In the midst of a pandemic and resultant border closures, all interstate adventures teeter on the verge of cancellation. Hence, it was with a sense of bewilderment that 3 of us locked the car and set foot on the Western Arthur traverse last week.
After being regaled with numerous anecdotes of people being snowed in on the range for days, we had a constant sense that a brutal weather system might be just around the corner.
Luckily, the weather smiled upon us with only a couple of days of hefty wind and rain. The rest of the time, we found ourselves wandering through the dense scrub in misty, overcast or beautifully sunny conditions.
The week of walking (and scrambling) took us up and down numerous peaks and weaving through the lake-ridden landscape. The day of walking from Lake Oberon to High Moor was particularly spectacular, with the near-perfect conditions providing great views of the surrounding vista. All in all, a great trip.
Thanks to Mont for keeping us dry, warm, and sheltered from the wind!
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