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Lichen Hill 2017

Tuesday 16 May 2017
With the ever decreasing daylight at this time of year, it was good to be back in Hobart before darkness descended. This a bonus as it is not pleasant driving the Sorell to Cambridge section with a host of headlights whizzing towards you. This even after stopping for a coffee.

We went up Pirates and Plateau roads with the vehicle and could have driven to the start of the walk as the barrier was not in use and the final bit of road quite reasonable.
The walk only has a gentle climb or two and was pleasant. The country lived up to its name with much lichen accompanied by patches of fungi. The last little bit from the junction with Balts Spur track and Tatnells Hill was overgrown. It was on Tatnells for lunch with good views although it somewhat cloudy.

It took a shade over two hours each way for the11k return distance. In hindsight, we could have reduced 2k from this by driving along the last bit of road to the track start.
Most of the walk is with Tasman National Park o…

Plunkett Point Lime Bay

Thursday 11 May 2017
A most pleasant walk along the coast between the convict coal mine settlement and Lime Bay. As there was six of us it allowed for a car shuffle to save making a walk along the road back to the starting point. Light but quite wetting showers were met on the drive down to Tasman Peninsula, but it was fine if mostly cloudy where the walk took place. The wind was cool and from the south east but the bush was thick enough to block it. Lunch was at Monk Bay and good fortune brought the sun out for the duration before it disappeared behind cloud again.  The conditions for the last half of the walk at least made it easy to see how clear the water along the coast was. During the walk the number of little diggings on and beside the track was most noticeable and hopefully it is indicative of a healthy native animal population; possibly many by Bandicoots. The Fishlips café at Taranna was open and was good for a coffee.
The walk was 9.6k and with lunch took 3:40

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Mount Field East April 2017

Saturday 22 April 2017

Originally the walk was to be on Sunday 23rd but the forecast was not good. The alpine area of Mount Field is somewhat unpleasant in poor weather and I am also mindful that several people who have booked have limited experience and are not necessarily equipped for bad weather. On the other hand, it looked better for the Saturday and so that is when the walk went.   It did mean that some people couldn’t make it, but it was either go on Saturday or cancel the walk. It was misty all day although were never clouded in. Beatties Tarn was the first stop and like Lake Nicholls soon after was very calm.  A noticeable ascent followed to the edge of Windy Moor and then the short level crossing to the foot of Mount Field East.  Three of us climbed to the summit, whilst Greg added a sign at the junction.  The Friends of Mount Field are placing signs at all the junctions to help walkers and Greg had joined us for this purpose as it is safer to have another person there in case…

South Wellington Plateau

Wednesday 19 April 2017

The weather was great, making it extra pleasant especially once off the track, where we had the whole of the plateau to ourselves. The snow gums, bushes and tarns all looked splendid. 

South Wellington 2017
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Sphinx Cousin

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Some years ago, I climbed on to the top of a sandstone monolith just below Sphinx Rock, which I am dubbing Sphinx Cousin as there are a lot of similarities. Anyway, I was there again a few weeks ago, and thought it would be good to return to re-explore the spot. The walk went up the Cascade track to the spot where a creek joined Guy Fawkes Rivulet.  There is a rough but clearly visible track ending here, but I could not locate it and we eventually ended up on Main Fire Trail.  On revisiting the map, I discovered that the correct route did start at the crossing but turned up more to the right, rather than go uphill left.
Middle Track was used, going past old hut ruins to the Lenah Valley Track; quite a continuous uphill climb. Once at Sphinx Cousin I lead the way up a little gully to top out in thick scrub. The small open area was eventually reached and a good lunch spot is was too.  Neville suggested returning via the quite short bit of bush to the base of Sphin…

Lakes Perry and Osborne

Superb Waratahs Monday 19 December 2016

The weather was good the forecast not so for later days that week, so the 19th was it. 

The Waratah were at peak flowering and as good as I have ever seen;  a real delight.

It was a shortish morning walk although the track from Osborne to Perry is not high class, in fact I heard of someone recently not being able to find it. Some prior GPS readings helped locate the old and very muddy old track between Osborne and Perry.

On returning a  BBQ lunch was enjoyed  at Waratah Shelter in the sun

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Yellow Cliffs 2017

Spectacular Cliffs Tuesday 31 January 2017
Our most pressing matter before departing was locating the key to close Nigel’s back car window, which fortunately Neville found in the grass. A little over an hour later we arrived at Glen Dhu Rivulet and after a break started the Yellow Cliffs leg.
Initially we found ourselves too high, although this did provide very good views of Yellow Cliffs. On descending stinging nettles provided an unpleasant effect to the unwary; I could still feel the effects from touching against them at 5PM; perhaps I am a bit sensitive to nettles nowadays. Once underneath it was spectacular walking with constant views of the huge cliffs, overhangs and various rock features.
Surprisingly there were occasional tapes marking route for part of the way. After some 450 metres a point was reached that presented a few difficulties and lunch was called. Although it seemed feasible to access the next level up, we decided it best to return by the inward route. It had taken a…

Yellow cliffs 2015

Wrote this after the walk in 2015 but forgot to post at the time
Tuesday 8 September 2015 Several years ago when a trip to Yellow Cliffs was discussed there was a suggestion of tackling it from Glen Dhu Road, but the conventional approach from Myrtle Forest was chosen. On that trip we actually missed the cliffs because we found a good way up and then realised we had bypassed the cliffs. The plan was to go out via the plateau, Gumtop Ridge and Ringwood fire trail and that part of the walk was achieved. Today a drizzle persisted in the early morning but it was better up Glen Dhu Road, but what confronted us was a short steep descent to the rivulet followed by a very steep ascent to the cliff line about 300m above. The last part of the road became narrow and slippery and we decided to drive to the end to turn round. A timber residence was perched up the slope and it was decided to knock on the door to seek permission to cross the land; however it seemed no one was home. Further back at t…

Mount Hull Loop

Tuesday 24 January

Most of the walk was on fire trails, until turning off for the section up and over Mount Hull. It was debated whether we ascend Hull from the northern side and descend to the saddle on the southern end.  The only advantage to that way would be if it was decided to continue the prominent knoll further south, involving an addition 500 metres of walking each way.

The decision was to tackle Hull from the south and that may have given us the advantage of seeing what is known as Leamans Knob. By going the reverse could easily have meant that it was bypassed without being noticed.

The route up that we took had several cairns and sometimes tape and was reasonable walking terrain. The summit plateau has several flat rocky areas that make attractive gaps in the bush, one of which we had lunch on.  Unfortunately, one of these also had a lot of healthy Erica, most of which got pulled out, but a few big ones remain.

We walked a bit over 1k looking for the rock tor, known as Lea…

Mount Wellington - Pinnacle & Sawmill Circuit

Pleasant morning with plenty of Christmas Bush (Prostanthera lasianthos) and Cheeseberry (Cyathodes glauca) on display. Went down Sawmill to the large sandstone monolith below Sphinx Rock and also walked under the cliffs of the latter. Took 3 ½ hours with morning break and lunch

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