Thursday, 21 September 2023

Old Hobartians Circuit - 19 September 2023

We have done this walk a few times in the past but due to bad weather it was cancelled the last time it was scheduled.

Today we set off in bright sunlight looking forward to a good day's hiking.

Across the New Town Rivulet and a short time later we reach the start of the Old Hobartians Track where the real climbing begins.

In next to no time almost an hour has passed and it is time for morning tea.

We found a pleasant sunny spot overlooking the rivulet.

After morning tea we continue up the track passing these rock formations

Still climbing we get a glimpse of Lost World and Mount Arthur on the other side of the valley

Not sure what is going on here as everyone seems to be focused on something different

 Still climbing

Crossing one of the tributaries of the New Town Rivulet

After 4 kms of solid climbing which took 2.25 hours we reach Hunters Track (we gained just under 700 metres in height ... working out to a gradient of over 17%) .  From here the walk is almost entirely downhill - you can see genuine smiles as the decent begins


A shortly time later we stop for lunch - the rocks provide comfortable seating as well as a great view of the northern suburbs of Hobart

Continuing along Hunters Track on our way to Junction Cabin

Passing by Crocodile Rock

This photo shows the gradient of the surrounding hills

After a short break at Junction Cabin we take the Brushy Hill Fire Trail and then the Lenah Valley Track to the New Town Falls (very dry with barely a trickle of water)

Continuing along the Lenah Valley Track

Home straight - almost back at the cars

11 walkers had an enjoyable walk covering 11kms in 5 hours.  As can be seen from the elevation chart the first 4 kms was a steep climb - once on the Hunters Track the rest of the walk was a constant decent back to the starting point.

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Thursday, 14 September 2023

Lambert Ave to Mount Nelson - 12 September 2023

 The group has walked in this area a number of times with it's numerous well established tracks but today will take a slightly different route - upwards alongside the Lambert Rivulet till we do a short stint on Nelson Road and then follow the ridge line to the signal station for lunch. The decent back to Lambert Avenue will be on tracks mostly on the other side of the rivulet.

It didn't take much persuasion to get everyone to stop for morning tea which we had at a nice sunny spot where the Lambert Rivulet Track reaches Nelson Road.

We then continued to the Signal Station (the highest point on today's walk) where we had lunch

Then back down to our cars using some interesting tracks

Today 19 walkers covered 9kms and climbed approx 340 metres

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