Hotham to Walhalla

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Day 35: Hotham Village – Mt Murray

Last section here we come.
Leaving on our final two weeks. Last section here we come.

IMGP1662Karen and Richard on the rarely scaled heights of Mt Hotham

Dimatina Hut
Dimatina Hut – Passing by Diamatina Hut

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Climbing up to the Twins (Much steeper than it looks!)

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Campsite near Mt Murray

Day 36: Mt Murray – Barry Saddle

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Finally some confirmation that we are getting closer!

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Some wildflowers in bloom

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Lunch at Mt Selwyn South

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Finally Richard saw a snake!

Day 37: Barry Saddle – Viking Saddle

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Richard being apprehensive about the climb up the Viking

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View of the Razor from the Viking

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Finally, the summit of the Viking (only took 9 hours)

Top of the Viking
Top of the Viking – Karen and Adriaan at the Viking Summit

Day 38: Viking Saddle – Horrible Gap

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Climbing a mist covered spur up the ‘Razor’

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Adriaan contemplating the climb down from the Razor

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What track???? (Mt Despair)

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View of the Viking from Mt Speculation

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Finally on a well defined path from Mt Speculation

Our Camp in Horrible Gap
Our Camp in Horrible Gap – Camping in the not so aptly named ‘Horrible Gap’

Day 39: Horrible Gap – Chester’s Yards

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Sunrise over the ‘Terrible Hollow’

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Climbing Mt Buggery which turned out to be really rather nice

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Mist over the ‘Crosscut Saw’

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Looked like a nice campsite – unfortunately no water near by

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Silhouettes from ‘Hells Window’

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Adriaan overlooking ‘Hell’

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Richard finally looking happy on Mt Magdala

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Who took this photo?

Day 40: Chester’s Yards – Mt
McDonald

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A cairn on the aptly named Mt Clear

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More pretty vegetation

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Close to the summit of Mt McDonald (The rain finally stopped)

On the Side of Mount McDonald
On the Side of Mount McDonald. Rocky outcrop on Mt McDonald overlooking Mt Buller

Day 41: Mt McDonald – Rumpff Saddle

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Low Saddle – With the green ferns it’s starting to look like home

Day 42: Rumpff Saddle – Black River

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Richard and Karen on some clear well defined fire trail

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Karen on some not so clear well defined fire trail

Black River - Lots of Leeches
Black River – Lots of Leeches. Camp in the leech infested hell hole called ‘Black River’

Day 43:  Black River – Walhalla Matlock Road

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Karen fording Black River (and scoring three leeches for her trouble)

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Adriaan crossing the Black

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This unnamed hut was so feral that we set up our tents inside.

Day 44: Walhalla Matlock Road – Thompson River

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Our beautiful hut from the outside (can’t see the VB cans or bullet holes)

On Guard
On Guard – Karen and Richard engaging in a little sword play

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With this ring I thee wed – renewing our vows on Mt Easton

Day 45: Thompson River – Baw Baw Plains

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Crossing the Thompson River (before the dam)

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Now that’s a walking track!

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Karen basking in the sunshine

Yea nearly there.
Yea nearly there. The final countdown

Day 46: Baw Baw Plains – Camp Saddle

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Heading off on our final three days in perfect sunshine (yeah!)

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The Sentinel

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After not much clear water on this section it was nice to find an alpine brook

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Look at that clear water!

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Adriaan’s Bedroom (Camp Saddle at the base of Mt Saint Gwinear)

Day 47: Camp Saddle – O’Shea’s Mill Site

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The top of Mt Erica on the edge of the Baw Baw Plateau

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Adriaan at the Mushroom Rocks on Mt Erica

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More of the Mushroom Rocks

Not too far now
Not too far now. Nearly there

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A log crossing to our final campsite

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The weir at O’Shea’s Mill Site

Day 48: O’Shea’s Mill Site – Walhalla

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The Poverty Point Bridge crossing the (now much larger) Thompson River

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Adriaan resting before the final climb to Walhalla

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Richard throwing rocks off the bridge (naughty boy!)

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Done, Done, Done, Done and Done

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Sight for sore eyes – the cute little town of Walhalla

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The three of us making a commitment to never walk again(Not Really!)