|Looking back to Mt Howitt from The Viking.|
|The AAWT was a little scrubby climbing Mt Despair this morning, pushing uphill through the wet scrub wasn't helping my Feral mojo.|
|The gradient eases up a bit on the upper section of the climb up Mt Despair.|
|Looking across the ridge that the AAWT traverses towards The Razor from Mt Despair, this is more or less the start of the tough walking for the day.|
|Looking back towards Mt Despair from the conglomerate spur.|
|The climb up The Viking starts steep.|
|I had a bit of sleet on my time on The Viking today.|
|There are a couple of cairns marking the AAWT up here.|
I walked only 12 kilometres today and climbed 940 metres, the stats don’t really tell the whole story though, this section is tough walking, 12 kilometres in 10 hours of fairly solid walking will give you an idea of how tough (yeah, yeah I know I’m old and fat). The stats for my 13 days on the AAWT so far are 201 kilometres with 10,255 metres of climbing. It’s probably best to carry all your water today, water use to be found in a gully to the south of the saddle on the ridge leading to The Razor but apparently it’s scarce now. I got water to the north of the Viking Saddle and there is also water south of the saddle sometimes, you may have to drop a long way down at the end of summer though. There is a water tank at Barry Saddle that supplies water for camp, although there are a few swimmers in it. Camping wise there is the aforementioned small saddle on the ridge before The Razor, Viking Saddle and Barry Saddle, things are a little limited after that, although I’ve always thought camping high on The Viking is an option as there are a few suitable spots, especially heading over towards South Viking. Navigation is fairly tough today, it requires constant attention but the pad can be followed with a lot of caution, the section along the ridge towards The Razor and dropping off The Viking are probably the vaguest bits. Today I got a Telstra mobile signal on top of The Viking. I used Mr Chapman’s notes and maps as well as carrying the SV Maps Buller-Howitt Alpine Area 1:50,000 sheet and Rooftop’s Jamieson-Licola Adventure Map in case I need an overview.
AAWT, Day 1, October 2017.
AAWT, Previous day, October 2017.
The Razor Viking Circuit, Alpine National Park, 2006.