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Budawangs Wog Wog to the Castle

Postby Longboardman » Wed 24 Oct, 2018 7:32 am

I intend to complete a traverse of the Budawangs from west to east starting at Wog Wog and hoping to come out on the Clyde at Yadboro after visiting the Castle. Someone I know was up there recently and told me after going around Mt Cole and up the gully that you cannot get through to Monolith Valley, that the track on the map does not exist and bush bash pretty solid. In the past I have done this walk going up the creek between Mt Cole and Mt Owen and though I might try the route on the map that is shown as representing a track.
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Re: Budawangs Wog Wog to the Castle

Postby Walk_fat boy_walk » Wed 24 Oct, 2018 2:16 pm

The two routes for getting from the west side of Mt Cole to Monolith Valley are: 1) between Mt Cole and Mt. Owen as you describe between Mt. Cole and Owen (including going 'over' the northern end of Owen) and b) around the north of Mt. Cole along the cliffs then east between Cole and Donjon, turning south past Seven Gods Pinnacles into the valley (via the Green Room, which is awesome). The latter is the easiest and most commonly used i think, and i'm not sure what your source was talking about - I suspect they lost the track somewhere and never reacquired it? As long as you follow the obvious pads/markers/cairns it's a reasonably well marked route the whole way??
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Re: Budawangs Wog Wog to the Castle

Postby ribuck » Wed 24 Oct, 2018 6:01 pm

The Cole-Owen route does go through, but you have to walk on a (straightforward) sloping rock ledge at one point. Use a GPS, and follow the navigable route marked on OpenStreetMap which is correct. The route to the north of Cole is longer in distance but quicker in time. Both routes are super interesting.
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Re: Budawangs Wog Wog to the Castle

Postby Huntsman247 » Wed 24 Oct, 2018 6:53 pm

I've been through there just a couple weeks ago. There is definitely a track from Trawalla falls (western side of cole) through the gully between Cole and Owen to the monolith valley. If you were to go between cole and Owen, you do need to come up a steep rock slope. The picture doesn't do it justice. Exciting is a good word to describe it when going up with a heavy pack. The route is rather well marked with cairns that I'd be questioning your sources navigational skills if they think there's no track. lol. As you come down the other "ramp" off mt Owen on the eastern side there are 2 routes. One following the creek and one above the creek which is overgrown somewhat but still would consider it a track.

Otherwise going around the northern side of Cole has a much more established/worn track. If you haven't been through the monolith before I'd go the second route as you get to see more things.

Sounds like a good trip.
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Re: Budawangs Wog Wog to the Castle

Postby Longboardman » Wed 24 Oct, 2018 9:35 pm

Yes I went back to my source and they said they ended up down some ravine which they were forced to come back out of. Sounds like they did lose the track and didn't turn south along Mt Cole.
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Re: Budawangs Wog Wog to the Castle

Postby clarence » Fri 26 Oct, 2018 8:58 am

There are definitely places where you can lose the route between Owen and Cole. Previous posts sum it up pretty well.

If in doubt, go between Donjon and Cole.

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Re: Budawangs Wog Wog to the Castle

Postby bernieq » Tue 06 Nov, 2018 10:33 pm

Here's another angle on the 'rock slab' - it's not difficult.

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between Mts Cole & Donjon - Aug 2011

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Re: Budawangs Wog Wog to the Castle

Postby crollsurf » Wed 07 Nov, 2018 7:27 am

Someone has placed a fallen tree up the steepest part at the bottom of bernieq's photo which makes it safer. If you're feeling tired, walking around the North side of Cole is relatively easy and a lovely walk through Monolith, Green Room and Nibelung Pass. You'll find water until just before the Cooyoyo turn off (grab it at Nibelung Pass to be sure), then nothing after that until Long Gully. Hope you got good knees, the walk down from the Castle is steep in places and hard for a good part of 4 klms.
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Re: Budawangs Wog Wog to the Castle

Postby ribuck » Wed 07 Nov, 2018 6:45 pm

crollsurf wrote:Someone has placed a fallen tree up the steepest part

Yes, and that's the harder way up. If you don't like the look of the bare rock slope above the fallen tree, backtrack a few metres and go up the rock ledges through the vegetation instead of up the bare rock.
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