Showing posts from 2019

Mount Lloyd

Tuesday 25 June 2019 No one disagreed that being to Mount Lloyd, the way went, was hard. We had a route on the GPS but, after looking at the map and satellite image, I worked out a way contouring the slope of Billy Clarks Hill, but it didn't pan out. We ended up in a steep climb over often unstable ground to the top, where they were several open Moss covered rock slabs. These were a nice reprieve from what went before, but beyond lay scrub into the access track to the Lloyd summit was reached.

Following lunch, we split with Dave and Adrian taking up the offer of getting picked up where the vehicle access track meets the road. Neville and I went down using a route from Dennis of hiking SE and this proved a good way and a lot less steep than the inward route. Dave and Adrian made it to road which entailed a drive of almost 4k to collect them.

Calverts Hill and Mays Beach

Monday 17 June One of the objectives was to visit Calverts Hill Reserve to view an area of about 200 Eucalyptus morisbyi.  They are just over the top of the hill on the western facing slope and are a very threatened species with not many plants now producing seed.  This is to a considerable degree due to climate change and associated warmer and drier conditions.   On approaching the high point, we could see a lot of large dead trees and it was not until reaching a more sheltered slope over 200 metres along from the high point that we finally spotted a live tree.  Then a few more were noticed including we thought some younger ones.  A section of the reserve here a roll top animal exclusion fence which hopefully gives the plants a better chance. The coastal track, really a worn pad would better describe it, was returned to and we continued to Mays Beach. It was a sunny day although cool in the breeze but mostly we were sheltered from it.    Return was quicker without the diversion to Calve…

Mount Marian

Friday 7 June 2019
As is often the case when traveling past Trestle Mountain, we stopped at the field of pineapple grass for a morning drink; the way in is becoming more obscure and overgrown. Overgrown too was the state of the initial part of the track up Mount Marian.   On top it was cool, but a lunch spot out of the wind was found. 
It was one of those fine days but with a high film of cloud to stop it being brightly sunny.

Windy Indeed

Monday 13 May 2019
Mount Field East Circuit

We were expecting it to be  quite windy, but in the forest and past Lakes Nicholls and Rayner it was not too bad due to the shelter from the ridge above.  Once on the plateau though, the name Windy Moor was very appropriate.  The hardest part was keeping on the planking over the moor because the wind tried hard to blow us off. Conditions were easier once back in country enclosed by trees and bushes.
On approaching Lake Fenton there was still some Fagus on bushes, but most had gone until below the lake the autumn colours recommenced.  The lower we got the more colourful it got.

More photos are in an album here

Emily Tarn

Tuesday 30 April 2019

The scrub from the junction of the Hartz Peak track to Arthur Tarn was thick and pressing in on the path and the open spots on the way were very wet with lots of running water.  This 1.5k section as far as Emily Tarn took us almost an hour.

Both tarns are lovely, with Arthur on top of a saddle whilst Emily, the larger one sat at the bottom of a basin. Several moraines plus the craggy cliffs of Hartz Peak all tell of the creation of the tarns.

Lunch was on the saddle between Mount Snowy and Hartz and then we climbed to Hartz to the get to the track leading back to the car. On the return leg below Hartz Peak where the track is clearly marked and distinct, I somehow managed to wonder off it for a few paces.  My companions were most amused and insisted I mention this when reporting on the walk.

Conditions were good in the south west with great views of the mountains and valleys.

The walk was 10 kilometres with an elapsed time of 6 hours. Actual walking time was 4:2…

North Walls

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

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


Mount Arthur Jan 2019

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 …