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

PostPosted: Sat 27 Nov, 2010 6:52 pm
by MJD
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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PostPosted: Sat 27 Nov, 2010 6:57 pm
by MJD
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PostPosted: Sat 27 Nov, 2010 7:02 pm
by MJD
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PostPosted: Sat 27 Nov, 2010 7:06 pm
by MJD
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PostPosted: Sat 27 Nov, 2010 7:10 pm
by ILUVSWTAS
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:

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

PostPosted: Sat 27 Nov, 2010 7:55 pm
by stepbystep
Great pics from a great trip MJD.....

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

PostPosted: Thu 10 Apr, 2014 9:40 am
by north-north-west
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?

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

PostPosted: Thu 10 Apr, 2014 10:48 am
by stepbystep
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 :)

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

PostPosted: Thu 10 Apr, 2014 12:07 pm
by north-north-west
Don't hold your breath. It may not happen until next summer.

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

PostPosted: Sun 21 Feb, 2021 10:26 am
by Geevesy
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.

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

PostPosted: Sun 21 Feb, 2021 12:15 pm
by north-north-west
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.

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

PostPosted: Mon 22 Feb, 2021 11:01 am
by Geevesy
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!

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

PostPosted: Mon 22 Feb, 2021 12:27 pm
by stepbystep
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!