Winter arrives in Tasmania.

Today’s walk on Mount Field.

I set out early, as the sun sets by 5PM this time of year. My walk started  with icy winds of 20-30 kmh.  They increased to gale force as I ascended the mountain.  As I climbed higher I was starting to lose sight of the track, due to a steady snowfall.  The fog also started to roll in.  In conditions like this it is always prudent to finish the hike another day.  (It’s also not great weather for my camera equipment.)  I had a good walk regardless, as I retraced my  footprints, fast disappearing in the snow and windy flurries.  In this high country visibility can drop to several metres, or less, very quickly.  Sunny and clear changes to fog, snow, high winds and rain in a very short time. Whenever I  walk here in Tassie, prepared with enough gear to spend a night out if necessary.  Not doing so can be a trap for inexperienced hikers.

One of my favourite day walks in Tasmania.  Mount Field is great in any season. Highly recommend.


Author: mark's travel notes

I am an experienced trekker and hiker. I enjoy taking photographs and travelling. I prefer wilderness and remote places. Travel often as much as I can. Prefer off-season as less people around. Winter is always a great time. Happy to share local knowledge about the beautiful island of Tasmania. I support humanitarian and Human Rights causes and spend much of my time working pro-bono for and in developing countries.

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