Showing posts from March, 2010

Mt Aldebaran – Western Arthur Range

5-8 February 2010 Friday lunch time start with a camp at Two Mile Creek. Then followed a hard day, initially along the track before turning off to cross the Arthur Plains to the base of Kappa Moraine.  It was quite  a stiff climb up the steep side to the track then a  steady ascent to the Vesta junction where we set up tents, scoured the area for water and then set out to climb Carina Peak via Promontory lake. It took almost 1:30  from Mckays track to the base and the same again to reach the junction. It was quite a pleasant walk to Carina Peak with only a very short part of it having a scramble up a scrubby slope.  The views on the whole walk were quite superb and Promontory Lake glistened calmly in the still conditions. The next day was the remainder of the climb up Kappa, an ascent of Mt Scorpio then over the simply lovely alpine plateau leading to Lake Sirona. A clamber up to a high ridge  followed. then the skirting of the rocky tors on the steep eastern side  before emer

Long Tarns

25-28 February 2010 Conditions were quite pleasant for walking as we ventured past Rina Dina Falls and up the valley to Long Tarns to camp.  I noticed that someone in fairly recent times had lit a fire at one of the camping spots. On the second day the route taken was south easterly past the remainder of Long Tarns to Lake Butters where a change of direction was made to the south west then north west to camp by a small tarn at the edge of the wide valley leading to Zion Gate.  We could clearly see the end of lake Fanny from the campsite. Although cloud had rolled in from the south by morning it did not take long to clear and we were again in bright and pleasantly warm sunshine cooled by a light breeze.  The route was via the delightful old pine forest at Lake Tyre before dropping into Zion Vale, visiting Lake Sidon with it's many islands and then on to Tiger Lake for lunch.  Up to until the latter turn off the track seemed to be much less used than once and a few small sections w