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North Walls

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13-15 March 2019
Walls of Jerusalem

Delaying for 2 days meant we could take advantage of fine weather for the whole trip.A very beneficial move as it would be better such lovely conditions for walking in the high country.

After Trappers Hut we branched off through Golden Gate and past George Howes Lake to Tiger Lake for a view of Solitary Mans Hut. From there the route was over the gently flowing Fish River to Lake Nixon, where some thick scrub was encountered. Campsites weren’t as plentiful as I thought, but we had no problem finding a flat dry one.

North from there at a small reedy lake we turned east and followed a valley with a huge pine forested slope rising to Mersey Bluff.It was along here that I chanced to look behind me to find a Tiger snake beside my boot. It kept a watch on me as I quickly hopped away.

At the end of the valley we turned south and walked to Lake Wilson, through a gully where a barrier of scrub was eventually met. Lake Thor came into sight and we trudged up the V…

Cheyne Range 2004

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Saturday 9 - Wednesday 13 October 2004 We walked on the good track from Lake St Clair past Shadow Lake and up the rock scree of Little Hugel, before leaving the track behind as weheaded down through forest to the very headwaters of the Franklin River to camp.

A fine and beautiful Sunday was spent strolling through the gorgeous alpine valleys with tarns, pines, snow gums and lakes before climbing to the top of the Cheyne Range and a camp by a small lake with a foreshore of cushion plants backed by a ridge thick with pencil pines.

Although the next day started out fine it became windy and a high cloud crept in taking the sparkle out of the day.In fact the wind made it a little tricky getting over the boulders on top of the northern peak of Mt Gell.A scrubby ridge leads off Gell to a lake shaped roughly like a map of Australia where we arrived at 3PM and debated whether to go on to the Franklin River.This involved a 200 metre climb then a sharp 400 metre descent and about 150 metres dow…

Mount Bridges Feb 2019

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Mount Arthur Jan 2019

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3 and 6 January 2019


It took two attempts to locate the SAMA hut on Mount Arthur. All the cairns and a real maze of pads there didn’t help either.

On the first trip I though the hut would be easily found.But right from the start things didn’t go as expected because I used a pad which I thought was the one used just a few weeks ago, only to find myself above the Scout Hut rather than below as before; somehow missed the junction. Then when looking for SAMA hut pads were followed but none seemed right. Eventually it was decided that the pad we were on was the one that went below cliffs to Lost world, so didn’t continue.There were numerous pads and cairns about often going nowhere.Eventually we decided to leave and come back armed with coordinates and a GPS.

Once the map and the various bits of data were viewed it became quite apparent that SAMA and the pad to it was further to the east by about 100 metres. On this second visit with coordinates in the GPS it was quite easy to get to the hut …