Showing posts from October, 2022

Gould Plateau

Three fine days 18-20 October 2022 It really was three fine days, very fine and pleasant in fact.      The 12:30 ferry was caught and we were underway just after 1:00pm and, although parts of the track up through the rainforest were indistinct, Gould Plateau was reached without any real problems. It is a steep climb, especially the last half and it was a relief to get on level ground. Camp for both nights was beside an attractive tarn with splendid views of the dominant Mount Gould and of the surrounding mountains.   On the first afternoon and next, together with the mornings, especially the final one, there was ample time to wander about to enjoy and photograph the area. On the middle day we set off for what looked like a daunting climb of Mount Gould.   It is steep whatever route, in our case using a pad through the scoparia barrier to ascend the southern end.   On approaching the upper part, the terrain turned from scrub to large boulders and this continued for the entire 50

A Variation on Collins Cap

Tuesday 11 October 2022   Rock formations on the ridge towards Collins Cap I had two walks in mind for the Western Wellingtons and had been tossing up between a skyline traverse of Trestle Mountain and Collins Cap with a variation thrown in, with the latter being chosen After the at times steepish track from Myrtle Forest to the junction with the old Glen Dhu track we followed it for about 800m passing a section of delightful bushland of myrtles, correas and numerous waratah bushes.   On reaching the high point along it we veered off up the slope eventually reaching a section of boulders leading to the ridge top.  This was followed for 100 metres before reaching the track to the summit. The return walk was on the regular route. The walk was not too scrubby nor the boulders very difficult and was close on 7 kilometres for the day.  It was 3.6k and took 2:30 to get to the top, whereas the return was 3.4k but only 1:40. Pineapplegrass Ttestle Mountain, Marian and Charles Yellow Cliffs fro