After hearing about the recent track clearing I finally decided to give Hannels Spur a crack. And before they put a metal walkway to the top
I left work on Friday afternoon and arrived at the Geehi flats campground at around 7pm. I woke up at 6 and after a breakfast of donuts and coffee I packed up and headed out. I arrived at the start of the track at around 7:30am and started the climb.
It was definitely type 2 fun until about 300m before Moiras flat (not so flat) when it became type 1 fun with stunning views and a nice cleared track as you are coming out above the treeline.
The scrub was very thick in places but if you paid attention there was always a pink ribbon to guide you. If you can't handle thick scrub do not attempt this walk! I lost the track once but quickly found it again. You cant go too wrong, just head uphill... I don't think anyone should attempt this unless they know how to read a map and orientate with a compass.
The Parks employees and volunteers who cut the top section of the track are legends! It was clear and easy going apart from the steepness.
Once I got above the treeline I was in familiar territory and made it through Wilkinsons valley quickly. I arrived at the top of Mt Kosciuszko after about 6 and a 1/2 hours of walking.
From Mt K I decided to climb up toward Abbott peak and set up the tent near Byatts Camp where I had found some good water earlier in the day. I was treated to a great sunset and a warm and still night. Total elevation gain was about 2150m and 20km of distance covered. I was pretty happy to say the least.
I woke up early today and headed back down the spur reaching the car in about 3 hours.
I wont bore you all with too much detail but I took some rough notes at certain elevations.
450m – Easy going
550m - Steep and scrub
700m – Steep
815m – Thick scrub
850m – Scrub thins and track levels out
900m – Thick scrub
950m – Drop into nice fern gully
1100m – Steep
1150m - Scrub thick lots of pink tape
1400m – Cut track
1500m – Moiras flat
1650m – Steep cut path
1750m – Scrub thins a track levels out
1865m – Good water and waist high scrub uphill
Open walking through Wilkinsons valley.
Very boring album of the walk but it should give you an idea of the track - https://imgur.com/gallery/ROz42
Let me know if you have any questions.