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Lake Tali Karng via The Sentinels

PostPosted: Thu 16 Jan, 2014 4:43 pm
by bernieq
We had an interesting 3-day trip to Tali Karng - Jan 2014 – and current conditions might be of interest to some.

We started at McFarlane Saddle and set off south along McFarlane Track to the head of the Moroka River, dropping packs for a side trip to Mt Wellington – all well-defined tracks. Back to the packs and lunch then headed (briefly off-track) to Spion Kopje. An intermittent track, it’s pretty easy to follow the ridge line and great views are afforded if the weather is co-operative.
from Mt Wellington, looking to Spion Kopje - Jan 2014

After descending from Spion Kopje and meeting the McFarlane Tk we turned east and walked 600m (past Riggalls old hut site and the turnoff back to McFarlane Saddle) to a new campsite with pit toilet and water tank – many open and sheltered campsites widely dispersed (and a better alternative to Millers Hut, IMO).

The next day was a little challenging.
looking into the Avon Wilderness from Gable End - Jan 2014

Starting with an easy stroll to Millers Hut (plenty of water flowing in Nigothoruk Creek – surprising, considering how dry it’s been) and then a climb to the Gable End turnoff, this was all on 4WD track. Again we dropped packs and followed a vehicle track to the trig point on the cliffline overlooking the Avon Wilderness – more inspiring views.

Back to the packs and then out to the Sentinels, overlooking Lake Tali Karng, for lunch – feeling like we were on top of the world.

Where’s the challenging bit, I hear you ask.
1st Glimpse - Lake Tali Karng from The Sentinels - Jan 2014

We headed over the top and down the NW spur directly to the lake. Initially we dropped down a gully heading N – very steep with many rock scrambles and dead branches to negotiate. One section required an awkward sidle on a narrow sloping ledge around a rock and a crevice– potentially dangerous and needs great care. Many of the party elected to pass their pack across the gap.

Finally below the bluffs, we could contour around (through fallen trees and very thick regrowth of Daviesia – this whole area was severely burned in the 2007 fire season) to regain the ridgeline.

We had thought there might be a track on the spur but it’s long gone – we instead faced the 600m descent on highly heat-fractured rock, through thick 2+m high regrowth all the way to the bottom.

The pace had been much slower that anticipated and it was a very thirsty group that arrived at Tali Karng’s (nominal) outlet – just short of a 12 hour day ! Lake level is currently low enough to walk along the bank to Snowden Falls but no-one was keen – after a swim and a meal, bed was all we wanted.

Day 3 was a very straight-forward tramp up Gillio’s Track (yes it’s steep-ish at the bottom but well-defined and zig-zagged to ease the gradient) then along McFarlane’s Tk and back to the cars.

Re: Lake Tali Karng via The Sentinels

PostPosted: Thu 16 Jan, 2014 8:46 pm
by Travis22
Great effort.

We visited the lake a month back and the water lever appeared to still be about 2,3+ meters up on how I always remembered the lake in years gone by.

There was no easy path around the lake, the beach at the bottom of Gillios was completely under water as was the a gillios track sign.


Re: Lake Tali Karng via The Sentinels

PostPosted: Sun 19 Jan, 2014 5:06 pm
by north-north-west
Where’s the challenging bit, I hear you ask.

Having done this one myself about six years ago (and still carrying the scars), I didn't need to ask, was laughing evilly to myself soon as I read the title.
It is worth the effort though, isnt it?

Re: Lake Tali Karng via The Sentinels

PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2014 4:25 pm
by walkon
Had a giggle when I read this report. We had some very strong willed self appointed leaders that made a tough day tougher when we did this. They had no sense of direction, common sense or reasoning. By the time we were down in the valley of destruction walking parallel with the track in the wrong direction to tali karng I'd had enough. When they wouldn't look at a contour map words were spoken and I took the eff off option. Two hours later I was parked up at Tali around a camp fire with some musicians having a riot.

About 11pm the disgruntled troup stumbled in to the campsite. Which was a relief, I learnt some big lessons that day.