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Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:27 am
by Snow Nymph

Saturday, 20 June 2009 (day 1 of 2)
Mt Gar (aka Mt Difficult) in Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/86 ... 5983_hh5MM


SnowDude got a cottage at D'Alton Resort, and we were greeted by natives
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He thinks of everything!
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A friendly kangaroo at the trailhead
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Steep stuff starts here, follow the arrows
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Traversing below the sandstone cliffs, lots of ups, downs, and boulder hopping
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SnowDude on the summit of Mt Gar (aka Mt Difficult)
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Cold, but we stayed for an hour
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Great day for a hike
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Re: Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:08 pm
by will_jrob
Snowy, Thanks for the reminder that its winter down under. My sister and brother-in-law always talk up the Grampians when they visit the U.S.

Re: Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:38 am
by BSquared
I love those gigantic survey markers they put up on the Australian peaks; makes you feel like you're really someplace important! Definitely have to get to the Grampains some time.

Re: Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:44 pm
by Snow Nymph
So that's what they are! We saw one at Yorke Peninsula too, on a little peak we did.

So do you guys know of any good hikes in the Blue Mountains? I'm looking on the internet right now. Leaving for Sydney early Thursday. Today is Monday here. :D

I'm having trouble getting the Sunday pix up cuz I can't stay focused long enough. I'll try to get it up tonight. :-)

Re: Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:13 am
by BSquared
Don't know any good hikes in the Blue Mountains, but the Budawangs, around a hundred km down the coast from Sydney, are fantastic hiking. We only went on one seriously long hike there (and that was just a three-day backpacking trip), but the terrain and vegetation and animals were superb. We did some field work there on some back roads, too. Really a cool area. They're "rain forest" by southeastern Australian standards, and they're neat. If they're in range for your Sydney trip, definitely find out what you can about them. I can give you the e-mail of a friend of ours at ANU who has done extensive hiking there, if you want.

Re: Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:53 am
by Snow Nymph
We have a place to stay in the Blue Mtns, so we'll stick to that area. Thanks anyway!

Sunday, 21 June 2009 (day 2 od 2)
Mt Rosea Loop hike in Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PHOTOS: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/86 ... 2464_CdqnT


Lots of cool rock out there
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Another heart, formed by moss
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Got to a place with views
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SnowDude waiting on me, I was still having breathing issues here. Summit is behind on left (small metal fence)
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The summit wheel was put up before they switched to the metric system. We did 4.5 km up and 7.5 km down
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We went back a different way so the terrain was different, lots of green, and big slippery boulders.
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Now we’re in a tree area on a use trail
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Lots of different shapes and sizes
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Remains of a cabin
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The last section was tropical
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Re: Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:52 pm
by hikerduane
Thank you Cori.

Re: Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:54 pm
by ERIC
Fantastic. Keep 'em coming, and keep me jealous. :)

Re: Grampians NP, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:18 am
by madeintahoe
Cori...Just beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing them..I have been ejoying seeing the different landscapes...flora & of course the wildlife. How fortunate you both are to see and experience such a different part of the world :)

That summit wheel is the coolest thing

Take care