Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mount Buller February 16th 2024

Though I’ve been to Sheepyard Flat I can't remember doing anything here, so today is my chance. Davons Flat is only a short walk from where I will be picked up tomorrow, so I have the whole day to rest and explore. Though there are some good day hikes from here I want to give my feet a break so take just a short walk along the river to Frys Hut. The hut is impressive and would have been a comfortable place to live. Fred Fly built it in the 1940s and it was his home until his death in 1971. On the way I pass a large chimney, a legacy of the gold rush years in this valley. The gold rush here was short lived and a financial failure for just about all the companies ... read more
Frys Hut
Parrot at campsite
Friendly birdlife

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mount Buller February 15th 2024

I was cold last night, but the camp looks good in the morning sun. I don’t need to start too early, but the 1st 7.5 km today are uphill all the way to the Eight Mile Gap (1150m) and I want to do this before the day gets too hot. The walk is a steady climb but not too steep so I find I can keep walking without needing too many breaks. It takes me about 3 hours to the gap where I stop to rest and check to see if I have phone reception. While I’m sending my messages 2 couples arrive in 4wds towing caravans. I talk to one couple, they are off to Refrigerator Gap and are volunteers for the Oscar 100 event that is on this weekend. From now it is all ... read more
Camp at Davons Flat

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mount Buller February 14th 2024

I am now 8km and 4 hours behind my plan, so it is foolish to push on for another 4 days to Hotham. So, even if I have difficulty sending a message out today, I feel I need to walk into the Jamieson and Howqua valleys rather than on to Hotham. With the decision made I don’t rush to start walking, but when I'm up at 7am I find the couple who camped last night have already left. The weather looks poor with cloud base only just above the camp which is at about 1500m. I’m walking by 8:30am and reach the saddle at the bottom of King Billy in about an hour as it is easy walking. Before the saddle I see a water monitoring station so correctly guess that this is a good area ... read more
AAWT noticeboard at King Billy saddle
Jamieson river by my campsite
Camp day 4 in the Jamieson valley

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mount Buller February 13th 2024

I slept Ok and there were no storms during the night. I am getting quicker at breaking camp and today I'm off walking at 7:30am. The initial 2km are slightly uphill but on a good track. From there it is a short ascent up to The Nobs which is probably my first real viewpoint of the hike. The track down to the High Cone campsite and saddle is quite steep in places but I reach there at 10am and stop for a rest. I also go looking for the nearby water source but as I expected there is evidence of moisture but no actual water that I can find. The next section of the track is hard work as it is very overgrown with numerous trees down across it as result of bushfires. Though it is ... read more
Looking back to Mt MacDonald from the Nobs track
View south from The Nobs
Mt Clear from the south

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mount Buller February 12th 2024

Apart from the annoying flies which had a liking for my feet, I was generally happy about how things went yesterday. It was good to be out in the country and I learnt a few good lessons. Last night I slept as well as I could have expected, and I seem to have no ill effects from the 1stday. However, I am concerned about water. My water capacity is 2.6l (maybe not enough!) with the 0.6l being a LifeStraw, so although I can drink just about anything safely, I am constrained by the amount I can carry if there are no places to fill up on-route. The other factor was the speed I could walk. Yesterday I was more or less on the pace indicated by the guidebook, but I realise with the weight I'm carrying, ... read more
Looking towards Mt Sunday from Nobs track
My day 2 camp at the Nobs track saddle

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mount Buller February 11th 2024

We left Heyfield shortly after 9am and found the road from Licola to Jamieson was a good 2 wd track so had no problems reaching Mt Skene, but still took 90 minutes reminding me that we were already in quite remote country. At the junction with the Barkly River Jeep track, we pulled over. I shouldered my pack, and with my full water bottles it felt heavy. By the start of the track we found a food drop container, which made me think I might meet some others on the AAWT, though this container was dated for pickup at the end of January. After a photo and J’s best wishes I plodded off up the track. The weather looked good, clear and perhaps a little too hot, but the forecast was for cooler days ahead. The ... read more
Day 1 Lunch stop

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Jamieson February 10th 2024

I have not done much long-distance, multi-day hiking, apart from a couple in the Himalayas and some in South America when I was travelling. Now that they have the time, a few of my recently retired friends have been quicker on the uptake than me and have been doing some great long treks. So just after Christmas, after I walked a section of the 13-day Grampians Peak Trail, I thought I ought to stop thinking about treks, get my act together and actually try to do one. The next question was which one. The only long treks in Australia I knew of were the Overland Trail in Tasmania and the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) from Victoria to the ACT. As I live in Melbourne, I thought the AAWT might be the most convenient and after ... read more

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen September 1st 2022

An interesting quiz question would be to name a famous Dane (apart from HKA). It turns out we all probably know a few and I stumbled on an interesting sight near to the centre of Copenhagen. My sight is the grave of the physicist Niels Bohr, but in the same cemetery (Assistens) HCA and the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard are also buried. After this we walk via the trendy centre (to embrace the full Scandi life J has herring for lunch) past the Rosenborg castle to the Little Mermaid then along the harbourside to the Amalienborg palace where the royal yacht is moored then on to Nyhavn for afternoon refreshments. We're using public transport here so then back across the city to the main railway station where we narrowly avoid catching our commuter train north instead of ... read more

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Helsingør August 31st 2022

Helsingor's major tourist attraction is the castle of the King of Denmark from Shakespear's Hamlet. As we drove north across the bridge to Malmo we are returning via the "old" route the ferry from Helsingborg to Helsingor. On the crossing we have an excellent view of the castle so skip a closer visit. Once safely back in Denmark we visit the Karen Blixen museum which is at her family house (and where she lived for many years) in the town of Rungstedlund about 30km north of Copenhagen. The museum has an interesting (for me as someone who has very limited knowledge of her life) exhibition, but the house is just as interesting as it has been kept in the same condition as when she lived there, and you are free to walk around most of the ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Skåne County » Båstad August 30th 2022

There is a small island just off the coast from Torekov where we are staying and a ferry runs 2 or 3 times a day. Yesterday the wind was too strong for the ferry to operate, so we drove to the Kullen peninsular. On the way we stopped at a memorial to where a UFO was reported as landing in 1946. I haven’t read the details as these are in a book, but next to the memorial is a place where 2 dead aliens were supposedly buried temporarily while the UFO made repairs. Will try to find a copy of the book in English. On the peninsula we walk to the Kullen lighthouse. This is the oldest lighthouse in Scandinavia and was originally built in 1561. It is also the highest and the most powerful in ... read more

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