J and I decide to tackle Mt. Giles! It’s a three day backpacking trek starting on a designated trail at the Ormiston Pound walk, then diverging from the trail, crossing the pound and circling south of the mountain, up, down, and back all with no trail. Apparently, less than 7 walking parties summit per year. J does a whole lot of topography research and chatting with people about best routes, and off we go! Except we have to do it in 2 days instead of 3, because we have to get back to work. Hm.
Entering Ormiston Pound. Mt. Giles off to the right, but we didn’t get there for another 4 hours. A “pound” has been described as “what would happen if God had a mallet and went around pounding things” – a very large, very flat area surrounded by ridges, cliffs and mountains.
Pounding it in the pound. In the background is spinifex, a type of grass categorized into two groups – those which are hard and spiky enough to puncture the skin and those which aren’t, but will still scratch, poke, and thorn. It was rough going for awhile there.
Cool water-worn rocks. We camped in a dry riverbed at the base of the mountain and enjoyed a sunset and some stars, then took off for the summit in the morning.
View from the summit looking back at the pound.
The descent was pretty steep, too. It took us about 2 hours up, 3 hours down. We then ate lunch at our campsite and set of on day 3 – the return trek of everything we’d done on day 1. Oof.
Walking out through Ormiston Gorge as the sun was setting after a long slog of a day. Rocks actual color.
Love and adventures!!
C and J