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Mother Cummings Peak Sat. 25th August 2018

We are pleased to announce that the vacant spot on our walks calendar has been filled with a short but energetic trip to Mother Cummings Peak. We have decided to make this walk a focus for teenagers who took part in the February Bush N' Biscuits camping trip to the Scout Hut at Cradle Mt, but it will still be open to other walkers. Note that this means a different meeting place in Launceston. This means, however, that we will try to keep the walk at a pace more suited to young people, so if you are very slow on steep and rocky tracks that are not well-formed, this may not be the best walk for you. Parts of the track also follow a watercourse, so wet feet are likely!
The walk itself is not particularly long - basically, a steep climb over 1 km of 300 metres altitude starting from the 900 metre contour at the end of Scotts Road, followed by a more leisurely meandering around the plateau of Mother Cummings Head (distinct from the more prominent but lower northern peak) - a plateau somewhat isolated from the main central plateau due to the precipitous drop to the Meander Valley on the south and Mother Cummings Rivulet to the west. On a clear day, it offers spectacular views in all directions. Total walk distance will depend on the day - a 2-3 km circuit of the top if weather is suitable, plus the 1 km each way for the steep section. The walk, rated medium, should be fine for energetic children who don't mind the steep, rocky conditions.

Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone Basil Tkaczuk on 6331 1155 or 048 664 402. The departure time is 8:45 am from Barneys Church - 17a Georgetown Road, Newnham (at the junction of Alanvale Rd). Alternative meeting place: Deloraine 9:20 am. Check with leader for meeting spot. If you wish to meet with the group at any other place, please arrange with the leader.  Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of departure time. However, you still need to contact the walk leader, if intending to walk. The leader should be notified of any other people you intend to bring along. Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of departure time.

To access this area from northern Tasmania: From Launceston, head towards Deloraine on the Bass Highway (50 km) and take the first (eastern) turn from the highway into Deloraine. Continue into the town and turn left immediately before the bridge (meeting place - see above).
From Deloraine, head south along the "Lake Highway" - now Highland Lakes Rd. (but the first bit may be called Meander Rd!). Make sure you stay on Meander Rd and go straight ahead (DON'T turn left) at 7 km from Deloraine, where there is a signposted junction for Highland Lakes Rd. Continue a further 9 km to Meander and continue through the town. After about 6 km, the road swings right. The turnoff for Scotts Rd is a little under 2 km further on the right, and marked by a sign indicating a lookout. Follow Scotts Rd about 5 km to the carpark at the end where the track begins. Note that Scotts Rd is bumpy in places - passable for 2WD vehicles with reasonable clearance – a couple of fallen trees angled over the road, but high enough to drive under. A few bumpy bits, potholes, and a couple of bigger puddles (but solid under the water).

Warnings:
  The following codes [from our 2018 walks calendar] apply:
     S    Steep incline for at least part of the way
     M    Marshy or muddy sections be prepared to walk with wet feet.
    E     Exposed alpine conditions ; can be dangerous in poor weather if not adequately equipped.

Walkers are advised to wear strong shoes or boots. Gaiters are recommended. You should always carry wet weather gear as well as warm clothing including gloves and beanies in case of sudden weather changes. The destination of this walk is above 1000 metres altitude, and can be very exposed if the weather turns bad. Be prepared!
Winter bushwalking can be dangerous in poor weather if not adequately equipped; see http://bootsnall.sutas.org.au/Pages/Equipment_Safety.htm for some guidelines.

Map details for Mother Cummings area:
1:100000 map is Meander (Tasmap 8214) and 1:25000 map is Quamby Brook (Tasmap 4638)
Map references:
Short ref. 618854
Mother Cummings Peak (Head):
Zone      Easting        Northing    Latitude     Longitude
55G      4 61 905      53 85 630 -41.68019  146.54230 

Mother Cummings Head (which we will visit) is worth 1 peakbagger point. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be downloaded (Excel) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.

GPX version of the track: Click here to download. Google Earth version of the track: Click here to download.
Right-click on the file and save target as to a location of your choice. (Suggest you click the Last modified at top to sort by date to get the most recent at top to find the file for the next walk).