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Goldfields Track Day 3 Sunday 8th January
Wednesday, January 18, 2012      5 comments

This morning started out fairly drizzly, and the rain picked up as I went along. As the trail went through a pine forest, it finally got heavy enough that I had to stop to put on a waterproof jacket and a rain cover over my pack. At one poi... Read more
Goldfields Track Day 2 Saturday 7th January
Monday, January 16, 2012      4 comments

Soon after starting out, the track began to climb. While the water channel went through a tunnel, the track had to climb up and over the ridgeline. While the sharp climb soon had my heart rate up, the cool of the early morning meant I din't get ... Read more
Goldfields Track Day 1 Friday 6th January
Sunday, January 15, 2012      3 comments

This was a hike I hadn't even intended doing. I had be planning an extended backpacking expedition through a couple of hundred miles of some really remote back country over the New Year. Part of my safety planning was a satellite emergency beaco... Read more
Howqua Hike Long Weekend Day 4 Monday 31st October
Friday, November 04, 2011      6 comments

There was a little rain overnight, plus some condensation on the inside of the tent fly from camping on the flats of the Howqua River, so I left the tent up for a while to dry out a bit. I eventually got on my about 9am. As noted in my prev... Read more
Howqua Hike Long Weekend Day 3 Sunday 30th October
Thursday, November 03, 2011      1 comments

It was clear overnight, and temperatures dropped a little below freezing, but I remained pretty snug in my sleeping bag. After yesterday's slow start, I made an early start this morning. I continued my way along the Cross-Cut Saw, enjoying ... Read more
Howqua Hike Long Weekend Day 2 Saturday 29th October
Wednesday, November 02, 2011      2 comments

It was a howling storm overnight, and I was camped at about 1600m 5200 feet, on a very exposed ridge line (actually the continental divide). It rained heavily, and my tent was constantly buffetted by wind - at some stages I was concerned as to w... Read more
Howqua Hike Long Weekend Day 1 Friday 28th October
Tuesday, November 01, 2011      3 comments

Tuesday 1st November is public holiday here, so I arranged to take the Monday off to create a 4 day weekend and go hiking. My knees had really taken a pounding during my hike over summer (especially during the descents), and this had really... Read more
Weekend hike Day 3 Sunday 9th October
Monday, October 17, 2011      1 comments

There was a lot more rain around overnight, and again I stayed toasty dry in my tent. Especially as this time I took care to tension the guy lines in the right direction, so no sagging and pooling this morning. It was still raining when I w... Read more
Weekend Hike Day 2 Saturday 8th October
Thursday, October 13, 2011      3 comments

There was some rain overnight, and when I got up in the morning, I noticed the top of my brand new tent had a big pool of water sitting on it. But I was delighted that my tent fly was sufficiently waterproof that even pooled water like that didn... Read more
Weekend Hike Day 1 Friday 7th October
Tuesday, October 11, 2011      3 comments

With Spring now here in the Southern Hemisphere, and football season out of the way, it was definitely time to hit the trails again. After my knees took a beating on my last (admittedly tough) hike over summer, I had been looking at ways to... Read more
Hike Day 13 23rd January
Saturday, February 05, 2011      5 comments

While it is pretty windy overnight, it wasn't that wet, of which I was pretty glad. Today was the last day of my hike, and I had just 1 mile's walk along the ridgeline, then a short steep 700 foot climb up to the main Jamieson-Licola road w... Read more
Hike Day 12 22nd January
Friday, February 04, 2011      1 comments

I had used up most of my water last night, so I went for a mile's return walk to a nearby small stream to collect water for my breakfast, and for that day. I guess I was kinda slow, as it was about 10.30 before I got on my way. With considerable... Read more
Hike Day 11 21st January
Thursday, February 03, 2011      1 comments

Despite being very careful with my water last night, I had very little left, so I packed my gear early, had a couple of cereal bars, and set out towards the next water source. The terrain consisted of open grassland with smattering of trees... Read more
Hike Day 10 20th January
Wednesday, February 02, 2011      2 comments

This morning's hike was along a vehicle track, so the going was considerably easier than anything I had experienced for the past week, and I was able to make good time down to Chester's Yard (an old mustering point used by mountain cattlemen). ... Read more
Hike Day 9 19th January
Tuesday, February 01, 2011      3 comments

I woke up briefly overnight, to find that the mist that had rolled in last night had descended down into the valleys, leaving the ridgelines and mountains rising dramatically out of the mist. It looked absolutely beautiful in the moonlight. Unfo... Read more

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