Day 51 :: Denmark to West Cape Howe
This is our last double-hutter today, and one of the biggest days of our walk. Time constraints necessitated trimming a day, and Isabel, our Foundation Helper, first suggestion was to bypass Nullaki (as a mosquito infested stop, anyway). We also have quite a few kilometres in a motor boat today: we set up Mad Fish Charters a month or so before starting the walk, and I'm very pleased too, as the YHA boys were saying that he was not available to take them across. But it's an early start as he's got lots of other work to do after us: which suits us as it's a very long day today – the length of the day tempers the excitement of the boat ride ;)
We'd left batteries charging overnight and the boots stuffed with newspaper, trying to dry them (we were very happy with the results!). I eventually got up about 5am to make sure all the batteries were topped up (including the FUSE battery – which is an extremely handy feature of this gadget).
Not a brilliant sleep, but good enough. P got up early and I got an extra 10-20 minutes which made a big difference. We quickly moved the tent under cover as it wasn't wet and went through packing everything up. The honey butter crumpets were fabulous, P did a brilliant job cooking them perfectly. The new muesli was very tasty, so we're pretty pleased (no soap powder: yeh!!)
Day 51 Google Earth Track
Denmark Nullaki West Cape Howe
|Length||31.97 km||Day Length||8:52|
|Ascend||1651 m||Descend||1489 m|
The timing of it all was perfect and Madfish early. Very nice chap who had us in and away "tout de suite!" Great ride across in the boat didn't take long.
The Nullaki section was the worst so far. Off the wharf, there were no waugals – well, there was one on the other side pointing to the wharf. Then the walk...
Pelican Point: good views, NZ spinach
Escaped lawn grasses: long and wet
Boots got very wet (inside) very quickly through the long Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu (pretty poor) – but I'm sure the boots are failing. Hope they get me through the next couple of days.
Walk to Nullaki not inspiring, next to roads all the way, didn't help having wet feet though not raining
Large shower at morning tea
We stopped at Nullaki for morning tea, Sandi taking her already wet boots and socks off in an attempt to dry them a little. It was quite odd to think we'd just completed Section 54: we were quite glad not to be staying (though it was tempting) as we were swatting mosquitoes quite vigorously over morning tea as we read the highlights of the next section from the Guidebook.
Much nicer next part, old kangaroo, more showers
Even though our boots were wet through, we were warming up and enjoying the glorious flower colours on this dull day.
After lunch the Track continues West behind Knapp Head, toward the Coast at Lowlands Beach.
Sun out much better and hearts lighter, though packs uncomfortable and feet groaning and grumbling: so tired
Couple of unscheduled stops: huge difference
Some great views right through to Stirlings (?) Dramatic weather changes.
We learned a good lesson today: We often tried to push through when we were feeling tired. But today we just couldn't: my pack just felt sooooo uncomfortable we had to stop. And after a short break, something to eat and drink, we walked the remaining kilometres with relative ease!
A Dugite by the path. Bobtail
I feel so tired, stiff and sore, but we are here. Thanks be to God. 5 others here so far, so who knows.
Felt like a very long walk today, which I'm sure the rain does – only 28 something kms walking, but I was very uncomfortable for the last 5-10. In fact, the first 10 to Nullaki was uncomfortable too. No flies in the rain though.
A little shocked to find so many people in the shelter tonight. We felt we'd only just got rid of the 3 YHA blokes that we'd hutted with for the last bit, only to find those three replaced by another 4! We were to hut with them all the way to Albany, and as the YHA blokes did, these guys turned out to be super friendly and great to hut with. I did miss the solitude though.
One of our latest arrivals, so didn't waste much time and got dinner happening and the tent up. Retreated for a short period up the hill to see if we could get some reception for the phone. With a new group of people we had to explain our odd lucky dip routine, and funnily enough the other walkers all had JetBoils and were using BackCountry dehydrated meals as well.
|West Cape Howe||S||P||A||T|
|Soup||Cream of Tomato||4.5||4.5||4.5||4.3|
|Meal||Honey Soy Chicken||4.5||4||4.3||4.3|
West Cape Howe hut is nestled between low hills, with good tent sites (not many) close – though it looks like someone has used a mulcher on the shrubs. A picnic table up the hill in front of the hut gave great views and mobile phone reception (just – a little finicky).
|Denmark River Mouth||0.0||7:00 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Nullaki Peninsular Boat Ramp||3.9||3.9||955.6||7:18 AM||0:18||0:18||271.7||13.0||13.0||3.5|
|Nullaki Wilderness Gate||5.0||8.9||960.5||8:54 AM||1:36||1:54||273.3||3.1||4.7||3.5|
|Eden Road||1.7||10.5||962.2||8:59 AM||0:05||1:59||273.4||20.2||5.3||3.5|
|Nullaki Campsite||4.1||14.6||966.3||9:50 AM||0:51||2:50||274.2||4.8||5.2||3.5|
|Tennessee Road South||12.5||27.1||978.8||2:17 PM||4:27||7:17||278.7||2.8||3.7||3.5|
|West Cape Howe Campsite||4.9||32.0||983.7||3:53 PM||1:36||8:53||280.3||3.0||3.6||3.5|
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