Hyperlite Mountain Gear in the Jagungal Wilderness
Written by Dom Erbacher
Photography by Henry Smith
Opting for an anti-clockwise route, we set off along Round Mountain Trail with 3 days worth of food and some new products from Hyperlite Mountain Gear, all packed into the 3400 Junction Pack. For shelter we used the Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Lightweight Pyramid Shelter.
Roughly 14km from the trailhead, we reached Derschkos Hut. Stopping briefly to flick through the logbook and appreciate the stories, art and classic hiker humour found in every Kosciuszko Hut visitors book.
We found a cracking spot at the base of Mount Jagungal and wasted no time setting up camp for the night, hoping to reach the peak of Jagungal by sunset.
After setting up camp, we followed the scrubby 'trail' to the ridge and towards the summit.
An obligatory Jagungal snow-slide.
Reaching the trig right on golden hour, we enjoyed panoramic views of the Jagungal Wilderness and Australian Alps.
The temperature dropped with the sun as we began our descent at last light.
We'd hiked about 20km during the day on mostly empty stomachs. Running on empty, we decided to stop and cook dinner halfway down the mountain before making our way back to camp.
Early the next morning we woke to the sound of rain on the tent, eventually breaking camp in search of O'Keefes Hut.
With camp for the night yet to be determined, we continued around the circuit with Jagungal at our backs. Sighting late-season spawners as we crossed the Bogong Creek.
At dusk, we made camp by the Tumut River for our last night on the trail. Enjoying a hearty freeze-dried meal and nodding off after another decent day of hiking.
Following a relaxed start to the day we paced up and down the river for a while, sighting trout and kicking ourselves for not bringing a rod. Eventually, we made the crossing and trekked 4km uphill to the car park. Saying goodbye to another incredible high-country retreat.