So it’s been a while.. like a rather long while.. and plenty has happened, and plenty is still happening (on that note I’ll keep this short, so I can get back to the studying!). There’s been a little less walking (but plenty of snowshoeing!), and its often been to places that are within reach (which means they’re not so new).
You can imagine I was just a bit excited about going somewhere I hadn’t been for the first time since June/July (I think?), even if it was to what was a fairly low little bump near Lake Gordon.
Apart from some nice forest and hopefully less scrub than its neighbour, the Saw Back Range, expectations were set relatively low, but that didn’t matter – we were going somewhere new, with people I was looking forward to seeing. To spoil the story, expectations were met and exceeded on all accounts.
The Ragged Range isn’t just some average little bump. It’s quite a nice walk that starts off on an old 4WD track or something, and then turns into a taped pad through some pretty stunning forest, before changing again to a final ridge walk (or squeeze – there’s a few closely growing trees to get between) and clamber to the summit. The views were much better than expected, even if the Gordon looked seriously low.
As for the company, well, it just the usual crazy bunch of Pandanis plus a few extra (who I don’t think we managed to scare off ;)!)… but it’s been so long since I’ve seen some of them, and this walk in particular brought home just a few of the things I like and respect in them: their acceptance, non-judgemental-ness (yes, it’s a word), encouragement, patience, interest, care and, as always, their ability to take the piss out of everything and everyone!
And so we had a lovely day of chatter, laughter, pranks, forest and mountains, topped off by an almost too close encounter on the drive home with somebody trying to escape a cop car!
All up: 6.9km, 6.37 hrs (very easy pace and a break on top), 461m ascent.