Going down the mountain (January 2018)

I took my friends Mel, Josh and Tara to the summit of Mount Wellington/kunanyi with the intent of hiking down to my car in Collins St in the CBD. We’d mapped out the following path: From the summit to the Ice House Track via the South Wellington Track Follow the Ice House Track down to…

Fortescue Bay to Bivouac Bay (January 2018)

We’d planned on hiking the oft-forgotten Arthur’s Peak, but when the ranger on-site was pointing out that they hadn’t maintained the unmarked trail for over two years, we instead opted to head out to Bivouac Bay. The Tasman Peninsula is always a great spot to jaunt around, and this is a trail that (mostly) keeps…

Mount Misery (December 2017)

This is a walk that (partially) lives up to its name – the final plateau and approach to the summit* are certainly a miserable sort of terrain, potentially exacerbated by the overcast gloom I experienced today. It is certainly quite an impressive landscape up there, with views reaching south of the Huon Valley, but after…

Gordon Dam (and a failed Mt. Field West) (October 2017)

So today Mel and I attempted Mt. Field West for the second time, only neither of us thought to check the snow situation – we only got as far as the end of the Urquhart Track, where we found a rad snowman with a hipster scarf made of bark – so we created a little…

Glencoe, Scotland (April 2017)

Departing with the Tasmanian focus of this page for a post here, to show a hike I went on with my sister Erica while visiting her in Scotland. We went out to the stunningly impressive Glencoe, and made an attempt at accessing The Lost Valley, which is apparently the valley wherein the Macdonald clan hid…

Mt Rufus – Shadow Lake Circuit (March 2017)

The Mt Rufus – Shadow Lake circuit is a lengthy walk, coming in at 18km according to the signs, and 23km according to my FitBit. I’m inclined to trust the cartographers more than my fancy pedometer, but it feels nicer to bemoan the tired limbs with the higher kilometre count. And despite it’s reasonable length,…

Hartz Peak – Third Time Lucky (March 2017)

So after my first attempt was beaten back by the weather, and my second attempt was beaten by tantrum-inducing levels of snow, I made it down with Mel today to finally get to the summit – and succeeded! We started super early to avoid the heat forecast for today (32ºC or 89.6ºF for you insane…

Mt. Paris Dam (January 2017)

The Mt. Paris Dam was built in the 1936 as the “Morning Star Dam” and connected to the Mt. Paris Mine. The mine closed in 1961, and as the dam had been mostly empty since 1970, it was officially decommissioned in 1985 and had holes blasted through the wall to allow the Cascade River to…

Brown’s Cave (January 2017)

In the historic site of Chauncy Vale, there’s a small and very easy track that leads to Brown’s Caves, a series of small caves that are worthy of a little exploration, before setting of further to explore the area (which I deigned not to do this time around)

South Cape Bay (November 2016)

All in all, we ended up trekking about 19km on this walk. While the trail itself is mostly flat, largely duck-boarded and easy to navigate, it is mostly out in the open, so I recommend a hat! Stunning cliff-side views aside, it’s very cool to get to the end of a hike and think “there’s nothing…

Quamby Bluff (October 2016)

Quamby Bluff is an odd climb, alternating between barren (albeit impressive) rock scree and cool forest that typifies an ‘enchanted wood’ setting. It’s an almost entirely uphill climb, but gentle enough to not be too much of a challenge. The views from the top were great, but today was fairly hazy so seeing off into the…

Fluted Cape (October 2016)

For Mel’s birthday we took off to Bruny Island to climb Fluted Cape. It was a great walk, though I wasn’t expecting it to be quite such a steep ascent to the high point – my calves felt like concrete for days!