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Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby Al M » Sat 29 Sep, 2018 4:48 pm

Will be setting off with one other for a two day ridge walk any time next several weekends when weather window looks good. I guess a bunch of hikers already went last week during long weekend WA holiday.

Any trip reports like has the water drum hose at half way point been restored since last year?

If any reliable people want to join let us know.
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Re: Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby enduro » Thu 11 Oct, 2018 10:23 pm

would have liked to have seen some replies to this thread.

Al M, how was the water tank? Is it working and in good order?
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Re: Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby Al M » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 9:34 pm

Has been half rainy and thunderstorms, still waiting for better weather and looking at this coming or following weekends.

Will report here after successful walk.
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Re: Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby Redtail » Tue 23 Oct, 2018 2:17 pm

DBCA is still advising the walk is closed from July. https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/stirling-range
I've read similar on local (WA) FB pages and forums.
I suggest calling the local office to be sure of the situation.
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Re: Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby Al M » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 2:10 am

Thanks for the heads up, yes you are correct I contacted Albany DPAW office and closed due to July bushfire damage and repairs needed. Expected reopening in March 2019. :cry:
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Re: Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby Redtail » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 9:56 am

Hopefully those repairs include a new water tank or two.
Thanks for the update.
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Re: Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby Freodude » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 9:31 pm

Found this news out today, I've been preparing for this for months! Bluff Knoll is open I'm sure, I might contact the retreat tomorrow and see what they know. But having taken time off work in mid November for this I might need to find something to do instead. Open for ideas?
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Re: Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby beardless » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 11:05 pm

You probably know this but the Stirling Ranges has at least five tracked mountains that appear on the Parks info. 1. Bluff Knoll, 2. Toolbrunup, 3. Hassell, 4. Talybrunup, and 5.Trio. I have climbed the first four. All worthy to explore but with different degrees of difficulty. All up and down tracks. I think there might be a campground somewhere between Trio and Bluff Knoll.
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Re: Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby Redtail » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 11:18 pm

Freodude wrote:Found this news out today, I've been preparing for this for months! Bluff Knoll is open I'm sure, I might contact the retreat tomorrow and see what they know. But having taken time off work in mid November for this I might need to find something to do instead. Open for ideas?

Maybe stay at Mt Trio and break it into a series of daywalks in the area?
There's a campsite on the eastern approach to Ellen Peak for a possible overnighter.
But, if DBCA says it's a no go, then best to heed their advice.

What about Albany - Denmark on the Bib?
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Re: Stirling Range Ridge Walk

Postby Al M » Wed 31 Oct, 2018 2:22 am

The caravan park don’t really know more about the closure and refer to DPAW Albany, who said you can’t go past the main track end of BK. I was hoping instead to go over BK to the east slope and lower camp saddle but they said that was also not allowed.

Might give the Bib an overnight go from Mt Cuthbert and Mt Randal 30km south of Armadale.
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