Heysen Blog 2

Walk 2 – Cobbler Hill to Tapannappa

Today we trekked through narrow tracks and dense native scrub in Deep Creek Conservation Park.  We (me) slipped and slid through narrow muddy tracks, particularly along Aaron Creek. Walking poles are the best invention ever; not to mention the helping hand of others. There were some very tricky, steep sections as we climbed in and out of gullies.  Once again Michael caught some spectacular scenery on camera.

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Walking towards the challenge of the climb and the mud

 

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Rain had prepared a muddy trail especially for us

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Back burning with regrowth just visible

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We dared to disturb her as we trekked past

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The best part of hiking is how remote and wild it is

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Reassuring trademark signs of the Heysen Trail

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Every now and then the bush cleared, but still not a human in sight.

I have learnt how incredibly uncoordinated I am, with a certain degree of unfitness 🙂 However, with a month in between walks, there are plenty of opportunities to build up skills and stamina. Without a magic wand, it’s just sheer hard work and a lot of determination. No more lifts for me, the car stays home as much as possible and the sun doesn’t set without a good walk. There will be walks I will miss until I build up my stamina but it’s all part of the adventure 🙂

Training: Ambers Gully

9/6/2019

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With the Friends of the Heysen, I took this 9 km walk this morning. We climbed uphill on the Yurrebilla Trail to take in the scenic view from the Sugarloaves lookout, then descended via a fire track with views over NE Adelaide. It drizzled lightly but we made it back to the cars before the downpour. Without muddy ground to navigate this was a pleasant Sunday morning walk.

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Sugarloaves lookout

 

 

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Heysen Blog

Welcome to my Blog! Whether you’re an actual or a virtual walker 🙂 come and share in the unfolding experience of walking the entire length of the Heysen Trail.  “End-to-End Group 14” (E2E 14) commenced on May 5th 2019 from Cape Jervis, South Australia.  After 1200km and 6 years we will reach Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges.  In the first few years, we will walk one Sunday a month during the walk season. In the 6th and final year, the walk includes weekends and culminates in 2 x 1 week long adventures. This brings us to the year 2025!

Walk 1 – Cape Jervis to Cobbler Hill

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Around 75 walkers commenced the 14th End-to-End (E2E 14) trail today.  We began this first E2E Walk from the Cape Jervis trailhead. We trekked along sandy coastal tracks and up and down hillsides. On this perfect Autumn day, we enjoyed spectacular views over Backstairs  Passage to Kangaroo Island. Viewing the Island from end to end felt like a symbol of what lay ahead for our 6-year trek.

We hiked to Blowhole Beach and stopped for a well-earned lunch break.  With boots and socks off, the water lapping on the edge of the sand was a welcome relief for burning feet.

The final portion of this first walk is a 3K climb through the native bushland of Deep Creek Conservation Park to Cobbler Hill. As members of the Group arrived at the end in groups, pairs, trickles, champagne was on offer, courtesy of the Friends.

One walk down, 60 to go!

 

Partial excerpt from The Friends of the Heysen Trail.

 

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Photos: Mark Scicluna Member of End to End 14

 

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Blowhole beach for lunch

 

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This Monarch butterfly settles on a type of Milkweed plant, possibly laying eggs.

 

 

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