Lost World Mount Arthur

Tuesday 14 November 2017 Quite a hot day, but it wasn’t until we got down to lower altitudes in the afternoon that it was particularly noticeable.  Nevertheless, we sweated a good deal from the start of the walk.
Once above the sandstone cliffs on the Old Hobartian track the golden rosemary and cheeseberries were in abundance and delightful. It was good to reach the Lost World as that signalled the end of the up for a while and a break for lunch. First though we explored a fissure in the boulders and worked a way into an underground cavern, but a torch would be needed to explore further and probably a rope ladder.

Lunchtime entertainment was watching rock climber attempt to scale a cliff, but he hadn’t made it to the top by the time we departed. On reaching the road the choice made was to walk on it to the Chalet and the track then followed down to the carpark. Before doing so an old track was visited where it crossed a scree, thanks to Alan knowing about it.

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Shadow Lake 2016

12-14 April 2016
We had a few days kept free for a walk and, as it was the first one for Sue since her eye troubles, we decided not to overdo the April  pack carrying by choosing Shadow lake as the camping location. It was most satisfying that the weather was predicted to be really good giving us encouragement to go. On the drive to Lake St Clair we made a few geocaching diversions and then set off after lunch for Shadow Lake. The weather went as predicted and our middle day was just superb as was the scenery during a circuit walk of Mount Rufus. The valley from Shadow Lake to the Hugely Rufus saddle is wonderful and made all the more so in sunny calm conditions. The circuit took 6:30 hours for the 13.7k and we did think that the trees grown since the devastating fires of the 1960’s were now big enough to hide a lot of the dead stuff of which some trunks would also now have fallen. The walk through the forest on the connecting track brought us past a huge and impressive eucalypt. …

Lake Skinner

Friday 27 October 2017
This trip was the first time on the upgraded track to Lake Skinner and the wet and muddy spots now have timber to cross over them.  It is a mixture of long vertical split logs and short split log cording put down sideways; a traditional method used by Environment Tasmania when the organisation did the upgrade in 2015. Despite now being able to avoid the mud, we took longer than before get to lake Skinner.  However, the day was pleasantly warm and sunny very little wind and the forest was delightful. Lake Skinner consequently was about as nice as it gets. One irritant was a party of young people who brought a dog with them, which of course is not permitted. As we departed the dog must have seen us and barked loudly, giving both of us quite a startle.

Time in 2h Time out 1:45
Distance 3.5k each way  total 7k

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Pinestone Valley 2017

15 - 18 October 2017
It now takes a bit longer to get to Pinestone Valley than once and I feel sure it that is somewhat more tiring as well.  Nevertheless, the destination was reached.
The track up from arm River now winds its way up via a series of zig zags, making for a much less steep ascent.  The track into the valley under Mount Pillinger was used and we climbed the mountain on the way through to a camp at Wurragarra Creek. It was calm and sunny and there was an added privilege to see an eagle at close range.  The route up was different from my memory as it goes up to a plateau on the eastern side and I had walked across it from Lake McCoy in 2013 and wondered why we came upon a pad and a sawn log; not realising it was the actual Pillinger track.
In fine weather we left Wurragarra soon after 8AM and made it down to Pelion hut, disturbing two Tiger Snakes on the way; our third for trip so far.  However, we were all found it an effort getting to Pelion Gap and were pleased to get ther…

The Day I Lost Sue and Christine

Heathy Hills Tuesday 10 October 2017 This was my third trip to Heathy Hills and after visiting the arch the plan was to work a way to the top of the ridge on the south side of the cliff and cave lined valley.
Crossing the Jordan River wasn’t expected to be a problem, but on arrival on the banks, I was reminded that I hadn’t told people they had to make a river crossing. Sue and Christine found the best way over whilst Neville decided to go over bare foot.
All went to plan until just before reaching the arch, at which point Neville and I headed directly up whilst Dave followed some markers leading to the other side of the arch area. Sue and Christine decided to follow Dave, then decided the way we went did look better.  But I didn’t look back and was unaware of this, at the time I turned sharply to the right to arrive at the arch a few minutes later. It was soon after Dave arrived that we realized that Sue and Christine were nowhere in sight and despite our calling out, there was no respo…

Caves Hill Oct 2017

Sunday 1 October 2017

This is a half day walk and we varied it from the previous visit.  Still up the reasonably new contouring ascent track, which still ends at a steep 4wd below Caves Hill.  Instead of climbing from Seager Saddle we followed the rough vehicle track to the saddle on the east side followed by the short ascent to the top from there.

After a wander about the cliffs it was down the eroding track on the south side to join Faggs Gully and on to complete the loop.

Distance:  7.07 km     Average speed: 2.93 km/h     Avg. moving speed:   3.13 km/h Total ascent:   307 m             Total descent: 316 m             
Total time:      2:24:49.0         Moving time:  2:14:37.0

Fryingpan Hills Illa Cliffs

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Many years ago, I went on a walk with Dave Tucker to Fryingpan Hills and just over 10 years ago went to Mount Charles via Midsky Swamp. When viewed from Gumtop Ridge the cliffs at the edge of the hills look most spectacular and this was the attraction in going there on this walk.

Initially is was uphill along a 4wd track, followed by a dip to a creek and a climb back up to finish at the clifftop. The last 200 metres was through bush after leaving the track and soon dryer vegetation was reached on the sloping land taking us down to the cliff edge. An easy way was found ending in a severe drop at the clifftop.  It was quite advantageous as it was one of better spots for views and, with the sun out made it enticing to stop for quite a while and take an early lunch.  

We had followed the track from Denis of Hiking South East Tasmania blog and judging by his photos we reached the same spot. Getting down to below the large cliffs would have been difficult but probably…