14 May 2010

Overland Track Jan 2000 - Day 1

Lake St. Clair to Pine Valley

This boat took us 14 km up Lake St Clair to Narcissus Hut, where we began our 11-day walk through to Cradle Mountain. The boat is leaning to one side 'cos of the weight of my pack, nearly 28kg (60 pounds)!

Mt Ida is about half way up Lake St Clair, on the eastern side. Strangely, Glen and Joseph didn’t get sick on this boat, despite losing their brekky on the Devil Cat. Maybe it’s 'cos they were allowed drive a bit on this boat (Lake St Clair is a long way to sink, but not too far to swim…).

Tassy Parks and Wildlife Service have had duck boards on wetter patches of the walks for decades now, to help control erosion. Whilst they definitely take away the impression of walking in the wilderness, they certainly help in reducing track erosion. In some spots without boards, the mud can be knee-deep, and the track becomes up to ten metres wide trying to avoid it. We saw very little mud this time, but enjoyed a good slorp when it was available. This is Mt Gould, as we trudge off towards Pine Valley, our first stop.

Fallen trees make a road in Pine Valley.

We decided to do the Overland Track south to north so that we could stop at Pine Valley for a few days and eat some food before having to shift camp again. This was a Good Idea.

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

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