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Eastern Arthur Range traverse

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by nickthetasmaniac, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Here's a collection of shots from my recent attempt at traversing the Eastern Arthur Range. The Eastern Arthurs are the southern half (despite the name) of the infamous Arthur Range, in Tasmania's Southwest wilderness, and include Federation Peak; notorious for being 'just' climbable without ropes.. Combined, the Arthurs are probably the most challenging on-track bushwalking destinations in Australia. The Range is very remote (we walked a total of 40km on the first and last days just to access the area) and walkers are often exposed to very sketchy and exposed tracks (not to mention the lovely Southwest weather :smile:).

    All in all it was a fantastic trip, with terrible weather on the approach and departure, but still and dry for the four days on the range itself :smile:

    All shot on the GH2, with an assortment of lenses (once again, I appologise for the number of shots :redface:)

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    20/f1.7 - Mixed rainforest on the approach through the New River Valley

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    20/f1.7 - Will on Moss Ridge.

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    20/f1.7 - First glimpse of Federation Peak


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    40-150 MSC - Looking north to the Anne Massif in the distance (I've posted about Anne before)

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    7-14/f4 - Nick on the Federation 'Direct Ascent' (the edge drops sheer about 600m to Lake Geeves below)

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    40-150 MSC - Looking across the summit to the West Coast ranges

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    40-150 MSC - Thwaites Plateau and the 'Four Peaks' - we would traverse this on Day 3.

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    40-150 MSC - South to Precipitous Bluff and New River Lagoon.

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    20/f1.7 - Pete checking out the legendary log book - 15 pages go back to 2009

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    20/f1.7 - North with the Eastern Arthur Range in the foreground and Western Arthur Range in the background.

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    7-14/f4

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    7-14/f4 - Descending at the start of the Southern Traverse - note the people in the top left for scale :eek:

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    7-14/f4 - Pete checking out the 'track'

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    7-14/f4 - Will 'sidling'

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    7-14/f4 - Looking west toward the Hanging Lake track

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    40-150 MSC - Looking back across Thwaites Plateau with Federation on the left.

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    7-14/f4 - Pack-hauling through Four Peaks

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    20/f1.7 - Mountain Man :smile:

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    20/f1.7 - Traversing toward Stuart Saddle

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    20/f1.7 - Richea pandanifolia

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    40-150 MSC

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    7-14/f4 - Sunset from The Dial

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    40-150 MSC - Golden hour light over Federation

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    40-150 MSC - West Coast ranges

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    20/f1.7 - The Arthur Plains - we would cross these on Day 5

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    20/f1.7

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    20/f1.7 - Storm clouds gather over the Plains

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    40-150 MSC - Razorback Ridge

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    7-14/f4 - Lunch on the Yo Yo Track, Day 6 (final day)
     
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  2. Mcarthur

    Mcarthur New to Mu-43

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    Jan 8, 2012
    Excellent.
    Did you take your entire kit (from your sig)?

    I've always wanted to do the walk, also the overland from cradle mtn - got to look at it a couple of years ago but only sightseeing by car.

    How do you rate using the m43 on the walk? The gh2?
    I'm trying to be swayed to go m43 (see my other thread on switching or adding m43 from FF canon)...
     
  3. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lol no, just the GH2, 7-14, 20/f1.7 and 40-150 :smile: MFT gear was fantastic - very compact and perfectly capable. The only real weakness was highlight headroom in the very high-contrast scenes with bright clouds and deep shadows. I also think that a high quality standard zoom (like the upcoming Lumix 12-35) would possibly be more suitable than the 20/f1.7, but I spose that that's mostly personal preference...

    The Eastern Arthurs is a fantastic walk, but it's at a totally different level to the Overland - physically much harder, much more remote, and much more exposed... I'm pretty experienced (I work as an Overland Track guide) and it was by far the hardest walk I've done!