Ascent of Mount Gibraltar on 2015-03-16

Climber: Geoffrey Sarna

Others in Party:dad and brother
John & John
Date:Monday, March 16, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Mount Gibraltar
    Location:Australia-New South Wales
    Elevation:2835 ft / 864 m

Ascent Trip Report

from dad's report: Trying to drive to the top of Mt. Alexandra, locals directed me to a road up Mount Gibraltar, there apparently being no road up Alexandra. Running out of time, and liking the name better, I continued up Oxley Road to find Mt. Gibraltar not far from a Roadside Bay (where cars can pull off the road). I continued a short distance to park near a dirt spur road and walked east on it to a set of microwave towers visible from Oxley Road. After a maintenance crew tried to direct me further down Oxley to find the top, I walked about 30 meters over to where the trig point was identified on the map I later found at the Roadside Bay. There in the brush, I and my sons found the highest boulder or two or three, one involving a Class 3 move, and stood on each. The maintenance men ignored us, maybe because it's public land, but maybe because it's customary. I then drove back to the roadside Bay to check out views of the surrounding countryside (well worth it), also finding the map of the area on a board identifying the trig point. We returned to the highest boulders to ensure we didn't miss any, my sons deciding to race me through the brush, while I drove to the top from the Roadside Bay. That's why my GPS route shows a couple passes to the top. Not needing to go back down the way we came up, we continued on Oxley Road toward our next destination, Fitzroy Falls, which rivals Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Trailhead:Oxley Road near Microwave Towers  2805 ft / 854 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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