Each visit to this place, is to experience it again with the same joy and awe, as on the very first visit.
The retreat of the Khumbu Glacier is a concerning and very apparent indicator of rapid climate change. The lower reaches of the glacier are shrinking every year. This is affecting villagers, wildlife and river flows.
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”―Byron,
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.
St Crispins Well, Mount Wellington, Hobart.