October 20, 2021 5 Comments
I had planned to walk into one of my favourite areas again, the Walls of Jerusalem but on the morning that I intended to head in, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a Bushwalker’s Weather Alert. This didn’t match with what my preferred forecast program Windy said and I have found that program to generally be very accurate. So I started the climb up towards Trappers Hut with a sense of curiosity to see what the day would bring.
Certainly, it was cool, probably 2 or 3 degrees up on top with occasional light snow or hail but it was quite pleasant with little wind and it was only as I approached Dixon’s Kingdom Hut that I put on gloves and my Mont Odyssey jacket over Mont Power Dry thermals.
I continued past the hut and started heading south to a location that I had spotted on Google Earth that looked like it might have some flat clear areas for a tent.
My research certainly paid off as I came across a perfect campsite, fairly sheltered, with great views and water not too far away.
It was minus 1°C as I set the tent up and the temperature bottomed out at minus 5.4°C through the night with a light coating of snow greeting me in the morning.
I was in the Moondance 1 FN Tent for this trip. A spacious and quite warm 4 season 1 person tent. It’s a great tent for light trips as it only weighs a fraction over 1500g.
I was carrying summer bushwalking gear on this trip including my Helium 450 sleeping bag and a Guide Primaloft synthetic jacket. This gear is suitable for all but midwinter in Tassie and I was warm and comfortable.
While the ice still coated the vegetation in the morning I wandered around getting a few images. The sun soon dried the tent and then it was time to pack up ready for the walkout which almost became too warm as the temperature rocketed up to 6 or 7 degrees.
And the Bushwalker’s Alert? Nope.
Disclaimer: All weather warnings should be taken seriously and judged alongside your individual experience in the wild and preparedness.
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