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Warm Going Up Slippery Down

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Ice House Circuit
11 July 2017
Much of the day was sunny with misty cloud at times.  We went up on the ice House Track with the steady ascent making walking quite warm.  Snow was met well before the top and crossing to the zig Zag Track was crunchy and pleasant in such calm conditions.





Once on the downhill it was slippery due to the compressed snow from the volume of users. Up until then we had mostly untouched snow to walk on which was vastly more pleasant and easier. We were keen to view the upgraded Organ Pipes Track, expecting that it would be completed to the junction with the Pinnacle Track.  So, it was a surprise to find it had not even got as far as the Sawmill Track junction.  The little bit that we managed to see was a much higher track standard than expected; in fact, probably higher than warranted and this might be one of the reasons it is taking longer than advertised.  So far about 1.2k has been done which leaves a further 860 metres to go to the Pinnacle Track junction.

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Denmans Cove

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A case of two distinctly different grades of track Sunday 2 July 2017 It had been 14 years since we walked to Denmans Cove and from some reports we expected it to be more overgrown than previously.  It seemed a bit worse, but not as bad feared. We did make one decision that went through the most difficult section unnecessarily. This came about when we followed tapes close to the end that took us past a short easy track directly to the Denmans beach. The longer scrubbier way was no doubt there for times when the tide made the short cut unviable. The short way was used on return without any trouble. Back in 2003 a wider track beside a cleared area was used to get to Stinking Bay, but now a walking track through forest brought us onto the coast about 600 metres from the beach. This took close to 40 minutes  and another 1:25 to Denmans, excluding morning drink break. Views were good along the way, but Denmans Cove was in shade and was not going to get any sun during mid winter. The Three Cap…

A Changed Track - Cape Raoul

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Saturday 1 July 2017 It is now a quite different experience walking to Cape Raoul now that the track has been upgraded, although it was far from finished. The initial early part is predominantly gravel with a little boardwalk and means the slippery mud is now thankfully thing of the past. From the creek crossing it is all gravel and winds up to the Raoul lookout, but on the descent after there some large zig zags have been added and maybe just a bit more than needed. It was still under construction as was long sections between there and cape Raoul. It was pleasing to see the track will continue under the casuarinas but that section was always good walking and it seems a great waste of resource and money ripping through it to add gravel. The same can be said for the last part where the track crosses the heathland before the cape, where the old track has been dug up and rocks removed.  This seems to be very much overdone and again unnecessary and expensive, whereas a little gravel toppin…

Meehan Range Redgate Section

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28  June  2017

Went on a walk up the climb to traverse the ridge near Simmons Hill before arcing  along the opposite ridge leading back east.







It was hoped that a track would take us down to near the start in String Bark Gully, but the one found was on private property for most of the way until a house could be spotted a short distance ahead. At this point we veered away and just walked through untracked bush to the bottom.




Lichen Hill 2017

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Tuesday 16 May 2017
With the ever decreasing daylight at this time of year, it was good to be back in Hobart before darkness descended. This a bonus as it is not pleasant driving the Sorell to Cambridge section with a host of headlights whizzing towards you. This even after stopping for a coffee.

We went up Pirates and Plateau roads with the vehicle and could have driven to the start of the walk as the barrier was not in use and the final bit of road quite reasonable.
The walk only has a gentle climb or two and was pleasant. The country lived up to its name with much lichen accompanied by patches of fungi. The last little bit from the junction with Balts Spur track and Tatnells Hill was overgrown. It was on Tatnells for lunch with good views although it somewhat cloudy.




It took a shade over two hours each way for the11k return distance. In hindsight, we could have reduced 2k from this by driving along the last bit of road to the track start.
Most of the walk is with Tasman National Park o…

Plunkett Point Lime Bay

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Thursday 11 May 2017
A most pleasant walk along the coast between the convict coal mine settlement and Lime Bay. As there was six of us it allowed for a car shuffle to save making a walk along the road back to the starting point. Light but quite wetting showers were met on the drive down to Tasman Peninsula, but it was fine if mostly cloudy where the walk took place. The wind was cool and from the south east but the bush was thick enough to block it. Lunch was at Monk Bay and good fortune brought the sun out for the duration before it disappeared behind cloud again.  The conditions for the last half of the walk at least made it easy to see how clear the water along the coast was. During the walk the number of little diggings on and beside the track was most noticeable and hopefully it is indicative of a healthy native animal population; possibly many by Bandicoots. The Fishlips cafĂ© at Taranna was open and was good for a coffee.
The walk was 9.6k and with lunch took 3:40





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Mount Field East April 2017

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Saturday 22 April 2017


Originally the walk was to be on Sunday 23rd but the forecast was not good. The alpine area of Mount Field is somewhat unpleasant in poor weather and I am also mindful that several people who have booked have limited experience and are not necessarily equipped for bad weather. On the other hand, it looked better for the Saturday and so that is when the walk went.   It did mean that some people couldn’t make it, but it was either go on Saturday or cancel the walk. It was misty all day although were never clouded in. Beatties Tarn was the first stop and like Lake Nicholls soon after was very calm.  A noticeable ascent followed to the edge of Windy Moor and then the short level crossing to the foot of Mount Field East.  Three of us climbed to the summit, whilst Greg added a sign at the junction.  The Friends of Mount Field are placing signs at all the junctions to help walkers and Greg had joined us for this purpose as it is safer to have another person there in case…