Mt Tennent & Honeysuckle Tracking Station
Distance: 40.25 km
Time: 5 hrs 50 mins 49 secs
Rate: 8' 43" per km
Altitude gain/loss: 1903 metres
Weather: sunny, cold -4 to 12 degrees, humidity 90% down to 50%, wind calm to start then later Sthly 10 kmph
Week: 85.25 km, June: 147.00 km,
Year: 2210.9 kms in 23 weeks at ave 96.1 kmph
Softshoe joined me today as the only other runner to do the Mt Tennent double to the top and up Apollo Road to Honeysuckle Tracking Station and return.
Starting at Namadgi Visitor's Centre we went up the Australian Alpine Walking Track to the top, down the fire trail to Apollo Road, then followed the road to the former tracking station for the moon missions back in the 1960's & 70's.
A very cold start, started with all the warm weather gear, triple layers, beanie, hat, gloves etc. By half way up we had discarded the beanie & gloves as the sunshine from the open eastern side was warm.
However, that changed on the fire trail down to Apollo Road in the shade and soon the gloves were back on. Patches of ice and some snow from the week's rain were still about and there was a very noticeable difference in temps when out of the sunshine.
We decide at the gate to Apollo road to do the full planned trip and made the long, 6 kms journey up hill to the turnaround.
A group of noisy but happy campers were staying for a few days. We refueled and soon were under way down hill, thankfully.
Back at the gate to Mt Tennent, we counted 13 different locks on the gate. Seems everyone with access wants there own lock & key. Bit of over protection, I think.
The small creek at the bottom of the hill was too wide to jump across, or get wet feet. That took a bit of rock hopping a few metres up stream. The washed out creek crossing inside the next gate has been fixed up. Now with 2 pipes, one higher than the other, should allow plenty of water to get thru before the flood water cross the road.
The hard part really starts here as it's 6 kms of steep in parts up hill to the summit. We walked plenty of this, ran where we could.
At the top it was like peak hour with groups of walkers also enjoying the nice day.
About 10 people at or near the top while we were there, plus about the same either going up or on the way down on the walking track back to NVC.
The day was great, a big thanks to Softshoe for his company today. It would be a big ask to do it solo.
With over 1900 metres of up hill, and down plus the technical nature of the front walking track, the need to concentrate when tired is paramount. No falls, could be dangerous, steep sides make life preservation take priority over a fast time.