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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Climbing Mount Amos

Tasmania isn't known for its settled weather (we are in the Roaring Forties, next stop Antarctica, after all) but, after our welcoming gales, we've had a few days of beautifully sunny and calm conditions. We took full advantage of it to climb Mount Amos in the Freycinet National Park. The signs at the bottom of the track warned of significant safety risks, a poorly marked track over boulders and smooth rock slopes and some strenuous and steep ascents but it was worth it for the views!

The rocky mount dominates the north side of Wineglass Bay

At the first viewpoint on the lower slopes

On the smooth rock face of the higher slopes. There are warnings not to attempt the climb in wet weather because these areas become very tricky.

The rock surface shines - it's not wet, it's the calcification caused by rainwater cascading down it. 

An improbably-balanced boulder. Coles Bay is below.

Some narrow gullies had to be climbed (this was one of the easier ones).

Team Maunie at the summit

It was a long hot day but so worth the effort. Dianne kept the severity of a toe injury from us (she stubbed it as we landed the dinghy on the beach) and hiked through the pain - it looked an interesting colour when she finally took her walking boots off!

and this little piggy went "Ow, Ow, Ow, all the way home!"

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