NSW 2011 - Guthega Power Station to Tin HutBy Hikingoz
Once we got to the section where we should have left the trail to take the ridge, the scrub cleared and the snow covered ridgeline sloped up in front of us. We put the snow shoes on and walked up the ridgeline. There was good cover on top and the views in the crisp freezing air was amazing. We stopped at the disapointment spur trig for lunch. After lunch we trekked on to a broad saddle between Dissapointment Ridge and Mt Gungartan. It was about 4pm so we set up camp and settled in for the night.
In the morning we wacked our snowshoes again and headed up the ridge on the other side of the saddle and made our way up to the summit of Mt Gungartan. Somewhere around here Joe lost his Black Diamond shovel. After summiting we negotiated our way past Gungartan Pass and sight of the Kerries and down along the correct ridge which descends to Tin Hut. I mucked this up a bit and turned down into the broad gully. This left us negotiating snow covered bushes and creeks where we should have been staying high and dry on the ridge as it terminates into the valley closer to the hut. Once the navigation was resolved we made the hut and lit the fire, settled in and relaxrd for the evening. It was a pretty cool hut particularly in the snow.
On the Sunday we headed along the side of the hill upstream from Tin Hut, trying to stay out of the gully. I mucked this up a bit as well and took a while to find the ridgeline from the day before where it terminates. If I had have gone the right way the day before I might have recognised it. The plan was to head to Schlink Hut via Gungartan pass but rather than follow the same route we opted to take a bee line straight over the Kerries and down the other side to the hut. The prospect of this was a bit more exciting because approaching the Kerries Range from the side it was fairly imposing and steep.
The going in this section was much more interesting and adventurous although it was quite hard work . The rocky terrain blanketed in crisp white snow on the Kerries was spectacular. We basicly cut a bearing up one side and down the other to Schlink Hut. From Schlink Hut we headed over the pass and back down the hill to Guthega Power Station.
This walk was a great long weekender. The combination of the snap frozen blue sky weather and decent snow cover made perfect conditions for a snowshoing trip.
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