Waterfall Valley to Ronny Creek – Overland Track Tasmania

Snow drift dropping off the edge of Cradle Cirque - Tasmania

Tweet In this final article, Nik Sands from Bushwalk Australia shares the story of the last day of  his trip from Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain with his wife Heidi.  They completed the Overland Track, walking south to north, in August 2010.  It was a fantastic trip with lots of snow and beautiful scenery! […]

Frog Flats to Waterfall Valley – Overland Track in snow 2010

Tweet Welcome to Part Five of a trip report courtesy of Nik Sands from Bushwalk Australia. Nik and his wife Heidi completed the Overland Track, walking south to north, in August 2010. In this article we combine two days, from Frog Flats to Waterfall Valley Hut! Nik did not have any images for this section […]

Kia Ora Hut to Frog Flats – Overland Track in snow August 2010

Mt Pelion East from Kiaora

Before leaving home, the weather forecast for day 4 was for fine sunny weather, and for day 5, it was “heavy rain”. Not wanting to do the longest day of the walk in heavy rain, and getting some idea of how much longer it might be while wading through deep snow in heavy rain, we made the decision to make our fine weather fourth day longer than originally planned in order to make the next day of expected bad weather shorter. Even if it meant pitching and packing a tent in the rain.

So we set off somewhat earlier than on the preceding days, aiming to have Lunch at Pelion Hut instead of staying there overnight as originally planned.

Windy Ridge to Kia Ora Hut – Overland Track in snow – August 2010

Testing the Snow Shoes on the Windy Ridge Helipad

Hiking the Overland Track in winter from south to north?

What are conditions like on the Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair hike when there has been a lot of snow?
Home dried bircher muesli for breakfast (thanks for this idea Frank!)… mmm… good… but don’t overdo the water next time, and don’t forget to add the home dried strawberries carried all this way!

It had snowed heavily again all night and there was now an even deeper layer of fresh snow on everything. But the cloud appeared to be thinning out and it looked like it was going to be a nice day with some indistinct glimpses of the DuCane Range through the cloud to the west. Before leaving the architectural marvel that is Bert Nichols Hut, Heidi decided that she’d better try out the snow shoes in a controlled environment rather than trying to figure it out with cold fingers on rough terrain. So she spent a few minutes parading around the square flat patch of snow in the plain behind the hut which covered the helicopter pad. Satisfied with how to attach, remove and use the snow shoes, we strapped them back onto the pack and set out.

Echo Point to Windy Ridge – Overland Track in snow 2010

Heidi - Overland Track Tasmania

This is the second part of a trip report courtesy of Nik Sands from Bushwalk Australia Nik and his wife Heidi completed the Overland Track, walking south to north, in August 2010. We pick up the trip from Echo Point Hut as they head off to Bert Nicols Hut on Day Two. It was to be one of the “snowiest” Overland trips for several years. During the night a good 5 or 10 cm of fresh snow had fallen, and during the morning it continued to snow quite heavily at times. This was truly beautiful, and for Heidi, it was both exciting and intimidating, being the first time she had done any walking in heavy snow, either in the air or on the ground.

Overland Track Snow Walk, August 2010

Snow shoes used for Overland track

Nik Sands from Bushwalk Australia has kindly offered to share the story of his adventures on the Overland Track in August. Nik and his wife Heidi “escaped” from the children and headed off together on what turned out to be a pretty tough and challenging Overland Track trip.

This trip report was originally published at Bushwalk Australia in several sections. Nik suggested that readers of Our Hiking Blog may find it interesting reading. In massive agreement with that sentiment, we present the first part of their story on hiking the Overland Track from south to north, in winter.

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At Our Hiking Blog we try and mix up a variety of topics and information each time we publish an article.

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Listening for Coyote – a great read

Coyote

One of the reasons we manage Our Hiking Blog is the community of terrific people that are part of this site. We are in contact with many people from across the world who all have a shared love and passion of the outdoors. It is great fun to meet new people and read their stories or help them out with information.

A few months ago we were contacted by Pete who was planning to move back to Australia from the USA. He had lived in the US (California, NY, Oregon) since 1997 and had picked up a new job in Hobart. He was asking for recommendations about the best hiking books that contained walks suitable with young childern.

We kept up some correpondance and Pete recommended a book by William L Sullivan – Listening for Coyote – A walk across Oregon’s Wilderness. A couple of weeks ago it arrive in the mail.

Wet feet, worry and tough scrub – Crossing the Never Never

Wet walking the Never Never - wet feet - Tasmania

We love to read stories of adversary and tough times. Sometimes hiking conditions can test and challenge you like never before.

In this article we welcome Greg, who has been kind enough to share his recent Tasmanian bushwalking experience on a trip from the Walls of Jerusalem via the Never Never to the Oveland Track in Tasmania.

We have done this trip twice. Our article Lake Meston Hut to Kia Ora Hut via the Never Never has a small map of the area and documents our experiences. It might be an interesting background to Greg and his son’s story.

So, over to Greg who reflects on the trip, often referring back to the GPS waypoints we sent him a couple of months ago to help navigate through this area:

My 15 year old son and I aimed to replicate the walk you gave me on the GPS. It seemed the most logical thing to do regarding distances covered in one day etc. We even started out the same with a trip with Simon from Tasmania Tour Company to the beginning of Walls of Jerusalem! Simon asked me my walking intentions and when I said I was going across the Never Never to the Overland Track he kind of paused and then said, “Take it easy through there. There has been a lot of rain down that way.” I replied, “Yeah, no worries!”, sounding confident but not really sure of what his definition of ‘a lot of rain’ was! He did remind us though that we would see ‘no one’ through there in winter.

The first day was spent walking to Dixons Kingdom Hut and we had an evening of wind, heavy rain and then a decent blanket of snow.