Jagungal

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Overview

Mt Jagungal is a wonderful and (winter) remote mountain in the Northern Snowy Mountains. It is the northernmost peak over 2,000 metres on the continent - it comes in at 2,061 m asl. Ski touring/ back country is quite different here to the Main Range as it is more remote feeling, broader in size and scope, but less alpine feeling because much of it is forested. The touring is generally fairly easy in that the mountain sits in a broad region that is a series of higher ridges interspaced with plateau-type country.

Access is generally from the Main Rain, Guthega Pondage, or from the North. Details on these and other approaches will be posted soon. Because it is relatively remote, you generally need at least 4 days to really explore the area.

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This is remote country. While it is more 'forgiving' than the Main Range owing to its gentle topography and tree cover, a trip here should not be undertaken lightly.

The route finding is exceptionally difficult from Gungartan most of the way through to Jagungal in anything other than clear conditions. If you can't see where you are going, it is wise to stay put until you can. This is untracked country once you leave the road up Whites River, meaning you need very good navigation skills.

Most of the huts aren't in great shape so I would suggest you plan to mostly camp rather than rely on them.


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Also see the notes on the Rolling Ground and the Kerries, Brassies & Bull Peaks (not yet done as at April 2009) for extra details on approach.

There are various ways in that I know, and probably others that I don't. Generally the easiest is from the south, either starting at Guthega Power Station or in the Guthega ski village.

From Guthega village

There are various ways to get out of the valley - the aim is to cross the Rolling Ground and eventually come out at Schlink Pass. From here, follow the directions in the Power station notes. Perhaps the easiest way from the village is to cross to the far (northern side) of the pondage, then head roughly north up valley, following the Guthega River to its head, then straight on up to Consett Stephen Pass. The first section is through snow gum forest but this thins out as you climb.

You can also head out via Tate East Ridge or via Guthega Trig, both these routes will take you to the Pass.

From the Pass, keep heading north - eventually crossing the Rolling Ground and passing by Dicky Cooper Bogong before descending to Schlink Pass. See the power station notes below from here.

From Guthega power station

Cross over the dam wall and head up valley. In poor seasons you can follow the road, otherwise, there are poles that take you up valley. There is an initial steepish switch back type climb, then slow and gradual ascent via the Munyang (Whites) river valley, passing [Horse Camp]http://www.kosciuszkohuts.org.au/Hut%20Profiles%20KNP/Profile%20Horse%20Camp.html and [White's River]http://www.kac.org.au/whites_river_hut.html huts before climbing through Schlink Pass. This is about 7 to 8 km from the power station.

The next stage is to climb onto Gungartan Mountain (a few metres higher than Jagungal itself, at 2068 m).

The 'Schlink Hilton' hut, just about 2 km north of the pass is worth a stay if you have headed off late in the day. From the hut you gain Gungartan by climbing the obvious gully system going due east which is visible from the hut. Climb until you gain the top of the Kerries - a very nice open and rolling area that offers some very nice cruisey skiing.

If you are coming from the Pass rather than the hut, then just follow the ridge on the east side of the pass straight up to Gungartan, then north to the Kerries.

Crossing Gungarton to Jugungal

Once on Gungarton or the Kerries, you just keep navigating northwards - due north and staying on the crest of the main range will lead you into the Valentine Creek Valley (where [Mawsons Hut]http://www.kosciuszkohuts.org.au/Hut%20Profiles%20KNP/Profile%20Mawsons.htm can be found), then climb over the rise to the north of the hut, and thence into the Geehi River valley, and onto another high point (generally you can just cross the river near 'the Big Bend' on the Vallentine, then follow a shallow valley north and cross the highpoint just to the west of Strawberry Hill. From here veer slightly eastwards, staying as high as you can until you come to the direct climb up Jagungal itself.

I generally allow two days for this trip, with a camp at Schlink Hilton or Mawsons, or on the Kerries if the weather is clear.

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