WILD TASMANIA...Freycinet in the footprints of Jo Trouble


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October 11th 2014
Published: October 11th 2014
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WILD TASMANIA...Freycinet in the footprints of Jo Trouble.

She said it was a piece of cake...said it'd be easy.

Or did she just offer me some cake and say take it easy?

I'm all confused. I'm sure she said it'd be easy.

Anyway whatever she said...the fact that SHE did it...couldn't leave without ME also doing it.

Nearly killed me. I'm sure she said it'd be easy.

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Leaving Bay of Fires gotta get some sunglasses as I lost mine in the surf.

Hardware store at St Helens...rack of sunnies. Some tradies getting wood...agreeing the blue rimmed mirror lens pair complemented my sunburn...having a good laugh my wife will love them...those nice meetings you can have in shops...bargain price too...only twenty bucks.

But Denise did not like them...pretty horrified actually...what were you thinking she said.

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The Challenge

In planning our circumambulation on 4 wheels around Tassie I checked out some blogs on TB...as you do...to get a few hints on where to go.

That's when I saw the pic of the sweeping arc of Wineglass Bay.

Mmmm...Photo by Jo Trouble.

So I checked with her where she'd taken it.

Top of Mt Amos she said.

Then in Tassie a brochure...mmm...a different angle...a bigger sweeping arc of Wineglass Bay.

Checked out a map. If I take it from Mt Graham maybe I can get the bigger arc.

So top of Mt Graham is my objective!

But if we are gonna do this...we've gotta look good.

Got the blue sunnies...got the sunburn...but haven't washed for days.

So we went looking for a shower.

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Public showers at the wharf at St Helens...$2 and I'm looking good...Den somehow enduring the mother in front washing her daughters & neices...making sure the queue heard she was taking her time...Den nicking into the Gents for her shower or I'd still be waiting.

Then the best fish & chips in Tasmania at the Fishermans Catch Blue Shed...yep we tried others in our travels and these were the best...love John Dory.

South down the scenic East coast via Scamander...inland over the mountains to St Marys...past the Chain of Lagoons...Douglas Apsley N.P. to Bicheno...the entrance to the peninsula that is Coles Bay and Freycinet N.P.

All we know about this area is there is a lottery months before to reserve places to camp...so maybe difficult to find a spot.

That's where our mobile home comes in handy...also hoping for some power to charge my camera batteries.

Sure enough the National Park is full...but nice shady spot at River & Rocks Road Campsite...free camping...pit toilets...50 metres to a little beach with views of four peaks of Freycinet...tomorrow I'm climbing one.

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Up early to get a parking spot in the National Park so we can spend the day wandering.

The Visitor's Centre has maps and travel times.

Mmmm...Mt Graham is an overnight trek...rethink...Den just wants to go to Wineglass Lookout...1.5 to 2 hrs return.

Mt Amos 3 hrs return...Den happy for me to do that alone...OK...following the footprints of Jo Trouble it is.

Still think she said it'd be easy.

I'll be back shortly!

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The Climb...Not so easy after all

The track is hard clay with tree roots cutting it into sections...slight incline for 200 metres...pretty well climbing up & up from there.

Tree roots making natural steps...clambering over rocks...path tunnelling through scrub and gum...always climbing...stretching my tendons...feeling refreshed and free...just me and my thoughts.

Not so sure now that this'll be easy.

It's mizzling now...light drops floating in the breeze...occasional flashes of wind.

Walls of concave and convex granite...teasing...treacherously slippery...but I'm up and onward...one after another.

A granite tor...like a giant beast...others like massive balls...an inviting overhang for shelter as the mizzle turns to light drizzle...hairy underfoot getting there.

Then the wind flicking the clouds...flashes of blue sky...its dry again...I ever onwards.

A fit athletic young guy with his girlfriend coming down...I've just had a fall he says...too slippery to risk...looking at the girl...gallantry I think.

They disappear below.

I see Jo Trouble's smile like an apparition...hear a whisper..."Come on Dave...I could do it"...the wind pretty strong now...drowning her out.

A granite face ahead...runnels etched in its face lined with iron oxide impurities from feldspar corrosion...pink & cream...sparkles of black mica...white and glassy quartz...splashed with fine rain.

Taking some steps forward but it's slippery...not mizzling now...just windy...marks in the rock showing the path...legs wobbly...the wind wanting to grab me and blow me down.

A crevasse to the right so climbing up it's edge...some footholds here but it's nearly vertical...know this is off the path but little tufts in the rock to hold.

My backpack carrying my water slips off my shoulder...my cap tied to it waves as I shove the pack to my back.

Stopping half way up...thinking thinking.

This is crazy...I'm all alone on the mountain...clinging to a vertical rock face...wind trying to lever me off.

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But I continue climbing...I know I can do this.

If I give up...I won't be able to blog about it.

I'll have to pretend we didn't visit Freycinet.

What will I say to Jo Trouble?

That we couldn't find it?

No.

That it was too slippery due to light rain and we couldn't come back another day?

No.

That I wimped out?

No.

That I followed your footprints Jo and here are my photos of Wineglass Bay!

Yeh.

So I push on...getting to the top of that section...now entering narrow paths through spindly trees...time for a drink.

Backpack off...panting on a rock...gulping from the water bottle...sweat stinging my eyes.

Then I see it...or more correctly I cannot
ATOP MT AMOSATOP MT AMOSATOP MT AMOS

View of Wineglass Bay
see it...must have come off when my backpack slipped.

My cap has gone!

But no ordinary cap.

It was from the Serengeti...my balloon flight over the grasslands of Tanzania.

Walking back to the vertical climb I had come up...looking down the crevasse.

I'm not prepared to climb down and have to climb up again...no way...hope I can find it later when I climb down after reaching the top.

Then after that all I can think of was losing my cap...not noticing I must have lost the track...no markers around here...following animal tracks to get up and out of here.

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Like all mountains you see what you think is the top...get there...the summit always further.

But I got there.

Three peaks but I choose the one on the right...Mt Amos.

I'm pretty knackered.

Time for a drink...an apple...a weary smile.

I see Jo Trouble next to me...yep...done good she says.

I can blog again!

Pleased and relieved I must say.

Now for those photos to prove I got here.

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Two guys join me at the top...one in his early twenties with his Dad...took one hour they say.

Took me two and a half hours but I don't let on.

"Did you see a cap on the way up?"

"Yes...from Tanzania? It was on the track."

Then they are gone...the young guy bounding like a mountain goat...his Dad scrambling down after him.




The Descent

Denise is probably back at the van by now...the last thing I need is for her to worry...imagine how embarrassing it'd be if she sent a search party for me.

Time to go down.

Sometimes going down is harder because it applies pressure to the legs...but not this time.

The path was much easier to follow...markers on the rocks clearly visible...orange markers on trees...nimbly through tracks...down steep rocks on my backside...I'm not proud...I'm not slipping now.

Sliding in places...but not slipping!

Then I see it.

My cap is hanging in a tree beside the narrow track.

The guys must have put it there...cheers me up no end I must say.

Down all the steep granite rocks on my backside...getting in the groove...having fun again...feeling safe and free.

Those rocks that were so tricky going up...going down is a breeze.

Still took me one hour 45 minutes to get down.

Supposed to be three hours return!

Pheee...took me four and a quarter...better not tell Jo Trouble!

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Putting my head under a tap at the bottom...a Singaporean chap chatting how pleased he was that he got to Wineglass Bay lookout...easy stroll...well done I said...but I've been....way up there.

And in the carpark...Denise in the van reading...Nah...I was never worried she said...I knew you could do it...you always do!

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Friends Act 3

We met Tony & Glenda at Mt William N.P...photographing little things.

Met them again at Bay of Fires as they dropped by to say "Hi".

They'd rung Den and were now at River & Rocks Road Campsite and had reserved a spot for us to join them.

So we join them again...those delightful meetings you have on the road...cherries, raspberries and brie...the odd beer or two...chatting like old friends...yep...as if we'd known them for years.

Some French guys wander over...saying that Zaz we were playing was a really big music star in France.

Tony charging my camera batteries on his inverter...who needs power he says.

And as dusk settles we head down to the beach where I show them around...other campers perched on rocks also awaiting the sunset.

The girls wander back...the beach and rocks now empty...leaving Tony and me laughing and chatting as dark settles...taking photos of this and that...getting off on each others company...and little things.





Relax & Enjoy,

Dancing Dave


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11th October 2014
DESCENDING DARKNESS

Wow!
Amazing photo my dancing friend!
11th October 2014
DESCENDING DARKNESS

Wow!
Thanks Per-Olof. Beautiful part of the World. This pic the result of staying on a beach as night falls and the birds return to roost.
11th October 2014

Nothing like a challenge from a fellow blogger to inspire you to greater heights!
I loved reading the thoughts that go through your mind. Just make sure you are in shape for Utah!
11th October 2014

Nothing like a challenge from a fellow blogger to inspire you to greater heights!
Hanging onto a rock face thinking I should give it away...you know Jo...I had to go on!!! Getting into shape for our road trip Bob...I'll be in shape...will you?
12th October 2014

I hope I will be able to keep up with you and Den...
the slot canyons of northern Arizona, of which Antelope Canyon is one, will be the challenge. I will have two TBers to challenge me!
13th October 2014

I hope I will be able to keep up with you and Den...
How lucky are we to be part of a community through the ether that we can travel from Oz and be welcomed by you guys (Bob & Linda), so happy to show off your wonderful backyard to us? Not just lucky...privileged...we can hardly wait.
12th October 2014

Another Stunner!
Yet another stunning place to add to the ever growing list! The climb looked as if it was quite an achievement...your account of it made me laugh too - well done!
12th October 2014

Another Stunner!
Thanks Nomads for commenting. Funny what drives me on but it was well worth it. Wineglass Bay is part of Freycinet peninsula only visible if you get to the top (or if you walk around the base to the lookout) as it is over the other side of the mountain.
12th October 2014
ATOP MT AMOS

A proper reward!
Great view of the bay below! Good thing you had Jo for inspiration--it looks as if the climb was well worth it. How fun to get lost and found--following animal tracks is an honored way to go. And those time estimates--aren't they annoyingly set by and for 20-year old whippersnappers? Congrats on making it to the t0p and even getting your hat back. Well done.
12th October 2014
ATOP MT AMOS

A proper reward!
Thanks Tara. A salutary tale of what can happen if I consult TBers before setting out. Light rain and wind made it a tad hairy. Would I have done it if I had not consulted Jo? Probably...gotta get the photo!!!
13th October 2014
ATOP MT AMOS

TB=the Bible
I must say that the reason I joined TB was to learn tips and more about the places to which I'd be traveling. For a long time, I didn't even know there was a front page since I just had Argentina bookmarked. When I write, it's that future traveler that I'm addressing. Jo did you the service of telling you of the mountain; you did the service of letting people know if they get lost, just follow animal trails and head upward. What a great community!
13th October 2014
ATOP MT AMOS

TB=the Bible
Well said Tara. I joined Travelblog so I could share photos with like minded people so the pics did not languish in albums in bookshelves never to be seen. What I found was a travel community like no other...met the most interesting people through the ether...some met personally or to meet...such people as you!
13th October 2014

Worth the effort
Well those pictures look amazing, so the climb to the top was definitely worth while. I'm sure you enjoyed your beer that night - feeling very satisfied and you would definitely have deserved it. I'm glad you found the cap - it's funny how you get attached to such things. What a shame it wasn't the blue-rimmed mirror sunnies you managed to lose!
13th October 2014

Worth the effort
Very funny Rachael...the guys thought my blue sunnies looked fantastic! Freycinet is a beautiful area and I hope the pics do it justice. Like so much of Tassie...beautiful one place...beautiful the next. I once lost a cap from Kruger in South Africa while sailing off Lion Island so the Serengeti cap was a "Do not lose" which I am lucky to still have. I reckon Jo played a part in the recovery of that as well!
13th October 2014

"Yep, done real good Dancing One"
Welcome to Club Amos Dancing One!! So glad you did go to Freycinet, proud you thought "Bugger it, gotta climb Mt Amos", and even prouder you stuck it out. And retold in true Dancing style - loved it! :-)
13th October 2014

"Yep, done real good Dancing One"
Thanks Jo. This blog was for you. from all those bloggers that you do so much for on Travelblog as an Administrator Extraodinaire. Thank you for the inspiration and for encouraging me to dance up there...and everywhere!
13th October 2014
DESCENDING DARKNESS

Brilliant shot!
Congrats, you have to be proud of this one!
14th October 2014

Nature wonderland
Stunning photography, as always!
14th October 2014

Nature wonderland
Indeed a stunning place Lili...and thanks to Jo Trouble a place for a great story
14th October 2014
DESCENDING DARKNESS

This is really superb!
Hey, you taking us on a higher level with photos like this one. Perfectly timed!
14th October 2014
DESCENDING DARKNESS

Eye-catching!
What a beautiful photo Dave :)
14th October 2014
DESCENDING DARKNESS

Eye-catching!
Thanks Ren. Your beautiful island is a revelation.

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