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.
Remote beach on the South Coast Track, Tasmania. Accessed by a charter flight into Malaleuca airstrip on Macquarie Harbour. A magnificent 5-7 day hike back out to Cockle Creek, to the most southerly road in Australia. Lots of fresh drinking water along the way – creeks and streams running onto the beach. One of Australia’s icon hikes. Great campsites, a wide variety of scenery and very few other hikers.