again and I also carried Rooftops Jamieson - Licola Adventure Map in case I needed an overview.
AAWT, Day 1, October 2017.
AAWT, Previous day, October 2017.
|My Low Saddle camp was under grey skies but the showers more or less held off.|