Ragged Range: 20 September 2015

Ragged Range GPS route

Ragged Range GPS route

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).

Forest curtains in dappled light

Forest curtains in dappled light

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.

Between the trees on the final walk across the ridge

Between the trees on the final walk across the ridge

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.

Wedge and the Sentinel Range

Wedge and the Sentinel Range

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.

We pop out to check out the best route to the summit

We pop out to check out the best route to the summit

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!

Bec approaches the summit, while Ben drinks in the views

Bec approaches the summit, while Ben drinks in the views

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!

Looking over Lake Gordon

Looking over Lake Gordon

All up: 6.9km, 6.37 hrs (very easy pace and a break on top), 461m ascent.

Clear Hill, and the Spires behind

Clear Hill, and the Spires behind

Summit cairn and Lake Gordon

Summit cairn and Lake Gordon

A bite to eat on top, and a view of Mt Field to admire. Saw Back range in front.

A bite to eat on top, and a view of Mt Field to admire. Saw Back range in front.

Kind of liked these guys..

Kind of liked these guys..

 

 

 

 

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