Thursday, 28 July 2016

Mt Maurice

28th July 2016

Mt Maurice

So, first Abel after getting back from 3 weeks in New Zealand! I attempted this easy Abel when I did Mt Barrow earlier in the month, but found that a bridge had been taken out in the recent flooding. This would have added a lot more time to the walk, which I didn't have. I came back with my mountain bike, so I could ride the forestry roads to the trail head.

With my bike on the car, I drove up the scenic Camden Hill Road into the north eastern high country. Mt Maurice is situated behind Mt Barrow from the Launceston perspective, but is still only a 45 minute drive away. I drove to the end of the forestry spur road where the old bridge across the St Patricks River had been damaged and a blockade put across the road, pulled the bike off the car and rode onward. The ride up the winding forestry roads took around 40 minutes to get up to the trail head. It was mostly re-growth and recently felled coups. I locked my bike to a tree (just in case), and wandered off into the bush. The walking was easy, as I only needed to gain around 200m of elevation to the top. I soon reached a Myrtle forest with patches of snow on the ground, making for a beautiful walk. After 30 minutes of this, I was on an open plain with a lot of scrub weighted with a decent amount of snow. This made for slow going, raising the scrub off the path and trying to not get snow in my boots. It didn't work. I got saturated. Should've brought gaiters; or pants. Silly Zane.

After around 50 minutes of walking I arrived at the rounded summit, and had a magnificent view! The surprising thing about Maurice is the granite. I would think it would be one of the few (if not only) Abel that is a granite dominated mountain. It was quite interesting, but I only poked around for 10 minutes or so before heading back down due to the cold. The walk down took only 25 minutes, thanks mainly to the snow clearing I did on the way up. And the ride down to the car was over within 15 minutes!

It was a wonderful day out, and a great little Abel to get back into the swing of things!


Mmm, such beautiful surrounds...

Clearly not that managed. This sign is in need of some TLC.

Beautiful Myrtle.

This dude was about 4m tall!

The rounded summit of Mt Maurice.

Snowy sunny scrub.

The vista from the top! Woo!

114 left.


Friday, 1 July 2016

Mt Barrow. The beast!

1st July 2016

Mt Barrow

I awoke to a miraculous day. I had a completely free day, and the weather was clear! I set my sights to Mt Barrow and Mt Maurice. Shortly after 9am I was in the car and heading off on the short drive to the top of Mt Barrow. The road access was put in some decades ago to help service the towers that direct television and mobile phone beams at nearby Launceston. Within an hour of driving I had pulled up in a large parking area, and was soon striding off through the alpine scrub. There is a large structure on the main ridge that I had to scoot around, fearful of the "TRESPASSERS PROSECUTED" sign and many men in hard hats who looked at me as if they would act on the warning of said sign. (The stair case up the ridge to their building would have been most handy, but I found a nice scree slope to bound up). Within 20 minutes I was on top of the summit ridge and only a stones-throw from the trig point. I milled away a bit of time on top, enjoying the fantastic view, before descending to my car. The scree was not in the sun, so was iced over and very slippery. I think I took more time going down than up, but I was still back at the car by 11:15am.

I drove off to nearby Mt Maurice with grand plans to climb it. But they were dashed when I got to a bridge that was taken out in the recent flooding. I jumped across the bridge, thinking it would be an easy 5km road walk to the trail head, but alas, there were many new (new to my map at least; it's an old map) forestry roads, and with fog descending into the trees I decided to turn back. I might bring my mountain bike with me next time to do this mountain...

The drive up was great!

The Air Traffic Relay Station. 

Looking to South Barrow, while climbing icy scree.

The summit is near!

So many towers.

Anyone know the answer to this? Looks like impact.

Summit Trig on Might Mt Barrow.

115 left.