|I got lucky today.|
|A bit of tent drying action under the blue sky this morning.|
|The AAWT climbs Mt Sunday Road for a couple of kilometres to start the day.|
|The views were opening up as I climbed into the rockier country.|
|Contouring a little bit using rock ribs and natural openings as I headed around the west peak.|
|My descent ridge of Mt MacDonald.|
|It all looks pretty easy looking back from here....|
I walked 11 kilometres and climbed 815 metres on what is another hard walk today. Over the 9 days on the AAWT so far the stats are 147 kilometres along with 6820 metres of ascent. I found water today in two spots flowing across Mt Sunday Road, from there to camp there is no reliable surface water, from camp I dropped down Nobs Track until I found water in a gully around a kilometre down the track. The camping situation today is a little thin, I suppose you could find enough flat ground to pitch a tent going up, over and down Mt MacDonald but you’ll be lumping your water up. Reaching Nobs Track there are a fews options, I chose the first grassy spot under some Snow Gums in a saddle on the ridge, mainly because it was probably the closest camp to water. Navigation sounds fairly daunting on paper but on the ground it’s not too bad. The climb up the spur to Mt MacDonald is more or less trackless, but for the most part the forest is fairly open a the crest of the spur makes navigation fairly easy. The crux of the day navigation wise is probably to pick the spot to drop off the crest of the ridge heading down off Mt MacDonald towards Nobs Track, it’s fairly obvious in good weather but would be more problematic in cloud (this is where my friend from earlier in the day had problems I think). I was still using John Chapman’s notes and maps as well as now carrying SV maps 1:50000 Buller-Howitt Alpine Area sheet along with Rooftop’s Jamieson - Licola Adventure Map for an over view. Communication wise today the mobile worked every time I turned it on (the top of Mt MacDonald and at camp on Nobs Track), with the AAWT now being relatively close to Mt Buller I was no doubt getting a signal from their tower.
AAWT Day 1, October 2017.
AAWT, Previous day, October 2017.
Mt MacDonald, Alpine National Park, 2017.
|The old track that drops down to meet Nobs Track passes through a couple of scrubby sections but is pretty easy to follow.|
|My camp on Nobs Track, almost at the spot the AAWT comes in from Mt MacDonald.|