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Du Cane Range traverse

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by nickthetasmaniac, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Some photos from the Du Cane Traverse - a skyline traverse in Tasmania's Cradle Mt/Lake St Clair NP.

    All shot with the GH2 and Nokton 25mm.





















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  2. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Beautiful pictures!
  3. Wonderful series Nick of no doubt a great traverse. Is that Noktor glued to your GH2? :smile:

    I wonder why you are wearing gaiters? I only use them while crossing snowfields but I did not see any snow in your photos?
  4. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    You have clearly not walked off-track in Tasmania :wink:

    Scrub, mud, snakes, mud, scoparia, mud etc etc...
  5. RetroBoy

    RetroBoy Mu-43 Regular

    Aahh, I've been to Tassie 3 times but yet to get to the Cradle Mountain area.
    Thanks for taking me there briefly.
    Great shots, beautiful place, well done.
  6. Nope, only the Alps and some small walks in the Canadian Rockies (18 years ago) :smile:

    But I'd love to.. if only my wife would agree....:biggrin:
  7. Thanks for posting the photos. More incentive to eventually visit your part of the world. Snakes freak me out a bit though. Scoparia? Is that an Aarn Natural Balance pack I see on the back of the person scrambling up the rocky section?
  8. Great, great set of pics. Are there better times of year to visit the area (weather, etc)?
  9. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Good stuff Nick.

    That bush hut in the second looks like the perfect place to spend a weekend. We have heaps up here in Victorian alpine country and I've stayed in a few....after a good bush walk settling into one of those is amazing...I love the ritual of reading through the interesting stories written in the hut visitors journals. Unfortunately though, we seem to loose one every year during bushfire season !

    Second last shot is great too....love the OOF rendering in the background, nice and smooth, makes the hiker pop and adds a lot of depth to the shot....feels like I could step into the scene.

    Good post :thumbup:
  10. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Snakes are fine - they're generally more afraid of you! Richea scoparia is one of the dominant alpine plants in Tasmania and has very spikey leaves - makes for rather brutal scrub-bashing when off track...

    Yep it's a Natural Balance :smile: Do you use one? I didn't realise Aarn was a known brand in Nth America... I'm looking at getting the bigger Load Limo around christmas :smile:

    Depends what you want out of the trip! The walk we did would be very difficult in winter if there was any ice or snow - you'd probably need crampons and ropes...

    Generally walking is easier and safer in summer (Nov - Mar), but personally I prefer to walk in winter. There's much less in the way of crowds and from a photographic perspective the light is much sharper and cleaner (midday summer light is often flat and dull...). Snow and frost also make the landscape 'pop'. That said, winter walking can be dangerous and I wouldn't recommend it without the right gear and some experience.

    If you want to walk the Overland Track itself between Oct and Apr then you will need to book and get a permit ($150 I think). If you walk out of season it's free (except the standard parks pass).

    It's beautiful hey! The Mountain Huts Preservation Society does some amazing work maintaining the old trappers and graziers huts in the Tasmanian highlands. I think Kosciuszko Huts Association does something similar on the mainland?
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  11. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Parks Victoria play the primary role with help from various groups like the CFA and state electricity. There are also private groups that act as sponsors. The bush hut has a long history in south eastern Australia...more than just abandoned buildings, they are icons and part of Aussie folklore. Less than 50 left so its always a sad thing when we lose one to fire.

    Been a long while since my last stay in one and that hut photo you posted in this set reminded me of some really good times...and an old girlfriend or two !! :rolleyes: 
  12. Aarn packs are now available in the USA. The NB I use was purchased from a shop in New Zealand. No need to leave any of the mu43 gear on the shelf when using the Aarn. Makes a heavy load feel light. I'm thinking the opposite. A Magic Mountain for the shorter or more minimalist trips. But for now it's just cinch down the NB
  13. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Interesting... Nice to see the Antipodean brands getting some recognition 'up there' :smile:

    Yeah I've got some week + trips to the Southwest (not to mention Finland, the Alps and the Himalaya next year) planned - so 90lts is basically a minimum...

    I'm thinking of using some small inserts from someone like Domke or TTP and placing them in the top of the large Expedition Pockets, as it looks like the Photo Pockets are more designed for a largeish (7D/D300) dSLR and are probably unnecessary for MFT. Hopefully they'll be the 'holy grail' of photographic bushwalking :smile:
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