[SUBW-A] Trip Report 9-10 October Katoomba to Kings Tableland via Mt Solitary
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Tue Oct 10 08:54:30 AEDT 2000
Party Chris Berwick and Simon Stebbing
We set off from Katoomba dumping 5 litres of Simons 8 litres of water in a
bin, as I advised him there should be water at least where we were planning
to camp on Mt Solitary, even though I knew it had been very dry lately. We
then proceeded down the steps beside the Scenic Railway and leisurely
followed the tourist trail past the landslide and on to the castle for
We continued up to Mt Solitary in the afternoon, while at the same time
Simon was consuming a fair proportion of his remaining water. Knowing that
we needed water we descended the first intermittent creek on Mt Solitary
only to find a dark pool of water near the bone dry waterfall. We decided to
collect some of this water in case we found no other, as this was looking
very likely. We used Simons filter to fill a few litres, and the colour was
similar to dark grape juice.
We continued to the next intermittent creek to again find that it was dry,
but some fellow campers directed us upstream to where there were some pools
and the flow was just dripping. We dumped our rotted dark grape juice
water and filled with clear drinkable water. What a relief! We camped in a
pleasant spot nearby.
We were unsure of our desired route was for the next day, originally
planning to reach Wentworth Falls via a scrub and creek bash. After awaking
at 7 and setting off at 7:30, we opted for an easier and quicker route out
via the track down to Kedumba River, and up to meet the road for the ascent
through the cliffs, and up to the old hospital. We arrived here at midday
and hollered for taxi (via a mobile phone) to Wentworth Falls.
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