Got my monthly hike in to start 2022! Dumgoyne is a prominent little hill in the Campsie’s and something I’ve had on my list to get after on one of my hiking days. It isn’t really very high (427M/1400 ft), but it looks pretty cool on a clear day and is also just really accessible which was the main criteria for me for a January walk whilst recovering from COVID.
It wasn’t clear on the day I went, I wasn’t able to get started until almost 2 in the afternoon, I was just 6 days past COVID (testing negative but had no stamina), and I didn’t make it all the way to Dumgoyne as a result, BUT, I did climb a pretty steep hill right next to it that was just as high (altimeter shows I got to 468M/1537 feet).
I was pretty proud of getting up that one all things considered. It was a lot steeper than it looks. The view off this sheer drop at the top shows how high it was (and my breathing gives some idea of how strenuous that ascent was).
The walk back through the misty backside of the hill was super quiet and tranquil, making the ascent worth every bit of effort.
Hiking in the Campsies, especially in winter, is done mostly in the clouds. Everything has some moisture on it.
Here is the full route:Download file for GPS
Here is my Garmin tracker from the hike:
Good start to the year, now off to plan something new for February. 🤔