VK7/NE-001 – Legges Tor – 16 April 2015

On school holidays on the East Coast of VK7 and we decided to take advantage of the brilliant Autumnal weather and activate some summits that are normally covered in snow.

Legges Tor is on the Northern end of the Ben Lomond plateau and is directly above the ski fields of Ben Lomond. From the number of Chateaus, buildings, ski tows and poms this must be a thriving recreational snow field in winter.

To get there we were coming from Bicheno – headed up St Mary’s Pass to the township of St Mary’s, continue to Fingal and turn off in the middle of Fingal on the road to Mathinna.

At the T junction in Mathinna continue on the Upper Esk road turning onto Gunns road over Roses Tier (this road is a shocker – corrugation city) to the Upper Blessington road and then Blessington road and you come to the turn-off for the Ben Lomond National Park. Head up this road for 14km which includes the infamous Jacobs Ladder zig zag road near the top. All these roads are two wheel drive tracks – although Jacobs Ladder in winter is a “chains-only” track!

The infamous Jacobs Ladder.

The infamous Jacobs Ladder (pic by Reu).

At the top the road flattens out and head up to the ski village. About one km before the village there is a sign on the side of the road to Legges Tor. This track is a gentle climb through alpine vegetation and is marked with snow poles and cairns most of the way.

Start of the Legges Tor track from the road. This track is less steep than the ski fields track.

Start of the Legges Tor track from the road. This track is less steep than the ski fields track.

There are private Alpine huts dotted all along this track toward the top.

One of the many private cabins dotted across the mountain.

One of the many private cabins dotted across the mountain.

The walk to the summit from the road took about an hour and a quarter whereas the walk up from the ski village is steeper and takes about 45m. Once on top we set up the squid pole – plenty of dolerite boulders to wedge it between and started operating. There was light wind and the weather was spectacular.

Reu VK7FREU activating Legges Tor. Summit cairn on right and XYL Helen on left having a rest.

Reu VK7FREU activating Legges Tor. Summit cairn on right and XYL Helen on left having a rest.

We struggled a little to make the four contacts and moved to a few different frequencies but given it was in the middle of the day on a Thursday we were not surprised. We both made 5-6 contacts and then headed back.

In a GPS driven world this is a special place!!

In a GPS driven world this is a special place!!

Reu and Helen taking the faster and steeper track back to the village and myself back-tracking to the van and drove back to the village to pick them up.

A reminder we are in an alpine region which has snow on it for much of the year.

A reminder we are in an alpine region which has snow on it for much of the year.

We drove back down Jacobs Ladder and up the road to Camden Rd for our next summit – Mt Barrow.

Spectacular Jurassic dolerite cliffs.

Spectacular Jurassic dolerite cliffs. (photo by Reu)

Thanks to all who made contact with us.

73, Justin, VK7TW

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