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Sunlight Moment, Mt Wedge

Sunlit moment, Mt Wedge

Ok, so I’ve decided to write a blog of some of the walks I’ve been on, mostly because I know how hard it can be to find information on conditions, routes, times, difficulty etc without constantly pestering friends, and because I know how grateful I’ve been to the people who have shared with me, and to the information I’ve found on the internet.

At 28 or 29 I decided that life must be about more than work, at the same time that I fell in love with Tassie mountains and wilderness. For a few years all my non-working time was spent out and about in the thick of it, or planning the next adventure. These days I’m a little more sedate: juggling yet more uni, the best job in the world and all the ongoing personal study that requires, a special person and a few key friends, gardening, visiting the beach and the odd bit of slack-lining. That means I visit the mountains less frequently, and new ones are like blue moons, but I’ll keep writing when I do get there!

I hope this blog inspires people to visit some of the beautiful places in Tassie, and to want to make sure that they’re around for generations to come. So peruse the photos, read my ramblings if you want, and be in contact if you’d like more information!!

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  1. Just spent the morning reading and enjoying your Easter climbing and so just wanted to let you know that i enjoy your blog and am glad you are writing it. Have to get on with the day now but will be back to read more rock monkey adventures soon.

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  2. Love your photos [as always], and your prose. It makes me want to join you on one of your walks. Perhaps when the weather improves a bit, I could come over and join you on a walk? Will be in touch. Keep up the great ‘work’.

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  3. Sure :)! I have work to have to work around, but if it’s a day walk I’m lucky enough to be able to start early and finish early, so I still have a whole day to go walking

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  4. Really liking your blog Bec. Took my kids up Brown Mountain yesterday after reading your description. You’re right – it may be just a bump, but there’s a lot to like about it.

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  5. Loving your blog. We are packing up our place in Perth and migrating over East in November. Hopefully spend some quality time in Tasmania in 2014. Hiking hiking hiking & nature photography. Can’t wait.

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  6. We were directed to your blog by Simon at Snowgum who attended a talk on the Abels at the Pandani Walking Club by myself & Nigel Richardson. We love your creative & fresh approach to your photography and commentary. We are currently revising The Abels vol 1 and wondered if you would be interested in contributing some images (preferably on a USB). This revision will be greatly expanded with many extra pages dedicated to images within each section. Some contributors have generously provided over 200 images so don’t hold back! Any contributions will obviously be acknowledged with your (full) name.
    Any comments about track/route descriptions and changes that you feel are necessary would also be greatly appreciated. Regards Bill & Nigel

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    • Thanks Bill and Nigel! I was there for your talk, and I’d be happy to help out in any way I can! Just sitting on Mt Canopus at the moment ;). Will be in touch when I’m back home.

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  7. Hi Bec, I’ve been following your posts for a little while and just love your storytelling. I am a local Taswegian and love hiking. I have recently had a child so the ability to pack up and go on a whims notice has been drastically reduced. In saying that I have been in search of a group to hike with that organise regular weekend (or longer) hikes that I could join. Are these posts from walks that the Pandani club arrange or yourself?

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    • Hello!!

      They’re a mixture. The last one was a Pandani walk that I lead, the one before a solo one. Several over summer were private trips but with Pandani members. Pandani is a great club, with really decent and fun people, and generally has a medium-hard walk on each weekend (assuming that’s what might interest you, given you’ve been following my blog and it’s what I do :)!).

      If you’d like a program, send me an email and I’ll send it to you (becclunnon@gmail.com). As a visitor you can come on two walks before joining :).

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  8. Hey Bec, I hope you’re ok. Been a gap between posts and you had a lot on your mind while in the weld. Missing your cheeky posts 😊

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  9. Take your time, breathe deeply and take a small plunge into the wilderness, nothing daring though πŸ˜‰ youre an incredibly strong, brave gal. If you need the lend of an ear anytime I am here to listen 😌

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  10. The next best thing to going on bushwalks is reading about bushwalks. You have put together a very good site. Well done.

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      • Hello Bec

        My name is Catherine Smith and I am part of a group called Meander Valley Food Networks. We are in the final stages of putting together a ‘how to garden’ booklet for our local area and were wanting a picture depicting the area to put on the front cover. We came across your image of Drys Bluff on your blog site and were wondering if you would mind us using it for the booklet? Of course we would acknowledge where the photo came from. Regards Catherine πŸ™‚

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  11. Hello Bec, do you have coordinates for Smoko Falls. I’ve looked everywhere possible on the net and can’t find them.

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    • Hi Benita! That’s a tough one. I’m assuming you’re talking about near the Western Tiers? The falls I assume are Smoko (and seem to be backed up by the photos on touringtasmania.info) are at 55 G 461295 5385437. However if you look at the 1:25,000 map there is a ‘falls’ marked further south, at 55 G 461366 5384987. I think this is because you’re on the Mother Cummings track, and it goes along side the Mother Cummings rivulet, which has a series of little cascades (a really lovely walk btw!). But the big falls are at the more northern coordinates, even though they’re not marked or named on maps.

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  12. Hi Bec,
    great blog & photos. I’m a bit envious of how much walking you get to do. I usually only get to Tassie once or twice a year but over 40years have enjoyed many walks. I’m looking for a new challenge – do you have any info on the Eldon range or Mt Curly / Spires? I have found some info but its pretty vague on the terrain / walking times. Last year I enjoyed both the Ducane Circuit and a traverse along theTraveller Range & Mts of Jupiter taking in Ida, Spurling, Rogoona & Cathedral. Castle Crag has got to be one of the best places to camp (in good weather).
    Regards,
    Steve

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    • Hi Steve!

      Yep, Castle Crag is lovely, isn’t it!! As for the Eldons or Spires, they’re both high up the to do list, and the only info I have is what’s available online and in books. In fact we were planning on the Spires earlier this year until yours truly decided to go back to uni! Most people are pretty guarded with giving away info on either of the two, perhaps because part of the adventure and pride in success comes from having to work things out when you’re there, and partly cos it’s the kind of walking only experienced walkers should attempt. I think we’ll be trying the Spires again next summer, and see what we find!! The Eldons might well be next after that ;).. So it might be a bit late for you, but there will be a post about it as soon as I get there (and back!).

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    • Hi there,
      ‘Wild’ did a pretty good article on Spires around 1999 or 2000. I’d say it’s a hard and remote walk.
      Angus

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  13. Hey Bec,
    Thanks for taking the time to write up all these trips! It’s awesome that you manage to juggle study/work/adventuring so well! You must be very organised!
    Will spend many hours on here, looking for ideas for my next adventure!
    ps: if you’re keen for the spires, I may be joining a bunch who is heading there this new years for a 10 day trip. I could keep you in the loop if you like.

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    • Thanks Andy!

      I’m not managing any writing up of trips at the moment, and not many trips either! I also have very tentative plans for the Spires in January, but it’ll depend a bit on uni and my first ambulance placement ;).

      Might meet you out there!

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  14. Hi Bec, I only came across your website a few days ago while looking for info on Clear Hill, which I climbed yesterday in great weather. Have very much enjoyed your commentary on many places I’ve visited, and a few others I’m keen to visit. Like you, The Thumbs is high on my list. You mention the Eldons, which I traversed about 35 years ago over 5 days, starting on the Lyell Hway near Pigeon House Hill. Happy to share route details from there to L Ewart, up Eldon Bluff and then to Eldon Peak. Killa

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  15. Hi, really enjoy reading about your trips, and the photos are just great! Envious of some of the places you are able to get to that’s for sure.
    Recently we did the overland track and later on did Ossa via arm river and was baffled at how much more you got done in the time it took us just to do Ossa let alone Oakleigh etc haha.
    Look forward to future write ups.
    ps. It would be great if you could include some tips on food ideas, I’m sure you are pro at this, and its something my mates and i struggle with, coming up with ideas for filling light weight meals!
    cheers
    Will

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    • Hi Will, great to hear from you!! I’ll definitely put in some food ideas, and as for the times, walking fast is much easier when you’re by yourself, though I certainly walk a lot slower these days!

      Happy walking :).

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      • That would be great thanks Bec. yeah its nice to set your own pace but equally nice to have people to chat to along the way!

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  16. Hi Bec,

    I am glad that you had a successful trip to Snowy North. We tried a few months earlier than you coming up a different track from a spur road. The tapes gave out just below the highest sandstone and after spending 30 minutes looking for the next tape pushed on through the scrub taking more than two hours to go 260 metres. We reached the dolerite, but the going became steeper and steeper and we thought we would end up in a blind gully. Tried climbing out onto dolerite to the west, but that was too hard so we settled down for lunch. On the way back we had quite a good run further west until I decided to climb over a sandstone knoll which slowed us down again.

    Do you share your GPS data?

    You may have made some observations on sandstone that would interest me.

    Stephen Forsyth

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  17. Hey Bec,
    What a wealth of information you have here. This will definitely be my main go-to for any information on an area i’m visiting from now on. Have been spending some time around Meander area. Absolutely lovely at this time of year with all the water around. I’m based in the north and it would be lovely to tag along for a walk sometime. Looking to head back to meander soon with a small ground from the bushwalk.com site.
    All the best.
    Ryan

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  18. Great Blog site, always check out what you have done, when we venture from the mainland to Tassie every year. Looking at doing the Du Cane Range Circuit next year. Would you share your GPX route file to help us along the way.

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  19. Hey there,

    i really enjoyed having a read through your WA range article.
    Would you mind sharing your GPS data of the traverse?

    Thanks

    Carl

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  20. Hi,

    I’ve really enjoyed looking through your blog. It has been a great help in planning particular trips around work commitments etc. Im hoping to do Bobs and Boomerang next weekend if the weather holds up. Would you mind sending me your gpx data for that walk?

    Also wanted to ask you roughly how long you think it would take to do the full traverse of the Western Arthurs and walking out through the Yoyo track?

    Cheers

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  21. Hello Becca, I too have enjoyed your blog and we are planning on returning home in about three years to make Tasmania our permanent home. Can’t wait! In the mean time we are down regularly to do some walking and kayaking and see family. Now, one mild beef. On our most recent trip down in Feb we headed to the north-east as the weather everywhere else was pitiful, and did some excellent walks on the southern end of Ben Lomond. We then headed to Mt Cameron in the north-north-east-east, which looked so lovely in your blog. But we could not, despite much searching and talking to locals, find the start of the track. Grateful for further guidance for next time!
    Cheers,
    Joe

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      • Thanks for that! Am down in Hobart again for a couple of weeks, and keen to get a few walks in (i.e. peaks). As I am solo this time if there are any walks I could join please let me know. Cheers, Joe

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      • Sure! I’m not going on any, but feel free to check out the Pandani and Hobart Walking Club websites for abbreviated versions of their programs – they’re usually more than happy to send out more details if you’re interested and make contact (they don’t put full details up initially for privacy reasons).

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    • Hi Joe, I’ve update the blog post with some additional details – I hope it serves you better for next time!! If you do it and have anything further to add, I’d love to hear from you and include your comments for other walkers to benefit from :).

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  22. Hi there
    Just wondering if you could tell me what GPS you use and how to download the maps?
    Thank you, I love reading about your adventures!

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    • Hi Fiona,

      I use a rather old Garmin 62s. I’m not sure which maps you want to download, as there are a few options. Tasmap maps are probably the best, and can be bought online for $2 per map. The maps I have, which feature on the screenshots of the GPS routes that I post with each blog, are Garmin’s Australia and New Zealand Topographical maps – I got mine free with my GPS, but at the time they retailed around $220. Other people use a mixture of free maps, like Shonky etc.

      Does that help at all?

      Becca.

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  23. Hello Becca,

    I’m a hobbyist landscape photographer in Tassie. I also work in Comms for Ambulance Tasmania. Small world!

    I stumbled across your blog a little while ago. What a fantastic variety of information about Tassie walks. Thanks so much for this blog.

    I’m not an overly experienced walker. I am planning on starting more advanced walks soon. I want to do the Mt Anne circuit, build up some experience and eventually do the Western Arthurs and walks like that.

    Your blog is by far the best information on these walks. So thanks again! Please keep it up.

    Lewis.

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    • Hi Lewis – it’s really cool to hear from you, and I’m glad you like the blog!

      I think I might have seen some of your photos too – I suspect you’ll really REALLY enjoy the walking when you start tackling some of the bigger ones, the photos you’ll get will be amazing. If you even have any additional questions when you’re planning walks, feel free to shoot through an email.

      I look forward to bumping into you at work one day – on the radio or in person!

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  24. Hi Guys

    Loving your stories and photos!

    My husband and I are avid hikers and are looking to spend 6 days around Frenchman Peak in December this year (2017), We were hoping you might share you GPS files for Agamemnon, Philips Peak, White Needle, and for Frenchman, Clytemnestra? Thanks for considering Tania and Neil

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  25. Hi Mr/Mrs Adventurious

    We absolutely love your blog. We are in the midst of planning exactly the same trip to Frenchmans as you have just completed. We were wondering if you would share your GPS tracks of your adventure in this area to assist us in our planning. We are due to start the walk on Boxing Day, is there any other advise you could share with us for example access to water, weather conitions to watch out for.

    Cheers
    Neil Parker

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  26. Thank you Bec!! Wow you have completed some great walks/mountains/abels!! Have found the love of hiking and more recently completing Abels (hiking with a goal πŸ™‚ Was search for someone who had info on Agamemon …and up popped your blog!! Thank you !!!
    No 1 reference after Abel Books of course.

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    • That’s excellent news Lynnda! Bushwalking is addictive isn’t it?!

      I’m honoured that you consider my blog second to the Abels – the books are quite an achievement! Agamemnon is a lovely walk – I wish you the best of weather for it!

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