Mt Solitary Walk - 13 - 15 April 2013

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Also - I have place three panoramas taken from Mt Solitary on their own pages - view south from Melvilles Lookout, view east from the Col, another view south

I spent three days on a solo walk out to Mt Solitary and back from Katoomba. I intended to walk down the Furber Stairs - but they were closed off due to helicopter work - so I walked along to Echo Point and descended the Giants Staircase instead. I then walked along Federal Pass to the landslide and continued on to Mt Solitary.

Above - Katoomba Cascades - above Katoomba Falls

Above - The first of the Three Sisters and Mt Solitary behind

Above - old turpentine - Federal Pass

Above - small waterfall

Above - view from a lookout near the outlet of Chinamans Gully - Mt Solitary

Above - view south from Melvilles Lookout

Above - view from a vantage point on the northern cliffline

Above - view north from my campsite at Singa-Jingawell Creek

Above - the Three Sisters

Above - Sublime Point

Above - dusk - the Girdle of Venus

Above - evening stars

Above - pre-dawn, at 5:18am - the planet Mercury (the brightest object) and about 3cm to the right at the same level - Comet Lemon - a green dot with the hint of a tail. The light comes from Sydney. It was too dark to see the clouds and the comet with the naked eye.

Above - valley mist - Jamison Valley. The mist rolled in about 5:30am and then rolled back out - by sunrise.

Above - this lyrebird was foraging around the campsite

Above - view from The Col - on the east side of Mt Solitary

Above - campcave above Singa-Jingawell Creek. This nice cave was about 20m above the creek level and about 200m downstream from the main campsite. Back in the 1970's I can remember camping a few times in a cave in Singa-Jingawell Creek - I don't think it was this one. I think it was much closer to the creekbed. Perhaps further downstream?

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