What a learning experience this was! Lucky enough to be invited on this one, not one many people have done, and lucky enough to survive.. just :p! It did teach me how it feels to be the weakest walker in a group, and how it is when you know that if you keep pushing you’ll pass out, but how you can keep on going, even if it is rather embarrassingly slow!
We started out one Friday afternoon, driving down to the end of the Scotts Peak road, then walking round the shore of Lake Pedder for a couple of hours. We set up camp on the last rocky beach before the ascent up an openish looking spur. Though it was hard to peg the tents in very securely, it was sheltered enough and a nice little campsite.
We woke early enough and got away before 7, hoping to be up most of the uphill before it got too hot. It was part way up the climb, after I took a turn in the lead, that I discovered how unfit I was! The scrub wasn’t really that bad, just constant and a tad tiring to get up, mostly I think because of the time we wanted to make. After getting up on top, it was much easier going and we established camp a short way along the ridge by 11, ready to go again by quarter past.
This was probably the really tiring part. Little bits of scrub, more annoying for the pain inflicted on bare legs than anything else, and lots of up and down and up and down getting over the many “folds” of the range. 4 hours for 5.4km.. just to the summit (the real one, a little way past the false one, but with a tiny bit of scrub to get through). Then back again, slightly faster. Tired but elated, dinner was a quick affair before we hunkered down as the weather came in. We had been watching it all the way back, wondering if we’d beat it.
The next day we walked out, nice and easy down the scrub, even finding a few pink tapes in the forest in one section! Then the long walk along the shore and my little legs trying to keep up with the guys.. no such luck!
But we got back easily in time for lunch at the possum shed, probably doing the trip in one of the fastest times it’s been done.
One way: 16.9km