Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

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Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby MJD » Sat 27 Nov, 2010 6:52 pm

1/4: Another 12 pictures from our recent walk to Lake Rhona, Reeds Peak, Bonds Craig, Stepped Hills and Mt Wright. The walking on the Denisons is nice and open but it got harder once we dropped off the southern end of the range towards Stepped Hills. It's not too bad, but it was hot on those button grass plains and it's a long way up the ridge towards Stepped Hills. I think that we were all quite happy to find water and some spots to pitch our tents only 800m from the summit. A fourth hot and sunny day saw us meandering slowly across the valley to camp near the summit of Mt Wright next to the tarn and the small arch. Some dark clouds rolled in and the wind made playing cards quite difficult. It even rained - bit hard to believe being in the sunny south west but there you go.
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1. Crossing the Gordon on a well placed log.
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2. Don't they look so well behaved - heading up the Vale of Rasselas towards Lake Rhona.
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3. Dawn at Lake Rhona.
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby MJD » Sat 27 Nov, 2010 6:57 pm

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4. Bonds Craig - and I want my three peak bagging points!
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5. But don't fall off. Looking back to Reeds Peak, Mt Wright & The Thumbs.
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6. Looking down at Lake Rhona.
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby MJD » Sat 27 Nov, 2010 7:02 pm

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7. Stepped Hills, Clear Hill, Mt Wright and The Thumbs from the southern end of the Denisons.
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8. Looking towards Federation Peak & the West Portal from high on Stepped Hills.
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9. Clear Hill from the summit of Stepped Hills.
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby MJD » Sat 27 Nov, 2010 7:06 pm

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10. Camping high on Mt Wright.
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11. It certainly looked like rain.
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12. Day five and we discovered that it can rain in the south west.
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Sat 27 Nov, 2010 7:10 pm

Awesome MJD. Just awesome!! I love that one of the threatening clouds, really pretty.
I really also like the shot of our camp on Mt Wright, but I think thats only cause it was such a nice place to camp on such a nice day with some pretty cool guys as company!!


Love the second shot of us to, we look like we are in unison... LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT..... :shock:
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby stepbystep » Sat 27 Nov, 2010 7:55 pm

Great pics from a great trip MJD.....
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby north-north-west » Thu 10 Apr, 2014 9:40 am

If that rock Martin's on is the highest point of Bonds, it looks like a fairly straightforward scramble. Or is there a nastier and higher bit up there?
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby stepbystep » Thu 10 Apr, 2014 10:48 am

north-north-west wrote:If that rock Martin's on is the highest point of Bonds, it looks like a fairly straightforward scramble. Or is there a nastier and higher bit up there?

It's straight forward enough. Slip and you're dead though.

I look forward to your report :)
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby north-north-west » Thu 10 Apr, 2014 12:07 pm

Don't hold your breath. It may not happen until next summer.
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby Geevesy » Sun 21 Feb, 2021 10:26 am

Just wanted to re-hash this thread as I am thinking of attempting this circuit soon.

Sounds like it is a longish day from the Denison Range to Stepped Hills, this is the part I am most wary of - I don't think this area was burnt in 2019 or not?

I was thinking of doing something like:
1. Rhona via normal route
2. Return trip to Bonds Craig, head south along the range and camp near the saddle leading onto Stepped Hills
3. Out to Stepped Hills then over to Mt Wright
4. Out

I'm a bit worried about water for nights 2 and 3 - looks like there are some creeks in that saddle, and a decent tarn on Wright, not sure how permanent that would be?

Also I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts about Bonds Craig and getting south in a day, or whether this is better of done as a day walk from Rhona.
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby north-north-west » Sun 21 Feb, 2021 12:15 pm

Depends how fast you are.
There were small pools and soaks along the ridge that were easy enough to find. Water wasn't an issue (except the rain that hit after Stepped Hills summit). I did this route but took a bit longer:
1: Late start after driving in. Richea Creek over river to junction with old Rasselas Track.
2. Rhona with afternoon trip up Reeds and an insane descent down the gully.
3. Great Dome, sidetrip to Bonds, south along the ridge.
4. Continue sth, sidetrip to Stepped Hills, find water, camp on ridge connecting to Wright when weather went off. Would probably have made it to Wright otherwise.
5. Over Wright and out.

You'll be fine. The ridge is mostly open, some patches of light scrub. Regrowth maybe a little awkward sometimes but not seriously so.
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby Geevesy » Mon 22 Feb, 2021 11:01 am

north-north-west wrote:Depends how fast you are.


That would have a fair bit to do with it yeah!

Thanks for the advice re water and your camping locations - we'll see how the go!
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Re: Denison Range - Stepped Hills - Mt Wright (Part II)

Postby stepbystep » Mon 22 Feb, 2021 12:27 pm

I reckon your best bet is Day 1 into Rhona, day 2 take full pack up to the ridge - side trip to Bonds - camp on ridge/Great Dome. Day 3 out to Stepped Hills summit area (incident feed fire maps show much of the ridge was affected- not sure in reality). Day 4 over to Wright summit. Day 5 you'll be at the Possum Shed for lunch!
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