South Coast Track – mud, leeches and lots more!

A screen shot from the video, a section of mud on the South Coast Track

Tweet We tackled the South Coast Track a few years back and found it extremely challenging. Returning a few years later, Sue got some bad blisters after a couple of days. Deciding they were only going to get worse we left our party to continue on, camped at Louisa Bay for a few days,  and […]

Overland Track – Enjoy a great journey from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair

Tweet Every now and then we come across a jewel of information about the Overland Track in Tasmania. In the following video, shared on our Facebook page by Mark Finlay. you get a real feel for the track conditions, scenery and huts.  It is a delightful production and we enjoyed every minute of it. Overland […]

Cradle Mountain – Free guide and day walk map

We have been thinking about creating a free resource for visitors to Cradle Mountain (and Tasmania) for some time. There is a great Parks Tasmania website plus many others that focus on accommodation at Cradle Mountain. We saw a “hole” in the market which combines lots of information about Cradle (and animals, walks, activities) with accommodation reviews etc.

To encourage visitors to the site we have created two free offerings, a Cradle Mountain guide and day walk map.

Penguin Cradle Trail – an Overland Track alternative?

Penguin Tasmania - Penguin Cradle Trail

Tweet We were contacted by Mike from Canada who is sneaking off to Tasmania for three weeks or so very soon. He was seeking advice on alternate walks in Tasmania to the Overland Track – spots are tight on the Overland Track and we are not sure if his budget extends to paying the Overland […]

Tasmanian Wilderness Calenders – Two choices for 2011!

adam calender main - month

Tweet Adam Holbrook is a terrific supporter of Our Hiking Blog , a good bloke (Frank met him face to face recently after a three year “internet relationship”) and a terrific wilderness photographer. Adam (tasadam to some) just shot us an email announcing not one, but TWO calenders for 2011. This year, instead of “just” […]

Why hike the Overland Track in Tasmania?

Narcissus hut overland track tasmania

Tweet Frank is back from a great trip across the Overland Track from Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair in one of Tasmania’s World Heritage National Parks. On this trip he walked with a small group from north of Sydney in Australia.  We met via Our Hiking Blog and because Frank had some spare time […]

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.

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It was a fantastic trip until ……

busy camp

You know the story. Up at 4am to get to the start of the track. You have raced around for three days getting food organised, gear checked and packed , pets and kids palmed off to family or friends, just so you can escape for a couple of nights of solitude and reconnection with wilderness.

The traffic is great at that time of the day and you arrive in good time. Your packs are heavy but you know it is worth it to get to your special place, your secret camping spot.

As you arrive near camp, strolling over the last hill you look down to a scene like this: