Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Up-Along and Down Mt. Direction 2015

Well, it finally happened, we did the Mt. Direction walk that's been postponed twice. Whatever sacrifices Tas made to the weather god(s) finally worked and we had a perfect day.

We started out at Risdon Brook Dam, across the dam and off onto a new route. Tas is our leader.

Quite a few cars and at least one school group at the dam

Risdon Brook Dam
  As we crossed the dam, we were closely followed by a couple of young women who continued behind us when we turned off. After interrogation they said they were going to Mt. Direction also, so continued along with us for a while.

We've turned off the track around the dam and are heading towards the power lines

Bit of cloud on Mt. Wellington

This part is on a wide gravel road

Heading up

Surrounded by hills

The weather is clear and it only takes a short stint up a slope to warm everyone up, so we stop to strip excess clothing.

Strip stop

We're off again and on a more scrubby track for a while.

Looking back

Soon we come to another turnoff point, Tas is following an article by John Cannon that appeared in the Mercury with directions.

The two young ladies are also with us, but not for long. This is also about where we lost Bob, who kept on going on the route he was familiar with, the girls following him. Bob's probably used to it!

Off the rest of us go, over a large fallen gum tree.

Into the unknown

The two girls are next Adie who's in the shorts

Looking back you can see a bit of the Derwent

Heading up
We're climbing up an old track next to a equally old fence. It's a steep climb and you have to admire the work needed to put a fence up on this slope.

As we climb the view gets better behind us.

The view's a bit better and you can just make out the Tasman Bridge in the centre

Taking a breather and admiring the view

There's still plenty of 'up' left to do

This gives an idea of the slope

Now it becomes an individual scramble

There's more loose rock as we climb

Zig Zaging is required to find a safe way up

It's getting close to Morning Tea and an undercurrent begins to develop as time marches on. Again I was requested to record the time for any further action to be taken. Soon however, we find a couple of nicely placed logs and settle down for a break.

Six minutes late. An uprising is close!

Warfare avoided, we take a well earned break
As we rest, voices come from above. No, not that kind of moment, but a school group that left before us is swarming down the hill. One of our group asks the teacher (they didn't have teachers like that when I was in school) what school they were from and she replied "Campania". This being Tasmania there were immediate connections between members of our group and Campania School, including myself as Val had taught there after leaving Uni.

The kids continued on down the hill...

... while we finished and continued up
We turned off shortly and started up to the first summit, which was surmounted by a small stone cairn.

Passing view of Gunners Quoin

Off the old track and up

We're getting near the top of the first summit

Fresh example of schoolboy humor

The views would be better without all the pesky gums in the way. Where's Paul Harriss when you need him?

Difficult to make out, but that's our next destination

Our work here is done, so we move off
We have a look around and get ready to start off again for the final summit.

There was a brief sighting of Bob in the distance, but then we lost him again.

View of the Derwent looking north
There are a number of photos of this view as Adie is looking for a good one to paint a landscape from.

The track is quite easy as there's a communication installation on top so access is required for the techs.

There was much discussion re the red feature in the left centre.

That splodge of red is what we're talking about.

 Some suggested it was the red awnings that council forced a building owner in Murray St. to remove. Surely a council that ignores it's own planning regulations and approves a building three times the allowed height wouldn't do that!

Google Earth has solved the mystery. It's a large area of shade cloth on a property called Fairfields just off Old Beach Rd.

From Google Earth. Splodge explained

We have a look around the large stone cairn and the views are much better here.

I always wonder who built this and how long it took

Eventually, we start back down and our route will be on the track everyone usually uses.

You can just see the Bridgewater Bridge in the distance

I remember walking up some 20 years ago or so, and it was a bit different then. The road now is loose stone and makes for some interesting moments on the way down.

Heading down the slippery slope

I personally discovered some new muscles the next day after walking down here

Yep, Gunners Quoin again

Adie goes off track. Tas didn't see.

Risdon Brook is in sight
We reach the road around the dam and find a good spot for lunch. It even has a bench!

A pleasant spot for lunch

I mentioned the difficulty of multitasking in the past. You can either have a photo of me looking happy without Peter or one of both Peter and myself.
Lunch is always an interesting time. Some people pull out plastic containers and plastic cutlery to consume some sort of salad or cold pasta. Others may have choices of fruit or sandwiches. I had tuna salad. In the photo below, Tas and Ron are having the latest of paleo diets. It looks interesting but creates a mess.

Tas and Ron enjoying their paleo diet lunch

I suppose our ancestors didn't pickup after themselves either

After lunch we walked back to the cars where we found Bob waiting. It was a good walk with a strong up hill element. I warn you Tas has another route in mind for the future.

We had 12 walkers and covered 7.48km in 3:33hrs.

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