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Gordon Splits

Postby dazintaz » Sun 13 Oct, 2013 8:35 pm

I am keen to learn wether any of you hard nuts have been to Gordon Splits? Does a rough track exist? Where would it start? Thanks in advance!!!
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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby sowestas » Sun 13 Oct, 2013 9:08 pm

Q1.Yes, but a few years ago.
Q2.Well, there was when I went. Rough is the correct description.
Q3.Start from Gordon Dam.
Definitely worth the effort. 7 days will give you a full day in the middle for recovering, oh, and for exploring the Splits.
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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby DaveNoble » Sun 13 Oct, 2013 9:54 pm

The Splits are an interesting place - well worth a visit. Although they are hard to see - I think you would get the best views crossing the Gordon River.

When I visited the Splits, we had liloed down the Denison River to close to the Gordon Junction - then spent a day in scrub to reach the Splits. Spent a day or two around the Splits then walked out back to the Hamilton Range - on a rough track. I would suspect the track may well be overgrown by now unless people have been regularly using it.

Some photos from the trip have been posted here -

http://www.david-noble.net/Tasmania/Den ... nison.html

But it seems I have not got around to scanning more of the slides from the trip.

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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 2:01 pm

Been over the Hamilton range a few times, there's a vague/average pad leading over there, but it peters out once on top. I suspect from here on in it would be a case of "good luck"
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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby dplanet » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 3:18 pm

I had a plan to do the Hamilton range pad as an overnight walk the year before. The tastracks site has been a great resource.
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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby DaveNoble » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 5:24 pm

ILUVSWTAS wrote:Been over the Hamilton range a few times, there's a vague/average pad leading over there, but it peters out once on top. I suspect from here on in it would be a case of "good luck"


I think it was easy-open going on the west side of the Hamiltons. The main scrub in getting to the Splits is very close to the Splits. The 'track' was largely due to Martin Hawes and was written up in the Wildnerness Society Journal.

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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby jmac » Tue 15 Oct, 2013 1:31 pm

My visit to the Gordon Splits was about the same time as Dave's and my recollection of the terrain is similar. The Hamilton Range is quite straightforward, but the bauera atop the Nicholls Range, near the splits, is formidable. It is likely overgrown and quite difficult now.

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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby icefest » Tue 15 Oct, 2013 1:35 pm

Check your PM's dazintaz
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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby dplanet » Tue 15 Oct, 2013 4:41 pm

ILUVSWTAS wrote:Been over the Hamilton range a few times, there's a vague/average pad leading over there, but it peters out once on top. I suspect from here on in it would be a case of "good luck"

In fact, I was interested in checking out the access to POW. From memory, we recently had a fun chat on a related thread.
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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Wed 16 Oct, 2013 7:25 am

dplanet wrote:
ILUVSWTAS wrote:Been over the Hamilton range a few times, there's a vague/average pad leading over there, but it peters out once on top. I suspect from here on in it would be a case of "good luck"

In fact, I was interested in checking out the access to POW. From memory, we recently had a fun chat on a related thread.



Indeed. I probably wouldnt take on a walk like that though if i were you.
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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby dplanet » Wed 16 Oct, 2013 9:38 pm

ILUVSWTAS wrote:
dplanet wrote:
ILUVSWTAS wrote:Been over the Hamilton range a few times, there's a vague/average pad leading over there, but it peters out once on top. I suspect from here on in it would be a case of "good luck"

In fact, I was interested in checking out the access to POW. From memory, we recently had a fun chat on a related thread.



Indeed. I probably wouldnt take on a walk like that though if i were you.

I can recall few major points from that. Will head to the river, then walk back out.
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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby Ted Mead » Sat 30 Nov, 2013 5:19 pm

dazintaz wrote:I am keen to learn wether any of you hard nuts have been to Gordon Splits? Does a rough track exist? Where would it start? Thanks in advance!!!


The track was cut there over 30 years ago - it would be undefinable now - easy enough to get southwest of Mt Roberts to Dog leg Creek - after that you are in for one hell of a scrub bash anywhere near the Nicholls Range. You could go southerly towards the Gordon and then float down - High water from the power station outlet would make the journey risky. Getting to any view points around the splits will be a challenge. Walking in this region is a major challenge, recommended for die hards only.
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Re: Gordon Splits

Postby farefam » Tue 05 Mar, 2019 1:07 am

Having viewed the Splits recently under high water conditions, courtesy of the hydro ramping up the power station output, I'd completely agree with Ted's comment's about the risks posed by high water from the power station if anyone tried to raft downstream to reach the 2nd Split. It can be done if the power station is not operating (I've seen a video by kayakers), but you'd need to be completely certain that the Hydro weren't going to unexpectedly turn the tap right open on you. The riverside scrub along the Gordon is also very thick, which would make scouting for any rapids along the way in high water conditions very difficult (and thus dangerous). And if you missed your pull out points and got swept into either of the two Splits then rest assured that you'll be drowned within seconds. Otherwise it would be quite an effort to try to walk in, as in places between the Splits my progress was only 100-200 metres an hour and there is a horrible thick, steep, tall band of bauera on the upper south east side of the Nicholl's Range. From a distance, the scrub on the north side looked even worse. It's not impossible to get there, but it is truly wild, difficult, unforgiving country and it's a place strictly for the die hards, as Ted said.
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