Day 3 :: Helena to Beraking
The aim today, initially, is to rinse our clothes: two days walking in warm sun is about enough! The guidebook mentions some significant sounding water courses in Chinaman Gully and Helena River, so we're fairly confident we'll find enough water in one of them to wash the sweat out of our clothes. It's a good sized walk today as we're doing two sections and "double-hutting" through Waalegh, where we'll have a lunch stop (all things going well).
Day 3 Google Earth Track
Helena Waalegh Beraking
|Length||18.68 km||Day Length||7:53|
|Ascend||1242 m||Descend||1117 m|
The weather has been amazing with plenty of clear skies and sun. Because we charged the GPS batteries last night the FUSE was down to one light, so we're getting it into the sun at every opportunity: as soon as she sun's up in the morning we got the FUSE charging. Helena is an amazing campsite and the morning sun fills the campsite and shelter, making breakfast very enjoyable (as the air is quite cool); in fact the mornings are very cool and it takes some time on the track before we've warmed up enough to remove warm jerseys and hats.
...had a better sleep, in fact much better though at some stage in the night I did end up with my feet in P's end of bag part and felt silly 'cos I thought his were in mine. Managed to eat all my breakfast for once and we loaded and headed carrying a spare cup left in the hut that might belonging to Alec.
Got away again at 8:45. Today the aim is to stop at Waalegh for lunch and double-hut through to Beraking. Before that we plan to stop at one of the small creeks and wash our clothes: they'd been on our backs for a couple of days now in some warm walking, so were due for a rinse. Although the Guidebook warns about the fickleness of the streams, we've so far found them with a good quantity of water flowing.
Quite a hefty walk really. Did our rinsing of clothes in a small water course en route and had things pegged and hung onto the pack.
The track makes good use of existing bridges, and the bridge on Allen Road over the Helena River is no different. After we get back onto a bush track again we walk through a really gorgeous Wandoo forest. We are really taken with the Wandoo: it's a beautiful tree and walking through a Wandoo thicket is really amazing.
Stopped for morning tea where the Guidebook said were "outstanding views west and south-west": they were certainly extensive. It was a longish stop, and an opportunity to give the FUSE some good sun. Just as we were leaving I spotted a wee fringed lily that shared our morning tea spot without us knowing!
Went through some fabulous country, flowers and funny wattles and orchids and a glade of small bushes with little while flowers and I thought perfumed, but when closer they didn't smell. Gorgeous big rocks. Self topiarising small shrubs: woolly and funny.
Got to Waalegh nearly an hour ahead of schedule, so had a very relaxed and leisurely lunch break for 1:20! It was another glorious, warm day, so we were glad for the break: in fact we both felt the morning's walk today. Great to get pack, boots and socks off and drying in the sun.
Forgot to refill camelbaks this morning, but Waalegh hut, which was gorgeous, was made in time. Some truly lovely views today of weir and Mt. Dale and from Waalegh of the valley and a bushfire back towards Mundaring. Waalegh toilet with door open also afforded good views!
Jarod walked in, for the first time, just as we were getting ready to leave, and we acquainted ourselves. The morning's walk had been surprisingly stiff, and we really enjoyed the break and quite reluctantly put our boots and packs back on to set off again. It would have been pretty easy to stop for the night, but we headed off to Beraking.
The track basically winds along the rim of Darkin River Valley and has some nice views, before joining Ruen Road and shortly afterward Beraking campsite. We've brought staminaide for the hot days and today definitely qualifies!
A harder day today -- not sure if it was just the weight in my pack (2nd day I get the tent)... very glad to see Waalegh and stop for lunch in the sun. Wonderful hut -- view of bushfire. I'd organised these double-hutters with the harder half first -- but today's easier half my legs were quite sore and tired. Very, very glad to reach Beraking and find Alec. Beraking is certainly spectacular.
Quite a mixed day today...
We were both very glad to get to camp tonight: looking forward to relaxing and eating and sleeping. We pitch the tent next to the picnic table, away from the shelter, not that we're intending to stay up gazing at the view and the stars ;)
|Meal||Thai Chicken Curry||4.5||4.5||4.5||4.5|
Totally disappointed with FUSE charging camera battery (on 12v direct) -- maybe it needs better sun?? Put FUSE battery on @3:30 and at 7pm it was 3 lights.
Very happy with gear. Mats are great and give a wonderful sleep with no hips on ground.
Our ThermaRest NeoAir Trackers were helping us get some very good sleeps. Previously, with other mats, my hips grinding on the ground would give me a restless night, waking up numerous times in the night with discomfort to roll over again... but with the NeoAirs my hips didn't touch the ground at all. It was amazing to go to bed at night feeling pretty wrecked and wake in the morning feeling fresh and ready to do it all again! What was wonderful was that this did not diminish greatly over the walk.
|Helena Campsite||0.0||8:48 AM||0:00|
|Waalegh Campsite||9.7||9.7||41.0||12:28 PM||1:49 PM||3:40||3:40||12.7||2.7||2.7||3.2|
|Beraking Campsite||9.0||18.7||50.0||4:33 PM||2:44||6:24||15.4||3.3||2.9||3.2|
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