Sunday, 8 April 2012

Overland Track Day 3: Windermere to New Pelion

Monday 2nd April 2012

The longest distance today; 16.75km, and I was up at first light.

I was in my element! Moorland and mist for the early part of the morning, it could have been Dartmoor with duckboards, for all I knew! The air was cool, perfect for walking, and I happily ate up the distance across Pine Forest Moor, popping in and out of woodland.

There was no view to be seen at the Forth Valley Lookout, so on I went, into more forest. 

I then reappeared into more open moor, where the mountains were laid out before me.

I could even see, in the distance, what appeared to be a large hut on the edge of a forest, looking out onto a vast grassy plain; this had to be New Pelion Hut. But seeing it, it was still a good few hours away.

I also spotted the Cradle Hut party, and eventually passed them just before Pelion Creek.

This next section, to Frog Flats, was a lengthy twisting and turning traverse around Mount Pelion West, through wet woodland. It took over an hour to finally reach the Flats.

Next up, was a climb, on boggy trail, up to Pelion Plains. I was now exhausted, and the sight of New Pelion Hut was a welcome one.

I was rattling around this large hut. With a full quota of Overlanders behind me, I expected some to skip Windermere, as the others had done, but no, not even a Ranger was close by.

Still, I enjoyed the solitude, and looked out at the vista of Mount Oakley, the other side of the plain, and when the sun had set, I made dinner, sorted my water supplies for the next day, then bed, listening to the hut creaking like a haunted house.