Bushwalking

Short and sweet | Sphinx Rock

Quick little trip out to Sphinx Rock today up on Mount Wellington. I really have no idea how may minutes it is along the Lenah Valley track from the Springs. Mainly because I never bothered to look. And everytime I walk out there it takes me a different amount of time. Depends on how many things I find along the way, what season it is and who I am with. I am guessing today took maybe 20 minutes. There were minimal stops, one to talk about Lichen and their benefit to the ecosystem. Gerry made the mistake of asking me ...
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Milles Track | Mt Wellington | Spring snow

Milles Track | Mt Wellington | Spring snow I have literally only left the house once in the past 8 days, and that was for a two hour uni prac where I got to measure metabolic rates of meal worms… Snotty noses (mine) and pus covered tonsils (Mr 6 year old) have pretty much had me couch bound for too long. Friday night I decided that no matter what the weather I was going to spend some hours in the bush, maybe walk out to Wellington Falls. Or the Disappearing Tarn. Or even do Springs to the Pinnacle, around and ...
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Mount Sprent | Mud | Thylacines

I walked up a mountain on Saturday and I managed to talk the entire way. This indicates to me that my fitness has greatly improved over the last few months. Last time I walked up a mountain I couldn’t hold a conversation, I was silent, too busy trying to concentrate on breathing and wondering if I was going to die from exertion. People often say I could talk underwater with a mouthful of marbles, and I probably could, but up until now I couldn’t talk walking up a mountain. Winning. Mount Sprent is located within the Southwest National Park on ...
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Cape Hauy and the Antechinus

I haven’t spent a lot of time down at the Tasman Peninsula. A few trips here and there to try and get an aurora at the Tessellated Pavement, a trip to Port Arthur with my daughters grade 5 class, and I think that pretty much sums it up it since I was a kid. I figured that since I would be spending 2 days down at Fortescue bay with uni doing ecology stuff I may as well go down early and head out to Cape Hauy for a wander. So I did. The Tasman National Park is about an hour ...
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The Disappeared Tarn…

The Disappearing Tarn is a fickle little tarn that appears on the mountain (Mount Wellington) every so often. After really heavy rains or a big snow melt, the bouldery depression fills up with crystal clear blue waters, and lasts for as long as it lasts. Spoken of as a ‘hidden gem’ or something only the locals know about, I assumed it would be really hard to find, hidden off the track like a lot of the old huts scattered around the mountain. It’s not hidden at all… or hard to find… It’s literally by the side of the Milles track ...
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Growling Swallet

Growling Swallet is one of the deepest cave systems in┬áTasmania at about 360m, coming in a close second from Niggly caves which just wins with 375m. It is part of the Florentine-Junee karst area and it pretty damn spectacular. As with most caves, unless you are an experienced caver, or with an experienced caver then you shouldn’t venture into them. Unless you don’t care if you get lost and die. I’m not a massive fan of that one, so I didn’t risk climbing right down to the start of the drop. I can’t say how far into the walk the ...
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Two Huts and an Ice Skating Rink

Last week myself and a couple of buddies, who for the purpose of conformity across this post shall remain nameless, went off on our first Hut Hunting expedition on a mountain close to Hobart, which shall also remain nameless. No names or locations in this post shall be used, and if you ask me for directions I shall have to decline to answer you. A bit mean of me I know, considering I am actually posting about it, but if you are keen enough you shall go on your own adventure. There is a good reason for this, and I ...
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