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Mt. Chinghee

Postby trowland » Sun 20 Feb, 2022 6:42 pm

Does anyone have any info on climbing Mt. Chinghee?

I can't find any info online/in books/anywhere. We're planning on tackling it from Andrew Drynan Park as a day trip. Should we be expecting lots of lawyer vine/very thick vegetation?

Any info is much appreciated, thanks.
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Re: Mt. Chinghee

Postby cough » Mon 21 Feb, 2022 9:30 am

Bushpeople's Guide says:

"Mt Chinghee National Park lies west of Chinghee Gap on the Running Creek road. The peak can be readily ascended by following up the fence line from the gap, although the mountain offers no views. Permission would be required to cross the private lands near the gap."
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Re: Mt. Chinghee

Postby dalehikes » Mon 21 Feb, 2022 10:47 am

The indigenous called the mountain Bung Bung which translates to 'The Brain'. Not much else is known in that regard.
Ching Hee was an early Chinese settler in the region.
It used to be a rainmaker, that is its forests induced rainfall in the region, but once Chinghee's flanks were desecrated the once reliable rains largely dried up.

From the park management statement: "As a result of the location and steep inaccessible terrain of the park, management focus is to provide a natural and
undeveloped setting. There is no visitor infrastructure or walking tracks provided."

Expect to encounter large thickets of notophyll vine forest and other nasties with no views whatsoever from the summit plateau.

Other than that, good luck.
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Re: Mt. Chinghee

Postby Aardvark » Mon 21 Feb, 2022 12:58 pm

Something like 25 years ago a doctor from Casino flew into some windshear on the southern side of the mountain. His aircraft dropped about 1000m to crash into the side of the mountain. The wreck was supposedly removed for the most part so as to prevent it becoming another bushwalking destination like the Stinson and the Lincoln bomber.
That took a couple of years to come about and in that time i made a visit, with a friend. Our approach was from another side and we did not count on the slow travel in getting to the top and across the plateau. We didn't find the site and spent a day battling thick vegetation. It is notably more difficult on the outer edge of the summit plateau. A lot of regrowth due to the encroachment of farming activity.
I would say your only satisfaction in ascending Chinghee will come from saying you've been there. There is no real value in a visit.
I am not aware of any written advice or accounts of others who have climbed it.
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Re: Mt. Chinghee

Postby tomh » Mon 21 Feb, 2022 4:49 pm

Mt. Chinghee Nat Park main and valuable feature is its varied birdlife and it would be of interest to an ornithologist. Some years ago I walked from Rimfall cottage up to the border fence, along the fence line and then down Black Snake Ridge to Running Creek and back to Rimfall. The walk had been delayed a month as we had been advised by Qld Wildlife of breeding Eastern Bristlebird (an endangered species) in that area and as a result our route was closed until the end of the breeding season. That might well be the case for Mt. Chinghee as it is just the other side of Running Creek (about 3.5K from the fence line).
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