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For years I have wanted to climb to the top of Sentry Box Mountain. Mr Winglen and I came up this valley for the first time about 20 years ago, looking to climb Gudgenby, surely everyone's favourite mountain. On that visit we had to give up before we even got close to Gudgenby, defeated by a day of heavy rain.
Then several years later on a trip around the back road from Adaminaby through the Yaouk valley my fascination turned to Sentry Box. From the road you get a great view of the prominent square rock that gives the mountain its name. In fact the mountain is two peaks, the higher being Sentry Box Mountain while Sentry Box Rock crowns the second peak.
The views from this mountain top are something to behold, and this peak deserves a cache. It is almost a spiritual experience to come here and explore the boulders and spectacular curving rock faces. From either summit you can see the Main Range (Kosciuszko National Park) and one of the best distant views of Mt Jagungal to be seen. The view to nearby Gudgenby is breathtaking, and many other ACT peaks are there on display.
To reach the summit of Sentry Box mountain we rode about 7km along a good quality fire trail up the Naas Valley. This is an easy ride and can be done in less than a hour. There is no easy route up the mountain, as it is all upwards (obviously). We did our research on maps and Google Earth, marking a series of way points as a guide for our route up the mountain. The undergrowth is not dense because this part of Namadgi did not burn in the 2003 bushfires. There are, however, a lot of fallen trees to be climbed over. Allow yourself the full day to do this cache if you also decide to do its partner by Sentry Box rock itself. To locate the cache you must enter our rocky grotto, and don't forget to take the spoiler photos.
You MUST come prepared with a jacket, hat, plenty of water and a map or GPS with mapping capability. The appropriate map is Yaouk 1:25 000.
Our cache was placed in the company of McPhan who came along for the walk, and will log a find after the FTF. We had an exhilarating day in a superb location, and want others to enjoy this place. For the FTF we have left a small novelty gift, based on the expectation that the FTF will be male and over forty (if you're not, then I'll enjoy the surprise). If you like the item in the zip lock bag, consider it/them yours.
(No hints available.)