Australia: Overland Track Day 6 – Bert Nicholls to Lake St. Clair

I had a terrible night. My left arm was in a constant state of being either dead, or having pins and needles, and I just couldn’t get comfortable. I was happy to be finishing today. Keen to get underway today, I returned the books to the Ranger, and left the hut just before 8 am.Continue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 6 – Bert Nicholls to Lake St. Clair”

Australia: Overland Track Day 5 – Kia Ora to Bert Nichols

On top form today, I left Kia Ora at 8.10 am, in sunny but muggy weather. The majority of today was through rain forest and my first stop was at a clearing where Du Cane Hut sat, before re-entering the forest. This section has a number of side trips, to waterfalls, but I wasn’t tooContinue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 5 – Kia Ora to Bert Nichols”

Australia: Overland Track Day 4 – New Pelion to Kia Ora

When I awoke, first thing I noticed was the humidity. The hut was surrounded in a mist, and with the prospect of a climb up through rainforest, I wasn’t looking forward to this first section. This was a tough one for me today. I stopped countless times, exhausted, soaking with sweat. The forest was dark,Continue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 4 – New Pelion to Kia Ora”

Australia: Overland Track Day 3 – Windermere to New Pelion

The longest distance today; 16.75 km, and I was up at first light. I was in my element! Moorland and mist for the early part of the morning, it could have been Dartmoor with duckboards, for all I knew! The air was cool, perfect for walking, and I happily ate up the distance across PineContinue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 3 – Windermere to New Pelion”

Australia: Overland Track Day 2 – Waterfall Valley to Windermere

Common consensus amongst everyone in the hut was that they were all going to skip Windermere Hut and crack on to New Pelion. This meant that, unless any of today’s starters skipped Waterfall Valley, I was in for a quiet night! I set off about 8:30 am. It was a short leg of 7.75 kmContinue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 2 – Waterfall Valley to Windermere”

Australia: Overland Track Day 1 – Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley

9am – Started in the rain, accompanied by a bushwalker setting off on the Horse Track for a day walk. The weather soon cleared up and we soon parted company at a junction, as I laboured up to Crater Lake. One thing was abundantly clear; I was going to struggle! Many would argue that anContinue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 1 – Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley”