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Mount Alexandra

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Wed 28 – Fri 30 March 2012 As always the climb up 650 metres to Moonlight Flat is hard work . There is also the perception that you have reached the top when stepping up out of the forest to a heathy area only to discover there is another 15 minutes of climbing to go. Memory that Bullfrog Tarns is met just after the top are also knocked when it is another 500 metres further on before that well deserved break and water. The mud along the flat can mostly be avoided, but it becomes mighty hard to do so on the final approaches to Burn Creek. We did manage to get on a side pad that eventually ended but with scrub not hard to get through and by good luck did avoid the worst bits; not so on the return leg though. Just before the top of Hill One we wondered why the stepping stones were not appearing and when the pad we had been following petered out we realised that somehow we had missed a turn. I had a waypoint stored in the GPS so got it out and discovered we were only a few metres and a small…

Mount Field West

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Wednesday 1 February 2012
A few days prior to this walk the forecast was most favourable, but by the time arrived this had changed bit to indicate a somewhat cloudy day. In fact a lot of mist was hanging about and didn’t really clear much during the walk. Over the part over the high plateau of cushion plants to summit visibility was fairly low and of course only fleeting glimpses were had of any mountains in the distance. Still there was no rain and it was pleasant walking weather. There is a geocache near the summit which was an added bonus, for Adrian and myself. By one of those coincidences Greg K noticed it when previously visiting Field West and was the person who was first to find this cache even though completely unaware of geocaching. After we explained about the hobby it seemed that Greg was not convinced that geocaching had a much value as a recreation. It took us 4 hours to get to Field West including a morning tea break. Mountain Rocket
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