Today my lady (Gina) and I conquered Quamby Bluff. This lovely little peak is not far from Launceston and is a popular day walk. We didn't leave until after lunch and started walking by about 2:30pm. The terrain and forest type constantly changed as we made our way up the short 1.5 hour ascent, starting in beautiful myrtle forest, moving into tall eucalyptus and eventually a large scree field. The walking on the scree only lasts 5 minutes or so, but it offers great views up to the summit and across to the tiers. Another myrtle forest is growing above the scree and easy walking is well marked by many cairns and the odd boot or two in a tree. Soon we made it to the plateau; the vegetation changed to alpine shrubs and wide views were visible. Within 10 minutes of getting out in the open we had made it to the summit and the good old trig point that marks the top!
I had a little bottle of Slovenian honey liqueur stashed in my day-pack and surprised Gina with it as a little Valentines Day warmth. The wind was crisp and constant, so the warming drink was much appreciated. We poked around the top for a short while before making our way back down. The walk down was gorgeous as the sun was getting low and the golden colour was stunning on the rocks and trees. Always a pleasant little walk - get out there and do it!
|Walking through the ferns.|
|Go this way.|
|"Some nonsense about something..."|
|This cairn deserved a photo, check it out!|
|When you hit the boot, turn right.|
|The plateau with the trig in the distance.|
|Gina on top of a mountain!|
|Afternoon light = B-E-A-UTIFUL!|