Explore around Mt Airly and Genowlan Mountain in the Capertee Valley.
Suitable for fit people who have completed recent challenging hikes. You need good hiking and camping gear and to feel comfortable with heights and some climbing exposure. Consider the walk of medium difficulty and know that we climb off track to some of the area’s landmarks.
Mt Airly and Genowlan Mountain have a diamond and oil-shale mining history. Up high, there is a maze of cliffs, pagodas, canyons and slots with great views across the Capertee Valley. We car-camp Friday night and pack-camp Saturday night, carrying all supplies in our packs, including warm clothing and bedding and plenty of drinking water, which may be difficult to find on the plateau.
Meet Friday afternoon or early evening at Airly Gap Campground. We’ll camp here Friday night, then pack camp up on Genowlan Plateau Saturday night. We’ll return to the vehicles at Airly Gap on Sunday afternoon. See this map: https://goo.gl/TxVxeR
We’ll set up tents on Friday afternoon/evening then explore the tramway and ruins of the New Hartley Oil Shale Mine with head torches.
To participate, send an email to Rick (email@example.com). Check on availability and have a discussion about fitness, experience, equipment and your ability to get to Airly Gap Campground. Note that adding your name on a social media event does NOT confirm attendance. Email only. Event numbers limited.
Read on, then follow links to trip reports and images to get a clear understanding of the kind of terrain we will explore.
IMPORTANT: Bring plenty of drinking water. There may be no ground water to collect, especially up on the plateau once we leave the cars. Airly Gap Campground is an undeveloped site with no amenities, facilities or water supply.
• No camping or park use fees
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
• Follow the instructions to reserve your spot. Email only.
• Make your way to Airly Gap Camping Area on Friday afternoon or evening.
• Let someone know your plans and when you expect to be back.
• Have all supplies and equipment in your backpack, including;
- Plenty of fresh drinking water
- Warm and waterproof clothing
- Tent, sleeping mat and good sleeping bag
- Food for 2 nights/2 days, cooking gear, utensils and fuel
- Supplies for making hot drinks
- 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 hike of this nature.
PLANNED CAMPING LOCATIONS:
Friday: Airly Gap Campground - car camping
Saturday: Genowlan Plateau - pack camping
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.
Dave Noble - trip report:
Dingo Gap - Airly Shale Mines
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/