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Did a hike yesterday up the St Arnaud Range track and then along the ridge to the unnamed 1787m peak. Stunning wee spot. Posted about it in a little more detail on G+ https://plus.google.com/+GavinTreadgold/posts/JJsWWTK9etX

In looking at the Peaks Classification criteria, I believe this peak may be worthy of being considered for addition. Yes, there are a couple of higher peaks further along the range, notably at the Rainbow Skifield, but this peak is a good day hike from St Arnaud, and about 1km along the ridge from the end of the St Arnaud Range track.

1. Accessibility
YES The peak must be able to be reached without trespassing on any privately or publically owned land.
YES The peak must be able to be reached without violating any special restrictions or closures put in place (permanently or temporarily), for at least a 3 month period during the year.
YES The peak must be able to be reached without needing special mountaineering equipment or experience to reach the summit, at least in the summer season.
YES The peak must be able to be reached without putting the 'average' hiker into unnecessary danger.

2. Physical and Cultural Guidelines
YES Is the summit greater than 100m above sea level?
YES Does the summit or journey provide rewarding views?
YES Is the summit obvious and/or contain a landmark? e.g. a trig, or cairn?
YES Is the peak easily reached on weekend trips from main population centres/transport routes?
NO Does the peak hold special historical, social, or cultural significance?
YES Is the summit accessible only by foot, and not via public road?
NO Is peak a named 'mountain'?
Where a peak is one of a number on a marked track, is the peak the highest (or most 'rewarding') on that track? (It is past the end of the marked track, about 1km up the ridge. The next major peak is at Rainbow Skifield and considerably further along)

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Rangitoto / Rangitoto 2005-12-03
« on: July 14, 2012, 10:20:59 AM »
Date: 2005-12-03
Geocache: Cache Page, My Log

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This wasn't quite as much fun, I would have sworn the GPS was pointing at the bottom of the crater. So I went down. Crap. Its back up the other side. I went up. I met three other geocachers near the cache. As luck would have it, they were out to place a new cache on the island that I wouldn't have time to log. Oh well, an excuse to come out again sometime. No exchange. Cheers Gav [719]

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Botanical Hill / Botanical Hill 2004-12-28
« on: July 14, 2012, 10:17:11 AM »
Date: 2004-12-28
Geocache: Cache Page, My Log

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It didn't take too long to get to the top :) Found the answers and had a little trouble getting to the final cache as I went up the wrong side of the fence. Ended up using the hint to find it - 10m error is sooo much bigger on a slope! Interesting cache and some lovely views! Thanks for the cache. No exchange made. Cheers Gav [322]

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Flagstaff / Flagstaff 2001-05-12
« on: July 14, 2012, 10:09:40 AM »
Date: 2001-05-12
Geocache: GCB0, My Log

One of my earliest geocache finds! :)

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This was fun, at least after the climb up the hill! Fantastic views going up, and near the peak is a great view of the city (S 45 49.962' E 170 27.976'), and the Tairei plans looked great too! Well worth it, and this walk justified the beer at the end of the day. Went up the car track, and came down the Pinapple walking track. The package was more of a challenge to find, and didn't hurt too much ;) Good stash placement. -Donovan CD + Anti slice golf tees. Cheers Gav [4/FTF]

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General Discussion / Lilburne Hill
« on: July 14, 2012, 10:02:05 AM »
Did this on a day hike to find a nearby cache at Tarn Hut, and also place another geocache.

Date: 2011-12-20
Geocache Page: GC1ED76 - The Tarn View, My log

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What a brilliant wee day! Like 8ManAfter, this was mostly about getting the D/T combination for the grid, but lets face it, it was on my nearest unfound list as well, so I had to hit it sometime ;) As other mentioned, we started about 0900, and got to the hut just before 1300. Quite a wee grunter up the ridge, but most satisfying to have reached the top. Lovely views, and enjoyed the downhill to the hut. Met the hunter on his way out from the hut. Had a fairly quick find, and then settled in for lunch, reading the various logbooks, and taking some photos, and finally making our way back down. A great day trip - and I hope more cachers do it! Cheers Gav [10274]

For those that get Wilderness Magazine, the May 2012 issue had an article on Geocaching entitled Treasure Hunters - there is a picture of mine taken looking from the hut up towards Lilburne Hill.

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General Discussion / Mt Grey 2008-11-09
« on: December 08, 2011, 05:25:43 PM »
Cache: http://coord.info/GC185EM
Log: http://coord.info/GL1ZXWXG

This was the second of the three caches hunted today. Fairly windy walking across the ridge today. Cache didn't take too long to find - there weren't many spots it could be! Cheers Gav [2695]

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Thomas, Mt / Mt Thomas 2011-08-30
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:55:10 PM »
Cache: http://coord.info/GCYXWG
Log: http://coord.info/GL6CV759

Decided to knock this cache off as part of my DGSc challenge - I'll probably add this to the vertical elective ;) Took the direct Summit Track, and it was certainly a bit of a grunter. Got up to the cache in 1h18m, which include a few hundred metres slogging through the snow that was still on the ridge road, and up to a couple of feet deep in places. Lovely view though, as the cache name says. Cache was found with rocks off and lid only just attached. Couldn't tell if it was human or animal muggles. Replaced it and all seemed OK. DOC signs were certainly way out as I went car-cache-cache in 2h flat. Cheers Gav [9699]

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Richardson, Mt / Mt Richardson 2011-01-28
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:52:54 PM »
Cache: http://coord.info/GCT7DK
Log: http://coord.info/GL5029JP

This was the main cache of the day! When I heard Sevren was planning to do this cache for BGSc, I figured that was a good excuse to finally get up there. As Sevren said, it was a fair grunt going directly up the Mt Richardson track and we took a fair bit of time, but it was satisfying to reach the top and find this cache! Most enjoyable hike. All up our round trip from the carpark took around 4 hours. Lovely views too, and enjoyed the Blowhard ridge track on the way back. Cheers Gav [7351]

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Herbert, Mt / Mt Herbert 2009-08-02
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:50:47 PM »
Cache: http://coord.info/GCHAW8
Log: http://coord.info/GL2VQVCR

Hi Ian! I found it at last - only about 5.5 years after it was placed :) Actually solved it about a year ago, and just decided last night that it was time I did it no matter the conditions (they weren't too bad). Drove round to Diamond Harbour around lunchtime as I wanted to do the walk from there. Got about 500m up the track and my plans were thwarted by a Track Closed For Lambing sign. Crap. Back to the car, and onto Plan B, walk around from the Port Levy Saddle. Drove up and parked, and the saddle was closed in in its usual conditions for an easterly - completely clouded in and the wind whipping by at around 5-10m/s. Anyway set out and kept plugging my way round, and up, and just over an hour later was at the peak and in some rather strong winds. Cache was easily found and in good condition. Removed a couple of silica packs and threw a few more in. PLENTY OF ROOM IN LOGBOOK HINT HINT ;) Not wanting to hang around, I turned tail and was back at the car in a round trip of about 2h20m. As for the puzzle, I should have solved that when it first came out, but I had made a bad bad assumption about Excel. Southern Kestrel pointed me in the right direction a year ago, and I discovered why I hadn't solved it when it was first released. Mutter... mutter... Microsoft... mutter... Bill Gates... can bite me :) Cheers Gav [4357]

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Isobel, Mt / Mt Isobel 1997-03-29
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:48:14 PM »
Did this one a long time ago, will be going up again before long to grab the cache there ;)

Started from Clarence Valley road, walked up to the top, then came back down via Deefer Falls and back into the forest. Date is an approximation - it may have actually been Easter 1998.

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Oxford, Mt / Mt Oxford 2011-12-03
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:42:57 PM »
Again, another one cached ;)
Cache: http://coord.info/GCMCTR
Log: http://coord.info/GL721QTG
Photos: https://plus.google.com/photos/111587138914193877141/albums/5682221270819954033

This was the first of two caches in our 30km (thereabouts) hike today. On the track about 0730 from the View Hill carpark, and we were at the cache around 1015. Rather windy up there, but hung around for a few minutes to take the obligatory photos. Stunning views! We did make a quick getaway however as we want to get back to the bush before the sun got too strong. We carried on down the Mt Oxford route to the Wharfedale hut, where we did Beyond Towns End, had lunch at the hut, and then did the 15km hike back on the Wharfedale. Awesome day, but felt it a bit on Sunday! ;) Cheers Gav [10261]


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Bradley, Mt / Mt Bradley 2008-01-05
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:40:18 PM »
Did this one caching too ;)
Cache: http://coord.info/GC14K8M
Log: http://coord.info/GL19RJKG

Well, this turned into quite a hike in the end. Moneydork and I started at Gebbies Pass and hiked in to Rocky Remarks, then up to the Packhorse, diverted to Broadleaf and Totora, and then made the decision to have a go at Bradleys Brow. It was quite a grunter on the legs, and I am sure they are going to feel it though. The gorse wasn't too bad the direction we approached from, there were some small tracks through the gorse further to the SW that we followed, but we still found one nasty patch of dead gorse that we walked through. In shorts. With no gators. Would the rest of you please harden up? :) We did have to empty our socks and boots of gorse pricks when we got to GZ however. It was at that point I read the logs on my PDA and discovered some of the fun people have had. Anyway, lovely day and fantastic views at the cache site. It seems somewhat creepy as a Cantabrian to be looking down on Sugarloaf like that. Quite disconcerting. We are also proud to announce that that last patch of gorse near the cache now has an increasingly wide swathe of destruction cut through it as we used our poles to cut a lot of dead gorse bits off in an effort to widen the track. We have decided to call this section the RedDork Track. If you use it, all we ask is that you help it to widen a little by beating the shit out of the gorse like we did! :) Then we walked back to the road at Gebbies Pass. I'm gonna feel it tomorrow... Cheers Gav [1730]

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Somers, Mt / Mt Somers 2011-02-17
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:35:08 PM »
Did this one geocaching.
Cache: http://coord.info/GCZG35
Log: http://coord.info/GL52QE4H

Well, this was a real mission to get to! In the end 4 of our group of 6 made it to the top. Started this morning at Woolshed Creek hut, and made our way up to Tussocks and Tarns. Then the real mission started as we waded the tussocks and hopped the rocks to the top. Man that was hard going. Also saw a couple of deer just 80-100m away as we were near the top of the gully. Continued the grunt up, and finally caught up with the two mountain goats from our party at GZ. Absolutely stunning day, and a fantastic view from here. We had a brief snack at the trig, and then headed all the way back down the Rhyolite track to the carpark. Wow my legs are going to be tender tomorrow ;) Cheers Gav [7433]

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