Mud, roots, trees and more mud?
yes, this section certainly tested us…..
The descent of the south eastern side of the range through dense rainforest was long and arduous. Careful foot placement was necessary due to exposed tree roots and steep steps. Lack of concentration, rubbery knees and shaky legs meant that slipping or falling was always a likely possibility. This was a very long day and we didn’t arrive at the campsite at Deadmans Bay until well after dark.
Just an addition to Sue’s notes from above. The “down” on the east side of the Ironbounds is significant. While the vegetation is spectacular, there are limited views, plenty of mud, many track obstructions, huge steps and more mud. It took us about 7hrs following a late lunch (left) to finally reach the camp site at Deadmans Bay. (a fitting description of how we felt)
Colin and John were there to welcome us and we were very grateful to see them as it was very dark.
Below is a profile of the Ironbound Ranges taken off Colin’s GPS track. Yep, it is around 900m up!
And then 900m of the worst down you would even imagine.