Our first view of Cradle Mountain was similar to the picture at the top of this page. The weather was alternating snow showers and sunshine, and we caught glimpses of snow on the peaks of the mountains around. We signed into the walkers' log, and began the climb. Judith still looks fresh halfway up!!
This is where we spent our first night out in the wilderness.
The Scott Kilvert Memorial Hut.
On the second day, we walked across to Waterfall Valley hut in freezing conditions.
This is the newest hut in the park, and it has a bottled gas heater. Most of the others
have coal burning pot-bellied stoves. Lots of rain - lots of mud - and the tracks
have been hardened by boardwalks like this.
With everything wet... Heavy packs... Views to admire... This is one of Judith's little accidents!!!
Knees and elbows suffered on most days. Our fellow travellers and hut occupants got used to the sight of swabs and bandages. And the medical profession in Melbourne are still celebrating their good fortune, and placing orders for new BMWs !!! It's an ill wind ..... as they say!
Still raining heavily on the third day. Spectacular waterfalls to explore, and
that special Tasmanian thigh-deep mud to get through before we arrived cold and wet
at the Old Pelion Hut. The oldest hut still in use in the park - it was our refuge from the
elements that night. No heater, and some noisy rats in the walls, but at least we
could dry out a bit. Rather cosy really after a hard day, and all the other people
we had met during the day apparently decided to go on to the new Pelion hut, giving
us sole occupancy. By the way, the fireplace and chimney here are not usable.
In the morning the clouds had disappeared and this view of Mount Oakleigh was just out the door. We prepared to climb the highest mountain in Tasmania (Mount Ossa) in high spirits!
The best weather of the trip let us get spectacular views like this for 360 degrees from the summit of Mount Ossa.
After this, we walked on down to Kia Ora hut for the night.
EXPLORING NEW ZEALAND
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