Showing posts from November, 2017

Missed and Mist

Adamsons Peak Tuesday 28 November 2017 Any drizzle was expected to be gone by the time we started walking and it was, however the thing that was overlooked was the drenched vegetation left behind.   By the time Manuka Flat had been crossed I was thoroughly fed up with the constant dousing from the wet Bauera and other bushes and was pleased when Greg took over in front. What happened on the next section remains a mystery to me, because somehow, I ended up in front.  Greg B stopped for a drink and I wondered on thinking I was following behind Greg K, but did start to wonder why I couldn’t see any of his boot marks in the mud.  Anyway, I got the plateau, which was in thick mist, but there was no sign of Greg.  I returned to the edge of the plateau and there was Greg just pushing through the thick and wet scrub pressing in on the track; Greg looked thoroughly soaked too.  His first words were “how did you get in front of me.”   A good question, I thought.  It seems that I walk

Waratah on Organ Pipes Track

Saturday 25 November 2017 From the Chalet and along the Organ Pipes track where the Waratah were brilliant and at peak flowering. Down the Pinnacle Track and bought lunch from Lost Freight at  The Springs before ascending by the Sawmill to Organ Pipes and on to the car. Telopea truncata Waratah Olearia phlogopappa Organ Pipes Track Olearia phlogopappa More photos here h

Yellow Cliffs

No large waterfalls Tuesday 21 November 2017 Floras Falls As shown in Weekly Courier, August 12, 1905. Note person standing at lower right of falls. Photo: Beattie Copied from “A Brief History of the Waterfalls Of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington“ by Maria Grist 2016 The mystery of Floras Falls was not solved today, but a couple of potential locations were eliminated. It was accurately predicted to be a warm day, so we started out a little earlier and it proved beneficial. Our first spot to check to see if a waterfall existed was at a large sandstone cliff to the east of Glen Dhu Rivulet, but although at first sight it looked promising there was no creek and no real sign of a waterfall. Cliffs on eastern side of Glen Dhu Rivulet Yellow cliffs  Glen Dhu Rivulet After leaving there we descended to Glen Dhu Rivulet and found it had ample fresh running water and the temperature decidedly pleasant. All too soon we were on the climb through the woodland, heav

Lost World Mount Arthur

Tuesday 14 November 2017 Quite a hot day, but it wasn’t until we got down to lower altitudes in the afternoon that it was particularly noticeable.  Nevertheless, we sweated a good deal from the start of the walk. Lost World at Mount Arthur Once above the sandstone cliffs on the Old Hobartian track the golden rosemary and cheeseberries were in abundance and delightful. It was good to reach the Lost World as that signalled the end of the up for a while and a break for lunch. First though we explored a fissure in the boulders and worked a way into an underground cavern, but a torch would be needed to explore further and probably a rope ladder. Golden Rosemary  Oxylobium ellipticum - Golden Rosemary Resting at Mount Arthur Cyathodes glauca  - Cheeseberry Large Eucalypt Lunchtime entertainment was watching rock climber attempt to scale a cliff, but he hadn’t made it to the top by the time we departed. On reaching the road the choice made was to walk o