Hannel's Spur is the greatest vertical ascent in Australia – a knee-trembling 1800m over 15km from Geehi Flat (420m) to the Summit of Mt Kosciuszko (2228m) this is no folly! Even better, three-quarters of the ascent is in the first half of the route. Recent track work by volunteers including NSW Parks and Wildlife rangers and ANUMC life-member Tim Macartney-Snape, has taken away much of the fallen timber and cut a path through the worse of the regrowth after the 2003 and 2006 Bushfires. This makes the route a bit easier, but certainly not easy.
Once at the top you can walk back down, or continue on to either Charlotte Pass or the Thredbo Valley (and then figure out how to get to your car on the opposite side of the Main Range).
So to overcome the transportation challenge the tentative plan for this walk is to avoid the car shuffle and the backtracking by completing the walk in two small groups, one leaving from Dead Horse Gap and the other from Geehi Flat. Both of groups will drive from Canberra on Friday and camp overnight at either Geehi or Dead Horse Gap. Early the next morning the two groups start walking and meet and camp together at either Moira's Flat or Byatt's Flat and share tales. The next morning (Sunday) the two groups continue, to retrieve the other's cars and then meet again in Thredbo.
I'll do better calculations closer to the date, but my reckoning is the return to dead horse gap should be the same timing as a descent down Hannel's Spur and driving the car back to Thredbo village to meet up with the group descending Dead Horse Gap.
Depending on timing - we eat dinner at Thredbo or Cooma at Alpine Hotel.
If my vertigo doesn't improve or the weather the conditions are not suitable the trip is off. However if things are good - 8 people and two cars is the optimum group number.
We will only be taking experienced and known participants on this. Needless to say you need to know how to overnight camp, be fit (I am assuming I am going to be the weakest link on this walk) and up for Type 2 fun. The benefit is the challenge of doing the biggest ascent or descent, and for those mountaineers, good hill climbing - hehe.
The overall proposed route between Dead Horse Gap and Geehi is about 26km and either about 1800m or 800m ascent, depending on which direction is walked.
So if you are interested, register and we will see if the trip goes ahead.