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In the 7 days ending Mar 3:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Walking5 22:40:00 35.54(38:16) 57.2(23:47) 3220
  Total5 22:40:00 35.54(38:16) 57.2(23:47) 3220

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Saturday Mar 2 #


Boat home. And so ends a very special trip. The idea came from the Abels volumes we purchased recently. I had been to Queenstown previously and seen the various mountain ranges to the south, north and west of the town. These are all part of the West Coast Range that is parallel and adjacent to the Cradle Mountain Overland Track. The range was left out of the park because of the mining industry in the area. The positive side of this was that very few people go here. One can do day trips to experience wild mountain scenery the equal of any on the Western Arthur Range, then shower afterwards, saunter down to the pub for a meal (admittedly rather rustic) and a drink, then wander back to the motel to sleep between sheets. Will be going back. Mts Jukes, Dundas, Geike and Sedgwick call.

Friday Mar 1 #

Walking 2:40:00 [2] 13.0 km (12:18 / km)

Too hot to struggle up hills. Took the easiest walking track ever into Montezuma falls. A shaded ex-railway line. Then walked the 8 and 9th holes of the steepest golf course in Australia. Finished with a walk along the beach to Macquarie Heads. The water was lovely.

Thursday Feb 28 #

Walking 5:00:00 [3] 9.0 km (33:20 / km) +800m 23:05 / km

Mt Tyndall and the Tyndall Plateau. The third peak in the West Coast Range and another very different experience. A rough track through t-tree swamp, then up a steep hillside to emerge on a wonderful alpine environment. Walk to the top and look over 300+ metre cliffs on the other side. These are now a rock climbing destination. Judging by the intentions book the only other people on the range were two Belgium rock climbers on the Lake Huntley cliff. Must get back up here top wander south to Mt Geike. The alpine tarn environment is sublime.

Wednesday Feb 27 #

Walking 4:30:00 [3] 8.4 km (32:09 / km) +750m 22:13 / km

Mt Owen. The mountain looms over Queenstown as a monument to past pollution. But the best aspect is the other side of the mountain. Hanging glacial lake, intriguing geology and all round views given the peaks isolation. Anyone with a spare day in the area could do little better than walk up this peak. Its much more fun that the Wilderness Railway, and thats pretty good anyway.

Tuesday Feb 26 #

Walking 5:00:00 [3] 8.8 km (34:05 / km) +770m 23:43 / km

Mt Murchison. Splendid peak. A must do trip for any connoisseur of craggy glaciated peaks.

Monday Feb 25 #

Walking 5:30:00 [3] 18.0 km (18:20 / km) +900m 14:40 / km

Climbing Cradle Mountain.
Hardly a wilderness experience.
The peak does play a positive role in attracting the crowds so they don't go elsewhere.

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