Mackintosh Knob, 03-04 September 2016
Myriam AIon Apr 26
We went there last week end and attempted to climb up to george saddle via the right side . We decided to turn back, it was steep and slippery (loose rocks). I wander if anybody tempted it
Nina Dickerhofon Apr 26
No sorry Myriam, but it looks great! Have a good trip if you end up going there.
Myriam AIon Apr 26
did you guys ever try to go down by george saddle and come back via george stream?
Janey Thomason Sep 05
Ah, I see what you mean. Google Maps aerial view has a later capture of the terrain to WAMS. It does look scrubby and steep. Isn't always easy finding the right landowner, good to hear one of the farmers gave you access.
Your adventures are always of great interest to me as I’m a humble tramper and have not done much above the snowline (yet). And the photography is inspirational, we share the same camera - but I think you’ve mastered yours somewhat better!
Each time you create a new album, it’s a highlight for me and many others. Thank you :-)
Nina Dickerhofon Sep 04
Hi Janey! Thanks for your comment. I did check WAMS prior to the trip. The easiest way onto George Spur from George Stream requires crossing a bit of private land that is planted with pine trees. It's such a thin strip and marginal, I know. But everywhere else looked rather unpleasant. The farmer on the other side of George Stream was very forthcoming letting us cross his land, but strongly advised against going up to the saddle at Pt 493m through the pine-tree section that is owned by someone who is apparently known for not wanting people up there. Admittedly, I hadn't rung the right farmer as the one I did ring gave me permission to access George Spur. When we got there and talked to the farmer I had rung on the north side of George Stream, it took a while to work out that he had given us permission to go along the ridge to George Saddle via Black Hill not to gain George Spur and that in fact he does not own the land on the other side of the stream.
Janey Thomason Sep 04
WAMS shows most of George Spur as being Conservation Land, accessed by George Stream. Gaining permission shouldn't be required at all since its not privately owned.