Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Overland Track Day 5: Kia Ora to Bert Nichols

Wednesday 4th April 2012

On top form today, I left Kia Ora at 8.10am, in sunny cool weather. The majority of today was through rainforest.

My first stop was at a clearing where Du Cane Hut sat, before re-entering the forest.

This section has a number of side trips, to waterfalls, but I wasn’t too interested. I was on my own, and I wasn’t keen to come unstuck on a side trip, especially in the knowledge that there weren’t many others in my vicinity. I pushed on.

Soon I was ascending the 200m over 2km to Du Cane Gap, which I managed far better that I did Pelion Gap. I had hoped on a glorious view at the gap, like Pelion, but the bush put paid to that, and I was soon descending through woodland, across gnarly tree roots, to the hut.

Bert Nichols is a new hut, replacing Windy Ridge, and it does suffer from a lack of character. Once again, with just me in it, I had the luxury of spreading out.

By about 4pm, a ranger arrived! Someone to talk to! He loaned me some books on Tasmanian Flora and Fauna to while away the dark hours ahead.

Then the Cradle Hut guys dropped by. They told me they had been looking for me the previous night, to give me some leftover pizza, but in the end the Currawongs nicked it. Pizza! How the other half live! If there is ever a next time, I’ll be doing it the posh way!

Like me, they were walking out tomorrow, which was a relief because it meant the ferry would be running. All was required was to be at Narcissus Jetty by 1pm.

Had another quiet evening, reading and boiling water.

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