A weather window of 3 fine days was approaching and I decided to return to the Cradle Mountain area to catch the last of the Fagus. Deciduous Beech, alias Fagus, is Tasmania’s only deciduous plant. It turns the slopes of the mountains a glorious golden hue for a brief period each Autumn.
Earlier this month over the Easter long weekend I headed back to rediscover my love for a familiar country, the Ngarigo high country. With good weather forecast and a wonderful full moon, I thought it was high time I returned to the beautiful hills of Kosciuszko National Park.
Every year near Anzac Day, a special event occurs in the Tasmanian highlands. Australia’s only native deciduous plant, Deciduous Beech or nothofagus gunnii,alias the Fagus, clothes the mountainsides in a glorious golden mantle.
Moonarie is an incredible, sacred and special place that has a certain peacefulness to it I have never experienced before, I would strongly recommend climbers, bushwalkers, trail runners and everyone in-between to check it out and spend a day or two there enjoying the serenity.
An often neglected process, inspecting your climbing equipment should be a routine habit before heading out to the gym or crag. Confidence that your gear is in top condition is an important part of staying safe on the wall, and might just reduce the pucker factor when you're struggling through that sandbagged, run out route your friend suggested to you.
Winter is on the way and Easter is always an exciting time with high levels of anticipation about the season ahead. It’s also my favourite time to hike with preseason frosts and clear bright blue azure skies but in the mountains, you need to be prepared for all conditions at all times.