We have hiked the Overland Track in Tasmania many times.
Early on in our adventures we both struggled at times.
It may have been the weight of our packs, the mud, the roots, the long days or the extreme weather. Early on, the Overland Track and Tasmania’s wilderness always tested us, sometimes to the edge of our ability to cope. It can be an extreme experience.
Over time we have grown comfortable with the challenges. We have definitely not become blase nor do we set off under prepared. We just know what to expect and prepare mentally. We always have the correct gear, clothing and food for the trip.
Recently we came across Ally’s trip report of her Overland Track adventure. Reading it bought back a lot of memories and highlighted to us how challenging, stressful and exhausting the trip can be to a first timer.
We will just share a few of Allys quotes from her very entertaining article. You need to read her full trip report over here: The Overland Track – Ally International. Don’t forget to check out here full photo gallery over here.
The climb to Marion’s lookout:
All was good until I had to climb a rockface, with my pack on, and nothing to hold besides a chain held into the rock by metal poles. From there, things got nasty. It started snowing badly, and on a plateau like the one I was on, the high winds don’t make for easy going, and the fact that no trees were around didn’t help either.
By that point I had forgotten what dry boots felt like. My right knee had begun to feel like it had been run over by a car. It’s still recovering as I write this. I had fallen a few times since day one, and my knees were littered with bruises.
Walking with other people takes your mind off of the monotony of walking. But, it’s kind of hard to hear people when you have 2 layers of hoods on because the sky won’t stop pouring on your head. I fell twice that day, once in high, fast-flowing water on a rock and the other time on a very sleet-covered rock.
Putting on all attire that morning was miserable. Everything was still soaked and also freezing cold. I couldn’t feel any extremity for 30 minutes of walking. I didn’t use my trekking poles that day and managed to not fall, another success.
Thoughts on the trip?
I am alive. I made it. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I loved it and I hated it at the same time.
Well done Ally! A great trip report on the Overland Track. We hope it has not left you too damaged and your are ready for another adventure!
Some of you will know we have an eBook designed for first time hikers planning the Overland Track in Tasmania. Hiking the Overland Track was last updated in 2014 and it is a great guide on planning your trip.
Have you hiked the Overland Track? We are off there in June and cannot wait!
Please share your experiences below.
We would love to hear about your trip.