Third day of day walks, and still going strong, the target for today was Mount Faulkner. It’s been a black pin on my map of Tassie peaks for way too long, spoiling the white of the completed peaks around it. I’d always been hesitant about doing this peak, especially privately or solo, as I’d heard all the horror stories about people being shot at and chased off property. Not something I desired to experience, and I’m wary enough about walking on private property as it is.
But, when I read the Hobart Walking Club’s route description (planned for a few weeks off but on a day I have to work) I figured I’d steal it as I’d heard that you could avoid the gun-toting locals if you went from near Chigwell. It was a longer walk, with what turned out to be a 2.9km scrub bash to the summit and back from the closest part of road (800 metres as the crow flies), but I figured that was preferable!
I was lucky enough to have a friend join me, as that’s always much more reassuring, both for walking near private property and walking through scrub. Thinking it might rain later in the day, we met in Abbotsfield at 7 and started walking at 7.20. The road was good to follow initially, went through a bit of an indistinct patch where I was glad I had a rough route drawn on my gps, and then came good again. A fair bit of height is gained on the road walk, just shy of 400 metres. However there’s still nearly another 350 to go from the closest section of road, due east of the peak, through scrub.
The scrub, however, was much better than expected, and part way up we came across what I could have sworn was a track made by previous excursions to the peak. It was just too good to be true. Made for some faster going, and after some fluffing around trying to figure out where the summit was (my GPS was acting up and seemed to have deleted all its waypoints, so I was texting a good friend who was kind enough to get out of bed on a Sunday morning to go searching for coordinates!), we eventually got there.
It was a pleasant surprise to find a nice view of the Wellington range, and we stopped for a bite of morning tea, and a little chat. Going back down was easier, and we managed to stay on our ‘highway’ through the scrub. We were back down and out by 12.40. The road walk up took 45 minutes, the scrub bash up took 1 hour 50 minutes, the scrub bash down took 1 hour 40 minutes, and the road walk back 35 minutes. All up with breaks it was a nice little 5 hour 20 minute walk, over 900 metres ascent in total, and back home for lunch!
All up: 8km, 5.21hrs, 761m ascent.