Mt Palerang VK2/ST-009 1234 metres ASL, NSW Southern Tablelands
Sunday 4 October 2015. With the SOTA winter bonus in operation until 14 October, I decided to activate Mt Palerang and South Black Range. Mt Palerang is 45 km east of Canberra in the vicinity of Tallaganda State Forest while South Black Range is within the boundary of Tallaganda National Park VKFF-474.
The walk to the summit of Mt Palerang starts from the intersection of Mulloon and Palerang Fire Trails.
Ascent: 289 metres over 1.4 km taking 1 hour with an average grade of 20%, some sections are steeper. The descent is much quicker at 30 minutes.
Oz Topo map of Mt Palerang, contour lines are at 10m intervals
Rocky scree goat track to the summit
On the summit – Mt Palerang Stone Cairn Trig. Standing on the trig provides a 45 km line-of-sight view west to Canberra and beyond to the Brindabella Ranges.
Radio shack on Mt Palerang. Equipment Yaesu FT-817, FT-60R dual band HT, 12 volt 3S 2.2 Ah LiPo, 2m SlimJim, HF link dipole for 6/10/20/40m.
Started the activation at 23:00 UTC (10 am local) on 6m 52.2 MHz with one contact Matt VK1MA. Moved to 2m SSB and FM working Matt, Ian VK1DI and Dimitri VK2COW.
On 40m 29 chasers most in the south-east regions of Australia in VK1, VK3, VK3, VK5 and VK7.
6 Summit to Summit contacts: Peter VK3PF on VK3/VG-033 Razorback Range, Mitch VK3XDM on VK7/SC-001 Mt Wellington in Hobart, Bernard VK2IB on VK3/VE-041 Mt Benambra, Brian VK3MCD VK3/VC-031 at Arthur’s Seat looking over Port Phillip Bay, Tony VK3CAT at VK3/VN-001 Mt Torbreck, and Tony VK1VIC at VK1/AC-040 Mt Ainslie. 🙂
Descent – My 1st snake sighting for the 2015 spring and summer seasons
During the ascent, roughly 180 metres from the summit I noticed a Black Snake next to the goat track, less than 1 metre away (3 feet). Terrific to see a snake in its natural environment, certainly adds a level of excitement and awareness to a walk which is relatively routine. I kept my distance, took a few steps backwards, observed the snake for a minute or two and took a couple of photos. I’m guessing the snake would be close to 1 metre in length.
After the 2nd photo the snake became aware of my presence and departed for nearby rocks. I departed leaving the snake to its business. All Australian snake species and other reptiles are protected for good reasons. I was on snake alert for the rest of the descent.
Steep descent, rocky gravel goat track
Back to the car in 30 minutes, next a 30 minute drive to South Black Range VK2/ST-006 in the Tallaganda National Park.