Jinny Brother Walk Report
The Geehi Bushwalking Club had 20 members tackle a climb up a local mountain known as Jinny Brother, which is on private property, on Saturday 11 July 2020. Members met in the Cooma North Shops car park (socially distancing…) for a briefing before driving south for half an hour down the Myalla Road. The day was chilly with an icy south wind following a frosty start but the sun and the climb soon had us warmed up.
After a short local history introduction the walk commenced across open basalt grasslands, gradually becoming steeper as we climbed the 237 metre ascent. Scattered snow gums and acacias interspersed with the prickly native gruggly bush dotted the rocky slopes of the extinct volcano as the going got steeper. Stunning 360 degree views from the summit revealed a hill known as The Peak to the east and the three Brothers to the north with the Main Range snowfields for a backdrop westwards rewarding the walkers’ hard efforts, as they enjoyed morning tea.
The nearer landscape is recovering from the recent severe drought whilst the untouched beauty and harshness of the treeless Monaro Plains gave a feeling of what the original settlers must have faced. The walkers were back at the cars in good time to return to Cooma for lunch and to beat the incoming rough weather. This was one of the club’s shorter walks but worked out well with the short winter day.