Friday, August 31, 2018

day 28

31 Aug. Bushbashing in tea tree, acacia (?) and a thick wall of cutting grass. 250m in 2h. All with massive mikado of huge fallen trees. Lost the paddle then found it again. Ok.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

day 27

30 Aug. Cognitive tests #9 this morning. My brain clearly not at 100%. Wrote log, repacked backpack and packraft. Started offtrack bushbashing. Going in circles at Night. Hard.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

day 26

29 Aug. Bought a 15$ headlight, got sunglasses from Lost&Found. Repaired boat. Paddled entire Lake King William in dusk, dark then under moonlight. New route via The Spires.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

day 25 part 2

28 Aug. Lost camera, mic, headlight, water containers, stuff to inflate raft. Small hole in hull and 10 cm tear in floor. Continued on sinking raft to a house. Now safe.

day 25 part 1

28 Aug. Started paddling at 12. Passed Lake St Clair and Derwent Basin without much trouble. Had to stop for a log, could've walked around it but decided to give it a go. Raft got stuck half under water. Could've lost it all. Could've died, even.

Monday, August 27, 2018

day 24

27 Aug. 20 cm of snow in the morning. Catching packs of it when I walk underneath the branches bending under it's weight. Got my packraft ready at the hut, then reached a lake while paddling.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

day 23

26 Aug. Dry weather, started the day with my dried hiking clothes. Then came the rain, then snow... Now drenched once again. Ate supper in a hut. Drysuit on.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

day 22

25 Aug. Ossa up in 2h20, down in 1h20, good snow. Left hand swollen for 2 days now. No pain, can move. Feet ok, dry. Pack doesnt hurt anymore. Will start longer days. Food Ok.

Friday, August 24, 2018

day 21

24 Aug. Started late, finished late. Apparently still a few more days of good weather so I should start early to make progress. Hope to climb Mt Ossa tomorrow.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

day 20

23 Aug. I overslept. Woke up when the sun was hitting hard. Again dry and windless day. Met hikers, talked. Fell by slipping on a boardwalk under the snow. Now camping on platform.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

day 19

22 Aug. I met Marion, a Belgian girl, while ascending. Lookout and full deep snow plateau. Made me happy. Best weather since june. Summited Cradle Mt: best view ever! Yup!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

day 18

21 Aug. Non stop wind & rain last night. Most of the snow now replaced by slush. At Cradle, rangers gave me space to repack and check remaining food (ok). Fixed the leak in sleeping mat.

Monday, August 20, 2018

day 17

20 Aug. So close to end leg 1 but with deep snow, mud and slush I didn't reach Cradle Valley. Feels like 10 day delay but I still got a lot of food and gas. Days will get longer eventually.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

day 16

19 Aug. Sleeping mat has a leak. Must inflate every 40 min during the night to avoid contact with snow. Will try to use repair kit asap. Broke 1 trekking pole. 20 cm snow last night.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

day 15

18 Aug. Woke up under 5 cm of snow. Left camp when snow stopped but it never really stopped. All day the same: buttongrass, snow, mudpools. I dream of a dry and hot place.

Friday, August 17, 2018

day 14

17 Aug. Spent the day in the expedition drysuit. Up to 40 cm snow. Used snowshoes until more wet plants than snow. Fog, zero sun. Rain now. Wind. 1 wombat. All is wet.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

day 13

16 Aug. Climbed all day in changing weather. Rain, sun, hail, snow. 2 feet wet and frozen. Now at 1200m on snow. Exposed to all weather elements. Hope it's not too bad. Keeping faith.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

day 12

15 Aug. Drizzle and rain all day. High vegetation and ferns so my pants got soaked. Shoes and socks too. Saw 2 dozen of wallabies. Walked with full load at the end of the day.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

day 11

 14 Aug. When there is sun, it's not on my side of the gorge. Going down is also slow as no wrong step allowed. Fell a few times on my bum and arm. Calves and knees swollen.

day 10

 13 Aug. I laugh at how slow I am. Reached Loongana high point. No rain but heavy wind. Might dry my tent. John left me food at the pass. Will not use but give away.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

day 9

 12 Aug. Rain at the end of the day. Passed the island of the river. Now camping safely after the Rope mentioned in the tracknotes of the Penguin Cradle Trail. So wet. Need sun.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

day 8

 11 Aug.  And another day with the river. 1 blister on my left foot doing more work. Now setting up camp. Test research in the morning.

day 7

 10 Aug. Another slow and dangerous day following the Leven river upstream. I fell on a finger and cut it open over 2 cm. Directly took care of it. Moved 40 fallen trees.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

day 6

 9 Aug. A day to remember. Lesson: no more trek with such load and steep slopes in the dark. This pct is not easy. Tired, setting up camp. Hopefully safer tomorrow.

day 5

 8 Aug. Big rain all night. Put bandages on my feet. Useless after descent and wading in a creek up to the knees. Long safe descent to tarmac road. I hate tarmac. Dry day.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

day 4

 7 Aug. Back and forth all day. Dried blood in sleeping bag. Found the culprit: big leech! Nature is great. Set up camp early. Relatively dry.

Monday, August 06, 2018

day 3

 6 Aug. All good so far. Slow but progressing. Mindset positive. Equipment OK. Supplies OK. Such a hard climb! Leeches everywhere. So many logs to go over or crawl under. Back and feet need a rest.
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Sunday, August 05, 2018

day 2

5 Aug: started after the rain. Ups and downs. Hard work. Walked back and forth with stuff since the end of the day until now. Good campsite. Still wet. Clothes don't dry. 
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day 1

4 Aug: 62kg in fact. Road boring. Now pct ok. Going to #Leven River, felt it's too dark and dangerous so I'll stop and camp here. 18:40. Tracker off. 
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Friday, August 03, 2018

Day 0 - A good night sleep

All batteries are charged, food is ready, equipment is ready. I just need to pack everything. No idea how everything will fit in and outside the backpack. I'll wake up at 6am and John will drive me to Penguin for a start at 9.00 Tasmanian time.
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