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.

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.

David Noble – A life of adventure

A Blue Mountains Canyon

Bushwalking, peak bagging, canyoning, climbing, caving have all been a huge part of our special guest’s life for over 25 years.

Whether it is a 23 day traverse of the south west of Tasmania, wandering around the Central Plateau and Cradle Mountain area in Tasmania, bushwalking, canyoning or climbing in the Blue Mountains, undertaking long trips in France, Italy and Switzerland or getting wet on a regular basis in New Zealand, Dave Noble has lead an extraordinary outdoor life. Dave has been kind enough to share some of his story via an email interview. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have:

1. How about a bit of background on yourself. Live where? Work where?

I was born in New Zealand and came to Australia with the family when I was four. I grew up at Springwood in the Blue Mountains but since uni days I have been living in Sydney – in the inner west. I work as a high school teacher – so the holidays are good breaks for bushwalking.

The Overland Track – Winter trip with Caitie and Lauren

Marions lookout track- Cradle Mountain- Overland Track

Planning to hike the Overland Track in Winter? Looking to bushwalk from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair? If you have ever wondered what the conditions are like “off season” on this famous World Heritage journey, then this article is for you. Welcome Caitie Moncur who has been kind enough to share her journal notes from a very recent trip. After months of planning and preparation, and one final night of packing, weighing, unpacking and repacking, the time has finally come. We are Caitie and Lauren, 26 and 25 years old, best friends since we were 3 years old and we are about to take on the challenge that is The Overland Track… in Winter!

Platypus – Crater Creek – Cradle Mountain National Park

Platypus - Cradle Mountain - Tasmania - Australia

Koji has kindly agreed to share some photographs of a platypus he caught in the wild in Tasmania last week. Platypus sightings are quite rare and we have never seen one in this busy day tripper area.

Over to Koji:
My wife, her uncle and I went to Cradle on Friday for bushwalking and stayed at Scout Hut near Crater Lake. On the way back to Ronny Creek carpark on Saturday, about noon we walked past other hikers and they said to us they saw a platypus in a little creek along the boardwalk so we kept en eye out for that.

As we approached the place we saw the platypus swimming along a creek.

Overland Track Video – Winter or Autumn, you decide

As we all know Frank is a pretty ordinary cinematographer.

Others have more refined skills that combine a great eye and terrific editing skills.

Let’s introduce Jeff Jennings from  Bridport in Tasmania. He has a terrific selection of videos over at YouTube and maintains a site for his passion,  Sea Kayaking in Tasmania.( that stuff looks really scary)

We came across his video on the Overland Track in Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park recently and thought it well worth sharing.

Jeff has combined two different trips , one in Winter and the other Autumn. The contrast is quite spectacular.

Wilderness Photographer Dennis Harding – Interview

Western Arthur Range - Tasmania

In this article we interview Dennis Harding one of Tasmania’s leading (maybe THE leading) Wilderness Photographers. We met Dennis at Kitchen Hut, near Cradle Mountain in Tasmania a few weeks ago and following a quick exchange of contact information caught up by email and arranged this interview.

Dennis is the author of eight Tasmanian books and each year releases two calendars – “Spectacular Tasmania” and “Classic Images”. Of course there is also a DVD (which looks pretty cool) so you could say Dennis takes photography seriously.

We hope you enjoy this insight into Dennis and the fantastic wilderness images from Tasmania he has generously shared. Our personal favourite is ……? What is your’s?

Dove Lake, Scott Kilvett, Cradle Mountain and back – Fagus fun

Sue heading down the start of Marion's Lookout

We planned this trip to Tasmania view the Fagus – Nothofagus gunnii – Australia’s only winter-deciduous tree, several months ago. It was with some trepidation, hoping our timing was right, and we would get to see the autumn spectacular in it’s full glory.
We were rewarded by some inspiring scenery and magnificant vistas. In this post we share just a snapshot of a terrific weekend around the Cradle Mountain area. It was great fun and fantastic to be back in the bush after a long break.

Overland Track – recap and reflection

Kitchen Hut - Overland Track - Tasmania

Planning how to hike the Overland Track from outside Australia can be complicated. We met Alan via the blog when he wanted to hike the Overland Track and only had a few “spare” days on a flying visit to Australia to see his daughter. We ended up hiking the Overland Track, from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, in five days with him.

Overland Track – Tasmania in Winter – some lessons

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Tweet The Overland Track in Tasmania is a fantastic 6 days hiking experience. It is isolated, can throw up tough conditions and challenge you both physically and mentally. In fact, unless you are adequately prepared for bitterly cold and mind numbing conditions in winter, you risk serious problems (and the possibility of death) No joking. […]