Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Falls creek, 1700m

1. Morning view at "pole 532"
2. Evening view at "pole 532"
3. Brumbies (wild horses)
4. River marshes and pools
5. Sunset
6. me and my outdoor campsite
7. my van and rocky valley lake (Falls ck lake)
8. Alpine flowers and burnt snow gums
(click on a phot to enlarge)

Wed 7 – Sunday 11 jan 09
in the NE of Victoria, in the alps.
Falls creek resort and surrounds -
Cool, sometimes icy wind. Sunny days. Resort is ghost town, but a few cafes open, plus small supermarket.
I camp near lake. Run 20km in a circuit one day – great views.

One overnight trip, from pole 532 , 5km to a wild camp, then 15 km round with view of Mt Hotham, down to pretty valley pond and back to pole 532. I see several Brumbies and get within 25 m of some.

I did a 5 day walk in this area with my brother Marcus, about 13 yrs ago…

Lots of old mountain huts up here – eg Wallace’s hut – more than 100 yrs old. They have wood beams and tin, lots of character. Very useful in a winter emergency. It’s a high plateau up here – rolling with streams and wide expanses of grass. Great for Nordic skiing in winter – must come back here when there’s snow. Plenty of scope for multi-day trips with a tent, and the huts in very bad weather.

In the evening, I put on the down jkt and bonnet – big contrast the warm Bright, down in the valley. Some athletes are high-altitude training up here – Japanese cyclists, Rowers on the lake.


Cecilia said...

Jules, your photos are just getting better and better. They are really beautiful. Gorgeous landscapes! I feel as if I am "armchair travelling" when I look at them.

Jules said...

Thanks Celia

Shona said...
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Shona said...

Lovely to speak to you tonight and hear first hand your impressions of the things you do and see in your travels. Congrats about future plans...glad you are keeping us posted. xx