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Donkey Mountain


  • Donkey Mountain Wolgan Rd Wolgan Valley, NSW, 2790 Australia (map)

Hiking, camping and exploring around Donkey Mountain, high above the Wolgan Valley.

This adventure will suit fit people with recent experience at challenging hikes. You need good hiking and camping equipment for winter pack camping. You also need to feel comfortable with heights and some climbing exposure. Consider the walk HARD because we climb onto, then traverse this heavily dissected mountain, including steep ascents and descents, scrambling and climbing, pressing through slots and cracks and off-track navigating.

The top of Donkey Mountain is a maze of cliffs, pagodas, canyons and slots with stunning views across the Wolgan Valley. Plan for a total distance around 15 kilometres, camping Saturday on Donkey Mountain and returning to our cars Sunday afternoon. We carry all supplies in our packs, including plenty of drinking water which may not be available anywhere along our route.

Meet at the small Donkey Mountain carpark and fence stile beside Wolgan Road, ready to depart on foot Saturday morning at 9:00am sharp. Consider travelling on Friday evening and camping at the grassy national park campground further along at Newnes.

There is no public transport to the meeting location, so organise a seat in someone’s car. See this map for directions: https://goo.gl/aEZfS4

To participate, send an email to Rick (rick@hikeout.org). Have a discussion about fitness, experience and equipment, particularly if you have not been on Hike Out trips. Putting your name on a social media list does NOT confirm attendance! Event numbers are limited.

See trip report and image links to understand the terrain and conditions.

COST:
• No camping or park use fees

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
• Follow the instructions to reserve your spot. Email only.
• Be at the meeting location in Wolgan Valley ready to depart on foot at 9:00am sharp.
• Let someone know your plans and when you expect to be back.
• Have all supplies and equipment in your backpack, including;
 - Warm and waterproof clothing
 - Appropriate gear, clothing and bedding for winter pack-camping
 - Tent, sleeping mat and good sleeping bag
 - Food for 2 days/1 night, cooking gear, utensils and fuel
 - Drinking water and water filtration/treatment equipment
 - Supplies for making hot drinks
 - Snacks
 - Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a variety of clothing
 - Map, compass, GPS, PLB, first aid, camera, and all the equipment and supplies that you usually take on a remote hike of this nature.

PLANNED CAMPING LOCATIONS:
Friday: Newnes NPWS campground (optional)
Saturday: Donkey Mountain

It is up to each person to be fully prepared, fit and on time for this adventure. We explore as a group of friends each accepting the personal risks involved with this type of activity. We understand that there is no insurance cover provided.

MORE INFO:
1. Fat Canyoners - Trip Report:
https://fatcanyoners.org/2012/06/02/return-to-donkey-mountain/

2. Sons Of The Desert - Trip Report:
http://sonsofthedesert-abushwalkingblog.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/donkey-mountain-and-starlight-canyon.html

3. Andrew Smith - Notated Photo Journal:
https://smiffyspics.smugmug.com/Adventure/Multi-day-Hikes/Donkey-Mountain-Mar-2017/

4. NPWS Gardens Of Stone National Park:
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/gardens-of-stone-national-park

This event is planned for members of Hike Out, the friendly, diverse and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts where everyone is always welcome. Find out more at https://www.hikeout.org

Earlier Event: June 18
Kiama Coast Walk
Later Event: July 15
The Winter Room