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Strickland Springs Circuit June 2022

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Monday 27 June 2022 Started at Strickland Falls but some were hesitant to cross creek and used the Rivulet and Stumpside tracks to get to the Lower Sawmill track. From there to Sphinx Rock, Lenah Valley track with lunch at the Lost Freight. Back down using Fingerpost track to Bracken Lane and O'Gradys Falls and Rivulet Track back to cars. The uphill for the longer way was almost 2 hours and 5.5k, adding an extra 23m and 1.5k to the more direct way. The return was 3.34k and took 1hour. Lunch at The Springs Photo Dave Tucker On Lower Sawmill Track  

Madmans Hill

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Monday 13 June 2022 It was the first really good day after a run of wet and windy weather making it good to be able to make good use of the day. Walked on track and over some pleasant, wooded country around the end of the deep gullies of the area. From timer to time good views of a snow capped kunanyi came into view.  Grasstrees Large eucalypt Snow capped kunanyi Gunners Quoin from Saggy Flats Saggy Flats Walk profile      

Mount Direction Plateau

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Tuesday 24 May 2022 A cool start with the breeze off Risdon Brook dam, but that soon changed once into the bushland the steep climb up and along the slope of Mount Direction. The summit area was bypassed, and we headed north out to the plateau where a circuit of the open terrain was made. On return we ascended to the top of Mount Direction for lunch before walking down the steep track to the dam. It remained a warm and sunny day, but what seemed like a smoke haze was noticeable. There is a photo album here.     Plateau viewed from Mount direction simmit Plateau north of Mount Direction On lower plateau              

Snake Mountain

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17 May 2022 Starting from Derwent Estate vineyard the walk followed the fire trail along Nassau Spur to Snake Mountain, although we missed a bend and for a short while were off it. It was dry and rocky with attractive Eucalypt, probably tenuramis and often grows on mudstone which seemed likely to be what we were walking over. Part way along the spur substantial cliffs could be seen on the opposite side of the valley. Lunch was just beyond Snake Mountain in as best a spot that could be found away from the cold breeze. Unfortunately the sun disappeared behind cloud and light showers could be seen in the distance, however they avoided our spot. The walk continued on down a bulldozed old track to the cars, left here for the purpose of avoiding a road walk. Once back at the vineyard we enjoyed a coffee on the now sunny veranda and many of us decided to buy a bottle or two of wine.   Party on track down Cliffs opposite Nassau Spur Dry country Eucalypts  Nassau Spur  E tenuramis More

Mawson Plateau

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Thursday 14 April 2022 The area below Mount Mawson is a very pleasant spot.   It is reached from Wombat Moor using the track to Lake Belcher to the saddle.   Often the track is wet with bogs, but although it was good in parts following the dry summer, there were still several quite wet and boggy lengths. On arrival at the saddle we then ascended, over a much more bouldery country than was remembered.   It was cloudy with just the hint of sun and quite pleasant walking. Our exit from the plateau was at the ski field and down to Lake Dobson.   That left close to a 2k walk along the road to the car at Wombat Moor.     A photo album is online   End of Wombat Moor Rock fractures Pool Mawson Plateau Lakes Belton and Belcher      

Mount Field East

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Thursday 10 March 2022 The day started with perfect weather and remained fine all day, but the clear sky succumbed to cloudy patches by the time Lake Nicholls was reached and gradually it became predominantly cloudy. Some climbed Mount Field East and others continued on to the carpark at Lake Fenton, where we had left two cars to save walking back to the lake Nicholls carpark. A side item with this walk was to check the track counters as it was close to 12 months since the last reading. The numbers of walkers on the tracks for the 12 months was 1311 with a daily average of 3.7. There is a table here.   Beatties Tarn Bush on track between Beatties Tarn and Lake Nicholls Windy Moor from Mount Field East There is a photo album online