November 17, 2011

Spotting a Platypus?

Many of us head out on a trip hoping to see wildlife. Here in Australia, our special treat is getting to see a platypus.
There is something very appealing about then. These little creatures just seem to go about their day without a care in the world. If they are not tucked away in their nest, you will see them searching for food or cruising around their territory hunting for something to eat.

Over at Our Hiking Blog there are some articles and great pictures of platypus that were taken on trips into lovely, pristine places. We thought you might enjoy a quick peek.

A couple of years ago we were training for the Overland Track with a group of friends and had a lovely visitor drop by our lunch spot.

Koji was staying at the Scout Hut near Crater Lake in Tasmania. On the way back to Ronny Creek carpark he saw a platypus in a little creek along the boardwalk. Great shots!

Cain grabbed a fantastic image of a platypus swimming in a stream with pieces of snow. Brrr. This is our favourite image yet.

Over at there is a free guide and daywalk map that highlights some great spots to see a platypus. It is well worth a look. You do need to register but the information is fantastic.
If you have any platypus shots and would like them published on Our Hiking Blog, shoot us an email. We love to share them with our readers.

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Until next time,

Frank and Sue Wall

September 27, 2011 interesting articles

There is a multitude of fabulous boots out there, some designed for specific jobs, and others 'all rounders'.  It would take an age to go through all the pros and cons of the huge range available, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind when shopping for new boots.

Three things can help you choose boots that are the best possible fit to your foot.

Looking after your hiking or outdoor boots
You invested time getting to know your feet and finding fabulous new hiking boots that fit and are just what you need. The trick now is to keep your boots in tip top order with correct waterproofing, cleaning, drying, and storing.

March 15, 2011

Slatters Peak

Needle Rock in the foreground with Slatters Peak & Lake King William beyond. - Stuart Bowling, March 2011

March 14, 2011

Untracked Loddon Range

Stuart Bowling

A group of 5 us had a superb weekend on the rarely visited & untracked Loddon Range on the weekend of the 5/6 March 2011.

This little range is located to the west of the King William Range, south of the Lyell Highway near Mt Arrowsmith  and is the last significant dolerite range before the Frenchmans Cap region.

Our departure point was a fairly arbitrary location on the Lyell Highway, descending steeply to the, thankfully, not too swollen, Surprise River. An icy wade across here led us uphill through fairly open forest to Eucryphia Lead, a long forested & in places scrubby spur leading up toward the lower summit of Ronald Cross.

Lunch on the tops & the views in all directions were simply spectacular, a cloudless blue bird sky greeting us after several days of snow during the week prior. Our designated camp site was originally to be Needle Rock Tarn, but soon after the summit of Ronald Cross we came across a flat, sheltered area with enough water to last us our short stay and access to spectacular views to the west, Frenchamns Cap in particular dominant.

After setting up camp here it was a long and often arduous traverse south along the Loddon range to the high point; we pretty much followed the broken dolerite ridge tops all the way along in a vain attempt to avoid the wiry alpine scrub which choked everything, particularly annoying as linking sections of rock & scree to gain pace was near impossible. Still, after 2 hours we reached both summits (6m height separating the 2 so we visited both) for amazing views to the Prince of Wales, Spires & King William Ranges and to the west the remote valleys of the Jane River & beyond to Frenchmans Cap. Just under 2 hours on the return leg saw us back at our little camp site just on dusk, exhausted after a 10 hourish day but treated to a beautiful clear sunset over the Cap to the west.

Next day was a lazy start as we had done the hard yards the previous day, so we just had the descent down the lead to deal with & the odd spot of scrub. The river level had dropped, so an easier wade led us to the final climb back up to the Lyell Highway, a change of clothes & a hungry team pit stop at the Hungry Wombat at Derwent Bridge. It was a great 2 day adventure to some truly remote, untracked & rarely visited country.

Mt Ronald Cross (right) & the Loddon Range from the Lyell Highway - Eucryphia Lead to the right. 
Looking south along the Loddon Range; Needle Rock Tarn & King William Range in distance. 
Looking back (north) along the Loddon range; trickier terrain than it looks, & scrubbier. 
A nice flat, sheltered camp site with water & views - can't ask for much more! 
Crossing the icy Surprise River 

Looking south from Loddon Bluff to some very wild & remote country. 

Lunch on the tops; Mt Gell the prominence in the distance. 

Needle Rock, Slatters Peak & Lake King William. 

Ronald Cross & Scoparia Lake. 

Sunset over Frenchmans Cap. 

March 13, 2011

Hartz Peak - Tasmania's best day walk

Click for larger image. This sign is at the start of the walk
Written by: Allan Wise
Walk date: 14-March-2011

Hartz peak would be one of my favourite day walks. We had great weather and the views from the summit where fantastic. We could clearly see Federation Peak and Precipitous Bluff to the west. To the east we see the Huon River entry to the ocean.

It took about 1.5 hours to drive to the Hartz Peak car park. It's easy to find because there are signs all the way. In essence you head towards Tahune Air Walk and turn off from that road about 16 km's out when you see a sign to Hartz Peak.

The walk takes about 3-4 hours return and it is fairly easy with a high quality track. As with all walks in Tasmania a word of warning "nothing is easy in bad weather". There is a plaque about one third along the walk dedicated to two men who perished in foul weather many years ago.

The walkers registration day hut at start of walk

The Hartz Peak car park

The approach to summit. The mound in the middle is Hartz Peak

February 3, 2011

One-man tent give away

We are giving this tent away for the best trip story of the season.

find our more at the Wildtiger Authors page.

January 13, 2011

Connoisseurs Peak Bagging List

Developed by Stuart Bowling, Paul Geeves and Martin Doran. The Connoisseurs Peak Bagging List is the cream of the crop. A more enjoyable, more do-able list. The connoisseurs selection of Tasmanian peaks.

View the Connoisseurs Peak Bagging List

HWC Peak Baggers List

The ‘official’ HWC Peak Baggers list. Completed by only 2 people, Dave Harris & Paul Geeves. Dr Phil Dawson is very close. Thanks to Stuart Bowling  the list has been placed into a handy spreadsheet format, so you to can keep a track of your own Tasmanian peak bagging score!

How good a peak bagger are you?   

Points CollectedYour Peak-Bagger Title
< 50 Points Downright Idle
50 - 99 Points Member of Old Lags Brigade
100 - 199 Points Dishonourable Peak-Bagger
200 - 399 Points Honourable Peak-Bagger
400 - 599 Points Peak-Bagger Extraordinary
600 > Points Peak-Bagger Supreme

January 12, 2011

Mt Field Hut

Kate Chatfield

Belcher Hut

Kate Chatfield

Kate Chatfield

Kate Chatfield

Gallery : Water Falling by Clayton Bevis

Clayton Bevis's water falling photo gallery. Yes, this is why people go into the bush.

Little Fisher River
Cascades Westmorland Falls
Gads Creek

Gads Creek

Old Flume Westmorland Falls
Little Fisher
Little Fisher

Lake Rowallan

Clayton Bevis

Clayton Bevis

Rinadeena Falls (Little Fisher Falls)

Clayton Bevis

Westmorland Falls

Clayton Bevis 

January 3, 2011

Tasmanian Mountains

By Keith Brown
The list incorporates the peaks listed under the Peak Baggers Guides (refs below) and a list of Abelettes and other peaks that may be of interest.  Abels and Abelettes have a drop of 150m on all sides, the former being over 1100m high.
The sources of information include:
1.      Tasmap publications.  I have done a first hand search of the 1:25 000 maps followed by a reference check to the other sources indicated below.  Most 1:25 000 maps are based on AGD66 or AGD84 with a few upgraded to the new GDA94 (these are indicated in the list).  The new GDA94 causes a shift in grid co-ordinates to the previous datum.  To convert AGD66/84 1:25 000 maps to a GDA94, approximately 112m is added to the Eastings (+ .001) and 183m is added to the Northings (+ .002).
2.      Peak Baggers Guides : {First listed area / value} Article by Tim Christie, A Peak Bagger's Guide to Tasmania,  The Tasmanian Tramp, 1968:18 and modified by Geoff Morffew, Peak-Bagger's Guide revised,  The Tasmanian Tramp.   {Second listed area / value}  2000 by Geoff Morffew and David Hardy [Tasmanian Tramp No. 33-2000]
3.      The Abels, Tasmania's Mountains Over 1100 m High, Wilkinson, Bill – Regal Publications, Launceston.
Anticipate an error factor of  +/-  .002 in the coordinates stated for the datum [For "ranges" these may differ quite a bit more].

Illustration of Tasmanian Co-ordinates and Tasmap references
Tasmania is in Australian Map Grid Zone 55.

There are 5x10 (1:25 000) maps per 1 grid Easting x Northing.

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