Two old bushies, old in walking years only, ventured down the famous and very well used Track with one old acquaintance and four new acquaintances in late Nov. The original plan called for a seven night trip but due to some ill health too two of the group we delayed our start and shortened our trip by a day.
3rd day Windermere to New Pelion. Very wet morning. Typical Tasmanian rain but not too cold. Track running with water, boots sloshing but excellent wildflowers and wonderful waterfalls and gushing streams everywhere. Lunch at Frog Flats and some sunshine with lifting clouds. A very good hut and a bit of spare room.
4th day. A rest day. Afternoon climb to Mt Oakleigh. Initially crosses a very boggy button grass plain that one of our group found, at least at one spot, sinks to about 1m. After you survive that then a climb through a very nice Myrtle forest leads you to a summit of heath country with views out over the dolomite spears to Pelion Plains and the route you have followed from the North. Mt Ossa blocks views further south.
5th day. New Pelion to Kia-Ora. 11/2 hour walk to Pelion Gap where, on a fine day, you drop your packs and head for Mt Ossa 1617m the highest point in
6th day. Kia-Ora to Windy Ridge. Stopped for a longish break at the old Du Cane hut, very interesting building and surrounds. Visited
7th day. Windy Ridge to Narcissus hut and the ferry back to Cynthia Bay and “civilization”.