December 10, 2002

Milligans Peak

Also KW I - Stuart Bowling

Mary

Philip Dawson 

Lots Wife

James Down 

Little Horn, The

Brandon Lee

King Davids Peak

King Davids Peak in snow - 2004 - Sean McPhil
 
Sean McPhil

Alex Poole 

Jerusalem, Mt

Michael Boniwell 

Michael Boniwell 

Ida, Mt

Tim Hester 

David Tasker

David Tasker

High Rocky Innes

Jim Gandy - Jan 2004

Hartz Peak

Taken on a walk in June 2006 - Jamie Lawrence


Also Mt Snowy - Stuart Bowling

Todd Mazur 

Simon McLaughlin

Todd Mazur

Todd Mazur 

December 8, 2002

Bishops Peak

Looking from upper Lees paddocks. - Jay Fraser

Ben Lomond

Kent Gahan

Michael Boniwell

Michael Boniwell

Barn Bluff

Stuart Bowling

Len Newton

Len Newton

As viewed from the Overland Track - Jay Fraser

Acropolis

Summit Block. 2002. - Jay Fraser

Even Closer to the summit block - Jay Fraser
David Tasker 


August 10, 2002

Winter at Frenchmans Cap

Details

Date: August 10th to 15th, 2002
Written by: Brendan , edited by Allan, member of the 1996 winter trip.
The Team: Brendan, Brandon, Evan, Willie, Rosie, David, Jeremy, Samara and Maurice.
Frenchmans Cap: 7 Points
Sharlands Peak: 2 Points
Clytemnestra: 4 Points
White Needle: No Points
Bulmers Bluff: No Points
Philps Peak: 4 Points
Introduction
Revisiting one of my favorite winter destinations is one not to be missed. It would be my sixth trip to "The Cap", and apart from Maurice, the rest of the team would be making the trip for there first time.
Friday 9TH, Driving from Launceston to Derwent Bridge
The first car left Launceston at 5:15pm in the evening, arriving at Derwent Bridge at 7:50pm. A meal was obtained from the Wilderness Hotel with the usual gruffness but the food was reasonably good.
We stayed overnight at the Derwent Bridge Chalet's - run by Murray Jessop - Where we received wonderful service. The cost per night is between $30 to $49. We slept in a double story unit called 'Olympus'.
Saturday 10th, Walk start to Vera Hut (8 1/2 hours, tough walking)
By 8am we had left the chalet, and arrived at the walk start around 8:30am. After the traditional team photographs, we hit the track at 9:00am.
Out on the track, we quickly became quite strung-out, however we had the advantage of radio contact between the various groups. The "sodden Lodden" lived up to it's name, by lunch stop at 1pm most of the team was covered in mud.
We made radio contact with the front group as we neared the end of the plains. They had organized for David to continue on to the hut to get the stove fired up, while the other three would drop back down the hill to help carry our packs. The rendezvous was made at the bridge over Philps Creek.
The final section through to Vera Hut was completed shortly before 5.30pm. It had been a long 8 1/2 hours on the track and we were all very glad to reach journey’s end. It was probably the longest first day walk into Vera Hut that I’d ever had to endure. Most of us were very weary, but I’d tried to make it clear to everyone that this was always going to be the toughest day and that things would improve in subsequent days.
Sunday 11th, Rest day for some, White Needle and Philps Peak for others (9 Hours)
We awoke to over cast conditions that made the prospect of a rest day in the hut most appealing. However, in true peak-bagging spirit, five of us prepared to set out on our planned objective. So at 9am and in light rain, we set off to White Needle and Philps Peak via Barron Pass.
Along the lake, I noted with admiration all of the recent track work. In places, steps had been cut into logs of fallen huon pine and placed in position.
At Barron Pass we looked for a route below the western cliffs of the White Needle but such a great loss of height loomed that we gave this idea away and began looking for a more direct route up through the cliff face. David’s hands had now become very cold and he decided to head back down to the hut. I was similarly cold and favored following him down. Brandon’s forays up the rock revealed that there were a couple of difficult sections to negotiate before easier ground was reached. Weighing this up, along with the prospect of further deteriorating weather and my increasingly cold hands, I decided to give the climb away. I watched the others progress for some time from Barron Pass, wished them well over the 2-way, and followed David’s footprints back down towards Lake Vera.
The bubble of domestic hut life was broken around 2pm when the boys radioed in from the summit of Philps. This was exciting news, as it meant they had successfully negotiated the ‘unknown’ section of the circuit between White Needle and Philps Peak. They favoured closing the circuit by returning via Bulmers Bluff.
We were not able to get radio contact again till late in the afternoon, close to 5.45pm. By then, Brandon had made it back onto the main walking track on the high plain about 10 minutes from the hut. At 6pm they all arrived back, tired but obviously pleased with what they’d achieved.
Monday 12th, Vera Hut to Tahune Hut (3 Hours, medium walking)
Around 7.50am we departed.
Evan made the fastest climb of the day, arriving in 1 hour 20 minutes from the hut to Barron Pass. Conditions at Barron Pass were once again poor with nothing to see amidst the bleak surroundings.
Climbing out of Artichoke Valley we continued towards Tahune Hut, arriving at 10.55am.
The track work around the lake and up to the pass had obviously aided our progress. I was also impressed by our performance, especially considering the 20 minute break we’d taken at Barron Pass.
Maurice decided that he was up to the side trip to Clytemnestra and he set off with Brandon at 1.30pm. We were able to talk with them via the radio as far as ‘Chatwin’s Crack.’ (A feature of the ascent where the track goes between a narrow cleft in the rock. We’d given it the name in 1996, in honor of one of our summit team). Once communication was lost we knew that the next possible opportunity would be from the summit of Frenchmans Cap on the following day.
Tuesday 13TH, Summit Day (4 hours climbing)
It was summit day and summit days are always great days! Although I was looking at climbing the mountain for my sixth time, I still felt really excited at the prospect. I walked outside the hut and peered up at the great monolith. As expected, it was covered in mist. However, three or four inches of fresh snow lay on the ground around the hut. It was just what we had hoped for!
Our team motto for this trip was. 'One up, all up.' We were going to do this as a team. After some discussion we all decided to attempt the climb.
We left at 9.30am. As we gained some height we were able to look down and observe that Lake Tahune was partially frozen over. When we reached the point where the North Col Route diverged from the standard summer route we had a parting of the ways. Jez decided on the North Col Route while the rest us chose the other route. We found it hard to locate the correct route as it zig-zagged up the side of the face. There were no visible snow stakes and all cairns were obviously hidden under the snow. Faint recollections from the last trip in 1999 helped me a little but it was largely a case of just picking what appeared the most likely route upwards and following that.
We regrouped on the rim of the plateau and set off together for the summit. David had the camera out and was able to film our final triumphant steps. It was 11.45am and, although slow, we’d had a great time ascending the Cap.
Brandons voice broke on the 2-way radio. By his estimate they were just some thirty minutes away from the top of Clytemnestra. All was going well. They’d found the cave, had a good night and were not having any problems with their route-finding. We congratulated them on their efforts and signed off.
The descent was rapid. Evan leapt over the edge and we watched his quick slide to the base of the slope. His survival encouraged more of us to give it a go.
By 1.45pm we were all back at the hut, so completing a very successful and enjoyable day. It was most satisfying to have achieved the goal of our team motto for the trip of ‘one up, all up.’
Dinner coincided with a call over the 2-way from Brandon to say that Maurice and he were at Chatwin’s Crack and would be down in about thirty minutes. Their trip had gone very well and a good night had been spent in the bivvy cave. Maurice couldn't find any evidence of anyone else visiting in the three years since he’d been there with Shaun. Talk of the cave provided us with much of the evening’s entertainment as we began a game of ‘Name the Cave.’ It was Rosie’s offering of ‘Poore’s Penthouse’ - Shaun Poore had found it in 1999 - that eventually got the unanimous vote. So ‘Poore’s Penthouse’ it will forever be!
Wednesday 14th, Sharlands Peak
Peak-bagging ambitions still remained. We were keen to climb Sharlands Peak. I was happy to be the guide despite having been to the top a few times before. In return, Brandon agreed to take me up White Needle.
As we climbed out of Artichoke Valley the rest of the team caught up with us. At the point where we were to drop our big packs we spent considerable time with the cameras out, taking in the spectacular views that were appearing through the rapidly clearing mist. The view ahead of the White Needle emerging from the mist was breathtaking indeed!
Heading over the ridge to begin the climb up the lower slopes of Sharlands Peak. We managed to successfully negotiate the icy incline and climb onto the summit for great views.
Thursday 15th, Vera hut to highway then drive to Launceston
We all head down to the helipad for a team photo. We’d done the same thing in 1996, 1997 and 1999 Winter trips to Frenchmans Cap.
By 9:00am most of the team where on the track, heading to the highway. Brandon was first to the finish line in a time under 4.5 hours. The other four had been another 20 minutes behind.
After hot chips and hamburgers from the Derwent Bridge Takeaway shop. It was a further 2.5 hours before we arrived back in Launceston, just before 7pm.
It had been a great trip with a really good team. At the start, I’d had a fear in the back of my mind that, after so many successful winter trips to the Cap, I must be due for a failure. But it had not happened. In fact, it had been one of the best trips ever into Frenchmans Cap and I’d really enjoyed sharing the mountain with a large new group of friends on their first trip in the area. It had been an entirely new experience for ones like Willie and Rosie, requiring much unfamiliar physical effort, which meant that their achievement in reaching the summit had been particularly impressive. For me, I asked the question, "Will this addiction we have ever end?" 



July 20, 2002

Mt Parsons and Mt Baudin

Marian Harradine 
Saturday 20th July 2002.
Weather fine, mostly sunny, breezy.
We parked the car at Sleepy Bay, (Freycinet Peninsula) at 10am. We were aiming to get to Mt Dove from Mt Parsons, but were not too certain that we would be able to do that today.
We set off at a good pace, locating the track from Sleepy Bay and starting the climb up to Parsons. At first it was easy to see cairns everywhere, even where they were not meant to be, but gradually our main navigation came from some old, faded white broad lines on the rocks. We had climbed Mt Parsons before and loved it, as it is very panoramic once height is gained, and it is also a little challenging in part, climbing up and over rocks in airy places.
One place in particular on our first ascent freaked me out just looking at where the painted lines went, until Brian went across and up and assured me I would be able to do it, and to just keep my eyes on my hands and feet or up ahead. It was Mt Parsons that helped me gain confidence on rock that I did not have before that first ascent.
We got to the top of Mt Parsons at 11.05, in good time. We looked about for some more markings on the rocks to go further, as we had seen them on our earlier visits but never followed them down the gully, which had little trees and scrub growing in it, towards the next higher rocky peak.
We soon found them and we followed them down into a gully and then up again. It took us 25 minutes just getting down and up the gully. We climbed up chimneys, and narrow gutters and along open rock face. Always there was that lovely panorama around us, below, and in the distance. And we were very happy to see the faint marks on the rocks continuing on.
There were some interesting helps up the rocks, besides the well placed strong shrubs and roots. One place in particular we had a fairly long drop off a rock with no foot holds except a young small gum tree below, growing a few feet from the rock. We had to trust that it would hold our weight and hope we would not have to come back that way. We also had to walk through a split in a huge rock. One wouldn't want to be too large in girth or one might get stuck doing that.
We eventually reached the top of the first peak of Mt Dove at 12.25. We found out later that, as from 2001, this peak has now been called Mt Baudin, as it is quite distinctive in its own right, maybe even more so than Mt Dove, although that is higher. Just before you get to the top of Mt Baudin there is a large cavern under a huge rock, which is interesting. Camp fire remains showed that others had found it interesting.
We followed the track a little way on and then to our great disappointment found a painted sign on a rock saying END. We hoped it was not so, but after searching around found nothing conclusive, so reluctantly decided we would have to try again another time as we thought we would be short of time this time. We are not too confident finding our way without marks or tracks through the rocks and boulders. A dab of paint on the rocks would have been great.
Anyway, we had our lunch in a very scenic spot on Mt Baudin that was also a bit sheltered from the wind. We left for the return journey at 1.30.
We took it slowly, knowing we had plenty of time, and we managed to negotiate all the hairy bits again with not too much trouble, including our little gum tree. We got back to the top of Mt Parsons at 2.45 and back to the car park at 4pm. A very scenic enjoyable walk.

April 14, 2002

Mt Charles

Marian Harradine
Sunday, 14th April, 02.
19 km return, 5hrs 20 min taken.
We were going to climb Mt Picton, but as we were on the way to Huonville, we noticed the mountain tops were hanging in cloud and decided to leave it for another day.
Our next bet was to climb Mt Charles and Mt Patrick, but by the time we got to Myrtle Forest it was a bit late for the two so we aimed to climb Mt Charles.
We left Myrtle Forest at 12.20, and got to the Collins' Cap turn off after the second creek crossing after about 18 minutes.
At 12.49 after another 500 metres of steep climbing, we got to the 4WD track, Collin's Cap trail and turning left, walked for 20 minutes to the junction and turned right into East West Trail at 1.09.
As we got to the bottom of the decline there is a Y junction, the main left trail goes to a turnoff to Mountain River and on past Trestle Mountain. The right of the junction is a shortcut, an old 4WD track which is now closed to vehicular traffic, which crosses a little creek before climbing to rejoin the main trail 10 minutes later.
We took the shortcut and continued on, Collin's Bonnet behind us and Trestle Mountain to the left of us. It was very pleasant walking along there, with plenty of bird's songs around. We met some people there who were from Western Australia and had come to Tasmania to pick apples and who loved to bushwalk while they were here. They had come from Mountain River. We suggested that while they were so close they should go up Collins Bonnet and gave them directions.
After a while we came across the Ringwood Trail turnoff on the right of the track. By this time it was 1.43. At 1.49 we came to the Mt Marian turnoff cairn for the climb up Mt Marian which we had been to on a previous occasion. We continued on for another 40 minutes, sometimes climbing steeply and sometimes descending steeply, but quite pleasant walking.
We then came to a big bend where we were closest to Mt Charles and we saw a clearing and a cairn, which marked the ascent up Mt Charles. It was 2.30 There was not a proper track, but various tracks which died out. We went through the thick vegetation for about ten minutes and then came to a rocky area which we followed up to the top of Mt Charles, another 25 minutes of climbing. It was 3.05 when we got to the top.
We stayed up there for about 10 minutes before returning down the mountain at 3.15 in a similar way to going up. It took us half an hour to get down back to the trail, along another clear area a bit further along the road from where the cairn that we started from was. We thought that might have been an easier way to go up next time.
The next ten minutes were pretty steep up and then it was up and down. By 4.50 we were back at the Y junction and on the Collin's Cap Trail by 5.00. We got to the track back to Myrtle Forest at 5.12 and to the car at 5.40. A long but good walk.

March 11, 2002

Three Peaks day

Marian Harradine
Monday 11th March 2002. (Long weekend)
Collins Bonnet, Trestle Mountain and Collins Cap from Myrtle Forest. Total time: 5 1/2 hrs
I contemplated doing an afternoon trek to Trestle Mountain as I had not been there before.
I left home at 1.05 and started the walk from Myrtle Forest at 1.30. It was a warm day at home, about 26 degrees when I left but it was a bit cooler up there.
After I had been climbing for 20 minutes I came to the area where the Collins Bonnet track goes one way, left, and the Collins Cap track goes the other, right. However I managed to miss the Collins Cap track, as it is now a deviation, rather than the Collins Bonnet being the deviation as it used to be from memory.
So up to Collins Bonnet I went. It was a good ten minutes before I realised my mistake.
I got to the East-West track at 2.25. I fiddled about a bit there for about 8 minutes. They have rebuilt the old hut, which is near where I hit the track. It is a more effective emergency shelter now.
I decided to climb Collins Bonnet first and then see how I went. I got to the start of the track at 2.40 and to the top at 2.55. There were lovely views, but a bit of smoke haze to the west and north. It was very windy up there and after 5 minutes I descended back to the East-West track.
I walked back past the hut and the cairn that marked where I got to the road, getting there at about 3.20. From there the road descended quite steeply for a good kilometre. Trestle Mountain soon became visible up ahead.
At 3.32 I got to the Collins Cap fire trail junction and then continued going down for another 8 minutes before the road started sloping up again as we neared the Mountain River trail junction. This had a sign on it to say it was impassable due to extreme washouts.
A couple of minutes later, at 3.48, I came to the starting cairn of the Trestle Mountain ascent. The track, though not too clear, was not too bad, a bit in all directions here and there. I thought my gaiters might have come in handy but I did not have them with me. After climbing quite steeply up the slope, it gradually became more rocky with a lot of slippery scree further up. Cairns started to be a bit more frequent, but not always easy to see. Collins Bonnet looked pretty impressive across the valley.
Along the top of Trestle Mountain is a long ridge of tall jagged dolorite columns. I lost the cairns when I got to the first of the high columns. I went to the left of the top, rather than the right. I eventually picked my way over to the top of a section of the columns to the other side, and found some cairns which, on following, led me eventually up to the highest point, which was a column sticking up a bit higher than the others. It was a bit of a scramble in the last bits, but not difficult.
The top was reached at 4.20. It was blowing quite fiercely up there so I did not stand on the top but squatted down low. Views were pretty similar to Collins Bonnet, except Collins Bonnet looked spectacular as mentioned previously. Also an interesting view of Mt Montague. Mt Anne and Mt Field West and Florentine Peak were visible but not as clear as earlier at Collins Bonnet. The weather was starting to cloud over that way and also south of Huonville.
I left the top at 4.30 and, keeping the cairns in sight, made a more direct and quicker return down and back to the road, getting there at 4.52. By then it was cloudy but very pleasant walking.
I made my way back up towards the Collins Cap fire trail, getting there at 5.05. This part was also very enjoyable, as was the walk back down to the start of the ascent up Collins Cap or the descent to Myrtle Forest. I got there at 5.22. I then decided that I might as well nick up Collins Cap as well and do the trio.
The track up was very good in comparison to Trestle Mt. It was very enjoyable too with good views soon evident. I reached the top at 5.45. Lovely views of the New Norfolk and the Derwent River and east of Hobart. The west was closing in and Mt Anne disappeared in the rain as I watched.
I left the top of Collins Cap at 5.50. Got to the first 4wd track at 6.07. I walked a little way along to the south on it to see where it went. I started the descent to Myrtle Forest at 6.15, got to the place where the track meets the Collins Bonnet track at 6.28 and got back to the car at 6.40. I was jogging parts of the way as it was easier than walking. The trails and tracks are typical Wellington Park, very stoney, a bit hard on the feet.
Myrtle Forest to East-West trail: 55 minutes
From there to start of Collins Bonnet ascent: 6 minutes. Collins Bonnet ascent: 15 minutes
Point of contact on East-West trail to Collins Cap trail junction: 12 minutes
Collins Cap trail junction to Mountain River junction: 13 minutes
To Trestle Mt ascent cairn: 3 minutes From there to the top: 32 minutes (descent took 22 minutes)
Collins Cap trail junction to Collins Cap walking track junction: 17 minutes
Collins Cap ascent from there: 23 minutes (descent took 17 minutes)
4wd trail to junction of Collins Cap and Collins Bonnet walking track: 13 minutes (probably 25 minutes up)
To car park at Myrtle Forest: 12 minutes (20 minutes going up)

March 1, 2002

Florentine Peak

Marian Harradine


Started walk at 12.30. There were a lot of cars in the carpark as it was long weekend and lovely weather.
After leaving the Urquhart track to the left of Lake Dobson car park we went up the steep ascent of the 4WD track. We went up here in November but were surprised at how much fitter we were than now, after a summer of bushwalking, as the steep ascent did not bother us at all.
The track winded its way through light bush to a duck board track. We got to the top of the ski slopes near Rodman Range at 1.16pm. It became more rocky from then on up Rodway Range and we rock hopped along rocks and boulders. This led to the part of the range called Lions Den, a sort of a rocky amphitheatre, and on to the amazing views of the west and southern mountains at about 1.33pm. Then some more boulder hopping down K Col.
It was a perfect day, sunny and clear, not too hot for walking and it was just lovely up there. The views to the south west peaks. Mt Wedge, Mt Picton, Mt Anne, Federation Peak, Arthur Ranges, were excellent.
We got to the track junction at the bottom of K Col at 2.03pm. We met quite a few people on the track.
We got to Petersen Hut a few minutes later, and five minutes after that, near Clemes Tarn, we left the track and headed for Florentine Peak negotiating the slopes of the range. There was no track there, but low vegetation and seeing where you are aiming to go makes navigation fairly simple. You need to aim for the furthest darker rock part of the mountain. After that two more nobs obscure the true top.
It would have been handy to have had a track though, as we climbed up three nobs, before we came to the highest point. It was enjoyable nonetheless, as the views were amazing where ever we went.
We got to the true top of Florentine Peak at 3.55 and enjoyed the beautiful views of mountain range after mountain range and could also see the Mt Wellington range for a change as the whole of the summer it seemed to be always shrouded in cloud.
We left the top at 4.20 pm and, aiming to sidle round the nobs we had climbed up on the way up, we made much quicker time coming back to the track - 55 minutes as against an hour and thirty minutes up.
We got back to the track at 5.15, the hut at 5.20 and the car by 7.00. It had been a most enjoyable walk, one of the best this year, and we have had some good ones.

February 2, 2002

Mount Field East Circuit

Allan Wise

Driving

There are two carparks - 3 to 5 car spaces - to start the approach to Mount Field West. Both carparks stem from the main road to the ski village.
Lower carpark to Lake Nicholls and Nicholls Hut - 40 minutes
A steady hill rises for the first 20 minutes. Trees are thinly spread all around. It then flattens out for a further 20 minutes walk, till the hut is reached. The Hut is next to the lake, hence it's name. It is of good construction and would sleep 6 people comfortably.

Hut to summit - 1 hour

The track now rises, on a steady grade, for 30 minutes. It flattens for a further 30 minutes where the summit is reached. the track is of excellent condition, obviously well walked. It is large and made of medium size rocks, with dirt between.

Summit

From the top you can see down the valley, towards Bushy Park. In the other direction, views are of Mt Field West and Rodway Range.

Summit end of Windy Moor - 1 hour

This section is flat and although it is a boggy, wet, moor, te section is easy to navigate. Good views can be had back to the summit block.

Windy Moor to Fenton Lake and carpark - 1 hour

This section is of a steady grade, with medium size rocks to navigate around. Trees are thinly spread. Lake Fenton, which is close to the carpark, is one of Hobart's fresh water supply points. The weir and pump house was built in 1936.
We walked the circuit but you can walk up and back the same way. The circuit is a top day walk, one I highly recommend. 

January 31, 2002

Mt Anne return day walk - 31st January 2002.

Marian Harradine 
31st January 2002.
Mt Anne 1425m
10 hours 35 minutes including long stops on Mt Anne and Mt Eliza.
Its about an hour and a half drive from Hobart to the start of the walk along Scotts Peak Road and the Mt Anne carpark . It was a lovely clear morning and 3 degs; but some misty cloud soon developed around Mt Ann and Eliza.
We started walking at 7.15 and the first 400 meters was mostly duckboard, and then the climbing began, getting to the first knoll after 15 minutes and the shoulder that descends slightly before ascending to Mt Eliza at 7.52. The track up to the high camp hut is well formed with stone steps built and duckboards and other boards.
The views of Lake Pedder and the Western Arthurs were just lovely once we started climbing, We were happy about the cloud cover as it kept us cool for the steep walk up. We got to High Camp Hut at 8.45 after climbing 700 meters over 3.6km. Another 240 meter climb over mostly boulders and rocks bought us to the trig on top of Mt Eliza at 9.15. When we got to the trig on Mt Eliza there were great views as the clouds had lifted near us, although Mt Anne was still shrouded in cloud.
We caught up with two young fellows at the trig and they went on the track to Mt Anne and we went to look at Lake Judd going east to the edge of the plateau
There was running water there too, going over the cliff down to Lake Judd, as they had a heavy fall of rain overnight in the hut and around the whole area
We headed off north and joined the track to Mt Ann on the open plateau at about 9.48 and headed north east, passing little tarns and negotiating muddy sections and rocky sections on the relatively flat track. After about 40 minutes (10.30), the last 15 minutes of which was going downwards over another boulder field we reached the circuit track junction.
We pressed on towards Mt Anne and got to the start of the last ascent at about 11.15. We found the two young fellows there looking a bit perplexed as they were sure that the cairns were not going to the top as it looked impossible to follow without high risks. This was a bit offputting so we waited a while for another group to arrive as they could be seen on their way up too.
After about 10 minutes two girls arrived and assured us that it was the way up. One of them had done the ascent only 6 months earlier.
They scrambled up the rocks on the right very quickly and disappeared so I quickly followed before I had second thoughts. We had to climb up that first scramble with hands, knees and feet. Then we walked, keeping low, to our left along the down sloping rock to another scramble up, with which I had some difficulty until I discovered a good hand hold just behind my left shoulder which gave me good leverage up. After that we followed the cairns through to the other side (north) of the rocky ascent where we had to sidle across some more down sloping rock with long drops below. It was not really difficult if eyes were kept on the solid rock rather than the drop. That led to a path, which seemed to go round the rocks and then stopped, but it was a false trail. We decided to try another scramble up a hand, knees and feet section that had a cairn on top and saw then that someone had scratched an arrow onto the rock and another one further along which was most helpful. After that it was easy to the top. The last section up took about twenty five minutes - it seemed a lot less. It was lovely up there. Good views but not perfect visibility.
We signed the logbook and stayed for nearly 2 hours as the views were improving by the hour. The Western Arthurs and Federation Peak and Precipitous Bluff were all visible. We could see nothing much east, too hazy. Lake Pedder below looked lovely, as did the mountains to the west and north of us.
Eventually, at about 1.45 we left. There had been seven others up there and gone in the time we were up there . Three more had decided not to try it to the top as they felt uncomfortable with the rocky heights The views improved as we walked back along the plateau.
We got back to the trig on Mt Eliza at 3.50 and stayed there for a snack and to admire the view for another 25 minutes, rather reluctant to leave. Fenchmans Cap was in the haze until we came back to the trig on Mt Eliza and then it cleared looking great with Sharlands Peak and Philps Peak and Barons Pass quite easy to see.
We left Mt Eliza at 4.15, back to High Camp hut at 4.45, arriving at the car park at 5.50.
Time taken:
4 hours 40 minutes up
4 hours 5 minutes return


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