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Stairway To Heaven (In The Budawangs)
The cavernous cliffs of Cooyoyo – well spotted by Shaun – become our home for the evening. The overhang is a frozen stone wave and we sit in its embrace. The ground is layered and tiered creating a natural amphitheatre that positions us comfortably around the campfire.
Sunday, 25 May 2014
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Really great read and thanks for the share. I live in Canberra and plan to head there once the weather gets warmer. I’ve had a lot of problems finding a descent map to guide my trek through this area to reach the castle. Have you come across any maps? Also how well marked is the path and are the ropes to reach the submit included?
Thanks for your message. If you want to head into the Budawangs and climb the Castle then you’ll need at least this topographical map – LPI Corang 8927-3N 1:25000. I strongly recommend you study the maps beforehand and take them with you. Be sure to follow regular bushwalking risk mitigation including telling people where you are going, taking a PLB and so on.
In terms of markings, this is an off-track walk and so some reasonable navigation skills are required, however, as more people do this walk, they are leaving signs (e.g. cairns and markings) to give directions but I would not want to rely entirely on these. If you head into the Monolith Valley then you really need to be cautious as there are lots of false leads and it can be a bit of a maze.
In terms of ropes to get to the top of the Castle – yes, there are plenty that are already there, which have been left behind by other hikers. I’d keep one hand on the Rock and one hand on the rope… You just don’t know the quality of the ropes and whether they have degraded over time.
There is one section which did not have ropes when I did it but we had our own and we used them. However, I recently did the walk again and I’m not sure how but we must have taken a different route and avoided this part, which I found to be the hardest part requiring a head for heights.
Good luck in your research and planning. It’s a beautiful area. Enjoy.
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