White Monolith Range
Mt Robinson with it's head in the clouds.
White Monolith Range again
Crossing River Camp. The river was rising due the rain while I was here. This pic is prior to setting up some marker rocks to ascertain the rate of rise. The Crossing River catchment includes all of the South faces and South draining lakes of the WAs plus the subsidiary ridge that parallels the WAs to the South. So pretty considerable.
Of my bus companions H had lunch here and pushed on to Watershed Camp, the other J had skipped thru Junction Creek the night before to camp here while H & I camped at Junction Creek.
If you really wanted to you could. Not a lot of forest to go thru.How painful would you rate carrying a creek boat into Crossing River?
As opposed to a packraft.
If you really wanted to you could. Not a lot of forest to go thru.
I have an idea it’s been done. I recollect a time when folks were boating down obscure water courses seemingly every weekend.
After (down stream) of the crossing of Crossing River it looks to get super tight. Check out the aerial pic of the section on the LIST.
Yes, there’s been some nutso pack raft stuff done as it is way easier to get in & out compared to carrying a boat.Just joined a Tassie packraft page on Farcebook.
Some seriously solid trips being done at present, accessing some very tough country. Crossing River / Port Davey would a holiday camp in comparison I think.
Yes, there’s been some nutso pack raft stuff done as it is way easier to get in & out compared to carrying a boat.
A solo pack rafter headed out from Melaleuca while I was there.
Just a quick comment on this photo. My walking stick was set to 130cm, so the bog is at least 1m deep. Wasn't game to jump in to check.
So in some gentle early morning drizzle we head out to cross the ridges & headlands to Granite Beach, some of the bog on the way was a little deep.
The drop off the Lost World Plateau and into the Spring River Valley.
And the very welcome sight of the Spring River bridge. A hot 18k of wandering. Then an hour of fooling about checking out the trail thru the forest on the other side of the Bridge looking for another mythical Chapman campsite. The forest is very overgrown and a plethora of tree falls made finding the way thru to the next button grass plain an adventure and suffice to say I never found Chapman's recommended campsite.
There were plenty of campsites on the East side of the river so a pleasant afternoon was had poking about the river, drying some wet kit, reading and siesta. Off to Bathurst Harbour tomoroz.
You do know about great circle routes don't you ?
So the tide was going out (left to right on this map), as I found out and a stiff Northerly was blowing. The 1st leg was bit woofy working out the rowing, the track does not show the boat going in circles. Towing the 2nd boat back on the 2nd leg I let the tide wash me down the channel, a bad thing and it was a tough row back into the tide, the final leg back to the South side I got the process right with into the tide to start and let the tide bring into the slipway.
And so I get to Melaleuca proper. The end of the Port Davey Track as it is in modern times. It of course originally went West then South West at the Spring River bridge area over to Port Davey way. I might look for a map of the original route another day. The ship wrecks the track was meant to service were more on the Tas West coast rather than the South coast.
This is the 2nd walkers hut built by Denny King and has been updated in recent years and is now cared for by the Launceston Walking Club hence the name. The most recent and very welcome revision is new stainless steel gutters and water tanks for fresh water supply.
Looking to the South over the Melaleuca runway to the New Harbour Range. The red hut is Denny King's workshop, to the left the white dots in the trees are the Orange Bellied Parrot nesting boxes. These were active when I was there.
Looking back North to over the water of Melaleuca Inlet to Mt Rugby.
I then had 4 days (I started the PDT a couple of days early & did not use any rain/rest days on the PDT) of relaxation at Melaleuca until proceeding on the South Coast Track as related way above.