Promised myself a reset this weekend and as Spring was very much trying to pretend it was just around the corner, I thought a bit of altitude would help. 3 Caches in a very pleasant loop. Much of the steep climbing was earlier in the loop and there was plenty of catching of breath. The fire trail loops just under Gibraltar Peak and aside from the odd sound of car on the Corin Dam road below, the serenity was full bore. I think I solved just about every problem facing mankind. Found a very tame Wallaby who allowed me to get quite close. Knees were a little twingy toward the end of the 6.7 km hike.
Canberra's long winter continues. There was a new cache in deepest darkest Namadgi which had no finders....yet. A call was put out for volunteers for an expedition but he had appointments on the Wednesday....which really turned out for the best as Wednesday was the worst wintery day of the year. This Thursday had clear skies, no wind but still low temperatures. We left Wanniassa around 9:00 am for the drive to Orroral Valley.
We left the car around half an hour later. There is a good walking trail for the first part of the journey, with a steady climb through another pretty narrow valley. Stories swapped, another cache nabbed and then it was time to leave the marked trail and to find another sort of marked trail (pink ribbons/blue paint). A few marshy spots needed to be walked around (though on the return journey when legs were tired - we just splashed straight through). Had to keep our wits about us as it was easy to lose the trail if too busy nattering.
Eventually reached the saddle between the 2 creeks where the new cache was hidden. Yay us, first mission accomplished. We then proceed further West, down to Rendezvous Ck and a further 2 caches. The Rendezvous Cascades cache was the jewel in the crown. What a beautiful spot. The sad thing was it was 40 metres off the track we had found so we left backpacks for the push through so the good camera didn't make it to the beautiful vista of the creek tumbling through. Gorgeous ! But we still had some 7km plus to go to get back to car.
Bit slow going back up the saddle but we knew when we got to the top, it was basically going to be level going or downhill most of the way back and that helps the mental games that one plays when the body becomes a bit less willing. Yep swampy bits were marched through and it was good to get back to the car. The old yellow plane that flies around Tharwa we noted was sitting upside down in a paddock. Emergency Services were enroute. A fantastic day, thanks Warren for the company, would have been much less enjoyable by myself
Bushwalking & Geocaching a match made in heaven.