Sunday 25 October 2015. Adan VK1FJAW, Al VK1RX and I attempted Mt Gudgenby today, unfortunately with 525 metres (200 vertical metres) to go I had to stop and sit out the remaining ascent. With 8.2 km completed, I suddenly developed severe stomach cramps, bugger. 😮
After resting for 10 minutes I asked Adan and Al to continue to the summit while I stayed put waiting for their return. 🙂 I maintained contact with Adan and Al on 2m FM simplex. I was surprised to find I had good mobile phone reception with Telstra.
Below is the track log from Yankee Hat car park and ascent profile up to 1532 metres ASL where I stayed for 3 hours. We used bikes to cover the first leg 4 km from Yankee Hat car park to a way-point marked as ‘Footpad’ in 30 minutes. Thanks Adan for the loan of your wife’s bike, I bet it was funny watching me ride the bike with my knees touching the handle bars. 🙂 Adan locked the bikes to a tree near the start of the footpad trail.
From Gudgenby saddle the ascent is a scrub bash to the summit. We did see the occasional piece of pink tape tied to tree branches at head height.
What is there to do for 3 hours? Watch tiny Skink lizards prey on insects and frolic in the sun. Good news I didn’t see a single snake all day. Ian VK1DI has photos of a fat 1 metre Tiger snake when he last visited this peak. Tiger snakes are known to be aggressive, their toxic venom means the snake is classified as the world’s 4th most venomous snake.
I hope to return in 2016, most likely in late March for a 2nd attempt at this summit. 🙂