Day 7 :: Monadnocks to Mt Cooke
An early morning, provoked by an uncomfortable night in the shelter, that produced some lovely early-morning photos and an early start to what the book called a "challenging" day. We are very much looking forward to this day: not too long and the guidebook promises lots of views.
Day 7 Google Earth Track
Monadnocks Mt Cooke
|Length||13.42 km||Day Length||6:08|
|Ascend||871 m||Descend||947 m|
P didn't sleep well in "hateful" hut and went off photographing pre-dawn. I had bizarre, horrid and somewhat strange dreams. Chilly morning so I sat in sleeping bag and finished writing up what I didn't finish last night. Lovely glow of dawn through silhouetted trees.
After wandering around Monadnocks campsite for over an hour being dazzled by the beauty of the emerging dawn I headed back to the shelter for breakfast to find that Sandi had it ready and waiting. It was still early and the dawn continued to develop as we breakfasted, gazing out at the magnificent, if not a little shrouded, view.
Cuthbert and Vincent peeked at us through the sunrise as we ate our breakfast. Should not be a hard walk today -- another beautiful day.
I told Sandi when packing to spare no expense on her anti-blister regime, and she'd brought Fixamul, comfeel and double socks... The last thing I wanted was for Sandi to have her walk made any more arduous because of blisters. After the shocking experience of blistering within the first hour on our Katoomba to Kanangra Walls walk (due to new orthotics), we were still searching and trying techniques to find what worked for Sandi. During our training we were pretty happy with the socks as Sandi didn't blister at all; so we're pretty hopeful.
Fixamul taken off today: we'll see how it goes.
There was, I think, a "friendly" quenda scuttling around before I went to sleep last night and I did hear it tinkling and chewing... and this morning a tee light left by the couple we had dinner with was pulled off the table and destroyed! A fairly quick breakfast: Perry not keen to dawdle. Went to the loo and last night the full moon had streamed in whilst this morning sunlight poured in, making sitting there very cosy indeed. Didn't want to move.
On the track early and a simply delightful wander through woodland, almost meadowy. Then Darling Range Ghost or Butter Gums which though not numerous, were very nice. Had lovely casuarina soft paths prior to this and a raking person had been busy.
A lovely ascent to Mt Cuthbert, we both enjoyed the short climb and it was simply gorgeous. Saw lots of the wee lizards zipping around like they were playing tip. Rock pools in evidence, moss lichen and huge numbers of various grevilleas, some orchids and huge numbers of yellow flowers.
Wandered down the saddle into forest and then a very red rocky, yellow flowery walk up Mt Vincent. Very different: not many open views here, but some gorgeous flowers. A red sort of pea shaped on a vine, many bushes, some surprising grevilleas...
Got phone reception and sent SMS to Rob & Judy. P got a bleeding nose very unexpected, but he got it sussed pretty quickly.
The two hills today were just like a rock garden, splendid with hibbertia and many, many other flowers. The views were long. Funny to look back on Mt Dale where we were just a few days ago.
very exposed part coming down. Some gorgeous orchids and surprising grevilleas. Saw a couple on a day walk coming down the big rock platforms, then suddenly into forest again. Saw 1 Lechenautia flower today. P said "L lover" must have put it there.
Orchids - a small yellow traditional look and pink traditional look and yes another striped one!
Bypassed Sullivan Rock, then big swampy area, then banged into school group. Went further on and found a gorgeous creek for washing the clothes and having lunch. I waded into creek to do the washing: cold but lovely. Wetted bandanas.
The school group passed us. Lovely walk past die-back casuarinas, then into good healthy ones. We passed the kids again and walked on, bit confused by new group area; a long way before hut, but the GPS got it right.
Had a wash again, feels great, then the kids arrived, plenty of noise to give warning of their arrival. A simply gorgeous day with very little strain.
|Monadnocks Campsite||0.0||8:04 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Mt. Cuthbert||3.3||3.3||104.3||9:12 AM||1:08||1:08||31.9||2.9||2.9||3.3|
|Mt. Vincent||2.0||5.3||106.3||10:21 AM||11:05 AM||1:09||2:17||33.1||1.8||2.3||3.2|
|Mt. Cooke Campsite||8.1||13.4||114.4||2:10 PM||3:05||5:22||36.2||2.6||2.5||3.2|
The kids did arrive, with plenty of enthusiasm and noise to go along with it, so we decided to go for a wander along the track past the toilet as there was lots of afternoon left. We were very glad we did as the flowers were spectacular. Had a nice chat to the group's teachers who explained their outdoor education programme: we were very impressed. We joked with them that we thought that some of the kids were extremely thoughtless bringing sausages and BBQ'ing them within our smelling range: the teacher was equally disturbed by the wafting aromas, but he hadn't been out on the track without fresh meat for 7 days!! We had tomorrow to look forward to though.
|Soup||Bacon & Potato||4||4||4.0||3.9|
Well it certainly was a short day with heaps of time taken over the two hills and bounteous amounts of flowers and long, long views! Tomorrow is another story: one of our biggest days of the walk. Just before leaving Sydney I rearranged our itinerary of this first section so that the hillier bits were in the mornings, when we definitely walk better. But that meant that we weren't getting into North Bannister at 2PM but more like 5PM. So I called them up again to check what time their kitchen closed and the conversation went something like this:
Me: What time does your kitchen close?That meant that we really needed to get an early start and make sure that we walked quickly and didn't have an extended lunch stop. Mind you: a fresh steak is a pretty big carrot in such situations!
Threeways Roadhouse: At 5pm. Unless it's quiet.
Me: That's good -- we're picking up a food parcel from you and are planning to buy dinner at the same time.
Threeways Roadhouse: Ok.
Me: We're arriving on Tuesday: Is it quiet on Tuesdays?
Threeways Roadhouse: Tuesday's are our quietest day.
Me: Oh. What time do you close on Tuesdays?
Threeways Roadhouse: It depends how quiet it is.
Me: About 4PM?
Threeways Roadhouse: Maybe, if it's not too quiet.
Tomorrow is a big day (length wise), where we hope to get to the roadhouse before the kitchen closes.
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