I went up to do some solo hiking in the KNP over Easter 2018.It was busy up there in the KNP but it was still worth the long drive to get out of Melbourne and Victoria. Here is a photo based trip report.
Crawling up to DHG along the Alpine way behind motorists who have never driven outside of suburbia was slow going.
I took a break and put some food into my gob before driving into Thredbo to see my old friend who is the co manager at the Silver Brumby Chalet.
Island Bend campsite was crammed full of Chookas and Shazzas who were trying to wake the dead. I just needed to crash out in my tent so I could get an early start on my hike.The moonrise was worthy of a photo. There was a heavy frost overnight.
The next morning on Easter Saturday, I seemed to get the last car parking spot at Guthega Power station. I found that Munyang Bridge is broken and has been fenced off. I just did a river crossing north of the Bridge. It was not hard. I started the ascent up the fire trail along Disappointment spur.
One pushed on uphill , up the management track to the Schlink Pass. There I exchanged information with a long distance solo walker from Canada/ France who was heading from the ACT along the AAWT to Victoria. Victoria's Alps are so dry these days that I was obliged to visit NSW
.I hope that fellow finds water along the way in VIC.
I told him the Victorian sections of the AAWT route are the toughest but the most scenic.
At last , I reached Horse Camp hut along the Horse Camp aquaduct track and had the whole location to myself . The hut has been rebuilt and it stank of fresh paint. I slept in my cosy sleeping bag inside my tent.
I was a spent force, just totally knackered, again.The Horse Hut Aquaduct track in the right conditions would be superb to XC ski on. It is sheltered and sits at about 1600 M ASL.
The Barry Way was busy with 4WD enthusiasts. I really had to concentrate on driving along that dusty and bumpy remote wilderness road. People in big 4 x 4 vehicles came screaming around blind bends. The campsites along the NSW section of the Snowy river were full of campers.
I can't believe I drove a 2 WD sedan along that road ten years ago.
The Barry Way is a long slow drive in the middle of freaking nowhere. Truly welcome to whoop whoop.There were not many places to stop to take photos of the grand mountains views.
When I reached the macadamized surface one could not slack off because the road on the VIC. side is just as twisty , turning and narrow.
My word , the landscape along the Barry Way , which sits in the rain shadow of the Great Dividing Range is bone dry .
The Gelantipy Plateau along the Barry way was so dry and seemed so remote. A detour to Little River Falls was all for nought. There was NO water in the Little River. I have seen more water come out of a spilt cup of green tea.
I was getting a bit sick of driving .Barry has a lot to answer for !.