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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…

Woods Quoin

19 September 2017 On arrival at the start spot for the walk we could not but notice the sign saying no entry, which caused some concern. The house opposite had smoke from the chimney, but no one was there. Next was to drive back to where we saw two people working at a farm, but that didn’t provide all that much helpful information.
Our decision was to park at a wide roadside verge at a crest and walk to Woods Quoin from there. It did entail hopping over a couple of fences on the way. It was a steady up then once close to the rocky parts the going got steeper, until a ridge was reached with a pleasant but short section along to the trig on the summit.

The walk in had been in briskly strong and cold wind and it was good to be in shelter on top for an early lunch. When the sun was out conditions were agreeable, but at one stage light snow drifted over. The trig is an impressive old-style rock construction and is on a small speck of crown land surrounded by private property.
Our return route …

Gunners Quoin Risdon Hills

Tuesday 12 September 2017 This was supposed to be a walk to Fryingpan Hills, but the imminent arrival of showers persuaded us the eastern shore would be a more congenial area. Although Gunners Quoin was the destination, the route to get there was quite different from the usual way. Part way along the way we branched off and headed to the high hilltops and once there we were able to have the pleasure of walking over flat open woodland before arcing towards Gunners. 

By now we had picked up a rough vehicle track which wound through country with a dense low understory with masses of Epacris; unfortunately, not yet flowering apart from a few exceptions.
After Gunners Quoin we ventured out to Madmans Hill, where the first drops of rain commenced. Down to Saggy Flats where more consistent, but nevertheless light, rain began falling. It had more of less stopped by the time we reached the car. During the last leg, we encountered a great many wallaby beside the track above the dam.

Distance 17.2  …