"Ralking" the Main Range Track in a day! !

Trip type: 
Bushwalking
Difficulty: 
Medium
Start date: 
Sunday, 16 February 2020 - 5:00am to 9:00pm

I’m running this as training for my upcoming expedition to the Zanskar valley. I will prioritise spots to people coming on the Zanskar trip, but there should be room for other club members to join too! :D 

We'll be "ralking" the main range track over a single day. I plan on trying to run as much of the flat/easy sections as possible and walking the uphill and downhill bits. 

Total length of the route will be 22kms, with almost 1000m elevation gain. Most people take 7-9 hours to complete this. I’d like to see if we can push ourselves a bit and do it a little quicker than that (maybe 6-7 hours? Maybe even faster than that?)

In order to come on this trip, you need to have prior experience in covering long distances on day trips, either through bushwalking or running. 22 kms is quite long and it's not going to be easy!  You don't need to be incredibly fit/fast, but you do need to have the ability to keep on going at a steady pace. 

I will cancel the trip if bushfires flare up in the region, if air quality in the region is at a hazardous level, or if the weather is very hot/dry. Be prepared for the trip to get cancelled if conditions aren't good!!!

This is going to be a long day trip. I imagine that we will be quite tired on the way back, so it would be desirable for some people to come along who can take over from the main drivers if they feel exhausted. If we don't have people that can take over driving, I would suggest that we drive up to Kozi on saturday afternoon and car camp nearby, possibly at Island Bend campground, which is a 25 minute drive from the trailhead at Charlotte’s pass (note that no backcountry camping is allowed right now, so that’s why we can’t do an overnight walk/camp out in the bush!)

When you sign up, please let me know:

- your experience level in bushwalking/running

- if you have a car and can drive or if you don’t have a car but can drive 

-if you have a park pass

See this link for a more detailed breakdown of the route: 

http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/kosciuszko-np-south/main-range-walk-charlotte-pass-to-mount-kosciuszko.html

There will be no pre trip meeting; everything will be organised via email or fb messenger. 

 

Costs: 
fuel money from drivers: probably will end up being $20 ish per person? Maybe a bit less? possibly a little more if if drivers don't have passes and we need to pay an entry fee
Intended plan: 
Leave Canberra at around 5am Sunday morning, drive to Charlottes pass (2hr and 45 minute drive, 3 hours if we take a quick coffee break) . Arrive at trailhead at 8/8:30 am, and begin "ralking" the track, in an anticlockwise direction. Ideally, we'll finish up by around 4/5pm and head home, being back in Canberra by 7/8pm. But be prepared for there to be delays if somebody gets injured/if we are slower than expected.
Departure and intended return times: 
leave Canberra around 5am, return around 7/8pm (ideally). We may also leave Saturday afternoon to reduce strain on drivers.
Local knowledge: 
I have never walked this route before.
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