21 May 2010

Overland Track Jan 2000 - Day 3

The Acropolis

The other day walk available to us from Pine Valley is to climb westward into the Labyrinth. This is a beautiful area covered in tarns and surrounded by rocky peaks. For some reason, it is also infested with the most aggressive ants I’ve met. As soon as you placed a foot anywhere, they would start to converge. Must have been the echidna’s day off…
View from the Labyrinth

Above: The three-headed Mt Geryon and The Acropolis from the Labyrinth. Lake Elysia is in the foreground.

Many of the peaks, rivers and lakes in the district are named after classical Greek characters, which makes for a very dramatic way of interpreting the landscape. The Labyrinth is sometimes difficult for the neophyte to negotiate even in good weather. In a white-out, it would be deadly.

Above: 180ยบ view, looking west, north and east from the Labyrinth. Left to Right: Walled Mountain, Lake Tartarus, Mt Eros, Mt Hyperion, more of the Labyrinth, Mt Massif, Mt Geryon and the Acropolis

Pine Valley and the surrounding day-walk areas - The Labyrinth and the Acropolis - make a brilliant introduction to the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. They are breathtaking, in every sense of the word! The Pine Valley campsite was fun, too, being well attended by pademelons (Rufous wallaby), including babies who would occasionally race through camp like a super ball, cornering as if they were ricocheting off the ground. The other animals to really welcome us here were the mosquitoes, but we’ll talk about them more later…

As seen on Andrew Purdam's Bushwalking Treasure Box blog.

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