With a fine forecast, an impromptu group of 12 family and friends, and great excitement we left our cars at the parking area near Storys Creek and jovially headed up the trail towards my final un-climbed Abel. I could hardly believe it was was happening, and it still hasn't fully sunk in. We were a mixed group of walkers, and as we left nice and early we had plenty of time to walk and talk in comfort. After some time in the beautiful forest, we abruptly arrived at the scree slope leading up to the plateau. The rocks were very frosty and we took our time, with some of the faster party members climbing nearby large piles of rocks for better views. After the final, steep push up a gully of scree we were on the plateau and heading across the easy (but somewhat icy and wet) flat terrain. We kept following the cairns and braided path up one more small push. Then the summit was in view. Chevi and I forged off to the top, I was almost at a run by the time I got there. I let out a loud 'YA-HOOOO!' and heard a chorus of yipeeing and yahooing from those who were close behind. I stood there, on Stacks Bluff, and cried. What an amazing feeling. One by one the others joined me at the top for hugs and photos. I then lugged out a carton of Van Dieman Brewing 'Stacks Bluff' stout from my bag and we all had a celebratory round. We spent a good while on top, having lunch and enjoying the fine view. I coudln't think of a better way to celebrate my last Abel, and it was a joy to have so many come with me.
|A stunning morning.|
|Stacks from the carpark.|
|The crew! A bunch of very good eggs.|
|Precarious rock walking.|
|A little bit of cloud - it'll burn off.|
|Looking up the scree filled gully.|
|Chev on the plateau.|
|The final hill.|
|I could think of no better celebratory beer for my final summit.|
|Thank you all so much <3|
Thank you all so much for following me on my adventures in the Tasmanian mountains. We are truly blessed to be able to call such an incredible, unique, and beautiful place home. Here's to bushwalking! Keep Tassie Wild.