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Sand River North Ridge

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Tuesday 28 May 2024 In 2020 we explored several of the cliffs used by climbers at Sand River.   There  was one location known as North Ridge not visited and that was the plan for this walk.     There was drizzle when we met at Sorell, but with hope that this might stop once over the hills we set off for Sand River. On arrival the weather was OK and gradually improved during the day, with quite a bit of sunshine. We took a little while to locate the start of the track heading upstream but Michael spotted some tapes and it was not too difficult from then on, but usage this way must be low and certainly is not worn like the main tracks. The North Ridge cliffs were impressive and after lunch there was ample time for the circuit walk past the cliffs known as The Colosseum.   There were some climbers in action there as we went past. North Ridge cliffs North Ridge cliffs Cave near The Colosseum Walk profile   Descend to Sand River, along bank, up & down North Ridge, up & down main cli

Collins Bonnet Hut Ruin

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Tuesday 21 May 2024 After the steady uphill to the firetrail below the Collins Bonnet summit, we assessed both the conditions (a cool breeze with cloud moving in) and our inclination (a sheltered spot sounding nicer than an exposed summit for lunch)  and opted to walk directly to the hut ruin.   Collins Bonnet Hut ruin between rock walls Hut wall   A photo album can be viewed by clicking here or from the image below.     Collins Bonnet Hut

Devils Throne

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 Tuesday 30 April 2024 For second time this month the weather was not good and although we walked for about 20 minutes it was decided to turn around and give it away. It was clear driving up at The Springs, then became drizzly soon after but was not at Big Bend. However soon after leaving we encountered quite a bit of drizzle and it looked very uninviting ahead. After a coffee at Lost Freight, I decided to go on a short walk and find a dry spot for lunch. There were a number of interesting things noted. First was a group including people with paramedic on the clothing and most with overnight packs, presumably some exercise.   Then along the Lenah Valley Track a bloke with a huge high pack, then when on the Sawmill Track a couple of couple of fellows ascending through the bush about 50 metres from the track.   I stopped for lunch at the little Sphinx rock and could hear them above me and the sound of something being moved.   Next came two young men setting up for bouldering at the

Neika Cliffs

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 Tuesday 16 April 2024 Because it was drizzly on top of kunanyi we stayed low instead of going to Thark Ridge.   From the Springs the walk used Reids Track to the Pipeline Track and once near the cliffs, which I refer to as Neika Cliffs, we ascended the steep slope.    Once there we walked along the eastern facing cliffs then explored the northern side, which extended much further. At the end of the eastern side some ascended to the top and although ribbons were noticed we didn’t follow them.   On rereading the climber's website   it did lead on to another cliff line and another above that. Base of cliff Cliff face Yellow lichen Elbow tree. A photo album can be viewed by clicking here or from the image below. Neika Cliffs

Cathedral Rock

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Tuesday 9 April 2024 Ridgeline to Montagu Thumbs and Mount Montagu and Collins Bonnet in distance One of the reasons for this walk was to check if some confusing track points have developed. Initially the track is close to the North West Bay River, but it eventually climbs in zig zag fashion up an old fire trail to reach the junction with the track to Cathedral Rock. This latter part is steep but the final push to the summit even more so. The only noticeable thing that we thought could cause confusion was the turnoff from the old fire trail which now didn’t have a marker. All up the actual return walking time was about 4 hours and elapsed time of 5:30 for the 10k walk.      Woodland beside the North West Bay River   Scree and Snake Plains on right    A photo album is online at this link or click image below   Cathedral Rock     Track profile   Note that time is longer than the rest of the party as I diverted to check on a weed site. The rest time is not available as the profile

The Acropolis

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 Saturday 16 - Monday 18  March 2024 The plateau before the summit climb to The Acropolis was even lovelier than my memory.   It was such a calm, sunny day making conditions absolutely ideal in this pine studded area. On the day walking in I mistakenly went further than planned and had to backtrack to the campsite. The middle day was the summit one and required a 220 metre climb to the plateau and then a further 340 metres to the summit.  That final rock face scramble was harder than remembered.  We had the top to ourselves, and it was only when part way back to the plateau that other walkers were encountered. I found the whole walk fabulous and enjoyable, especially on the Acropolis day. Mount Gould and the Minotaur from Acropolis plateau The Acropolis Snowgum trunk Acropolis plateau Two photo albums can be viewed by clicking on the images below.     The Acropolis 2024     Pine Valley 2024   Summit climb profile