Windermere Hut, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, TAS

Day 303 – 16th December 2011
Windermere Hut, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, TAS

Day 2 of 8 – Overland Track
Waterfall Valley to Windermere (8km, 80m ascent, 100m descent)
Side Trip:        Barn Bluff (8km return, 360m ascent/descent)
                        Lake Will (3km return, 50m ascent/descent)

This morning we slightly backtracked on the Overland Track to climb Barn Bluff (1559m ASL). An easy start to the climb but soon we were amongst the boulders again (still not Nele’s favourite part). At the top we enjoyed wonderful views back to Cradle Mountain and ahead to Lake Will. Back at Waterfall Valley Hut we decided to move on to the next hut to give us a better chance to have good weather for climbing Mt Ossa in 2 days. So we quickly packed our bags and had lunch. We walked for 1.5h before reaching Lake Holmes where a side tack veers off to Lake Will. We continued further along the lake via a very muddy track to Innes Falls. Back at the main track it started raining slightly so we put on our rainjackets and covers over the backpacks. We continued walking and were glad to arrive at Lake Windermere, indicating the hut wasn’t too far off. We enjoyed a Thai Green Chicken Curry freeze-dry meal for dinner and afterwards went for a walk back to the lake in the hope to spot some wildlife (not much luck). Soon after we hit the sack as we were pretty tired.



Cooking breakfast

Mmm...yummy, nice warm porridge

Here we go again.... hopefully the clouds clear
Barn Bluff Climb

Barn Bluff Climb

Getting closer
Barn Bluff Climb

Views along the way
Barn Bluff Climb

And up we go......
Barn Bluff Climb

Summit in sight
Barn Bluff Climb

Rock scrambling to the summit
Barn Bluff Climb

We've made it!
Barn Bluff Climb

Summit
Barn Bluff Climb

Summit - view over Lake Will
Barn Bluff Climb

Summit - nice views
Barn Bluff Climb

Summit - nice views
Barn Bluff Climb

Climbing back down
Barn Bluff Climb

Almost at the bottom again
Barn Bluff Climb

Back on the Overland Track

Packing up our gear
Waterfall Valley Hut

Leaving Waterfall Valley Hut

Heading towards Windermere Hut
Overland Track

Heading towards Windermere Hut
Overland Track

Heading towards Windermere Hut
Overland Track

Lake Holmes - heading towards Windermere Hut
Overland Track

Heading towards Windermere Hut
Overland Track

Covered our packs to hopefully keep away the pesky crows
Side trip - Lake Will

It's getting a bit muddy
Lake Will walk

I think we will have to clean our boots
Lake Will walk

Creek - Innes Falls
Lake Will walk

 Innes Falls
Lake Will walk

Walking back along the lake
Lake Will walk

Walking back along the lake
Lake Will walk

Barn Bluff in the background
Lake Will walk

Lake Will & Barn Bluff
Lake Will walk

Lake Will & Barn Bluff
Lake Will walk

Lake Will & Barn Bluff
Lake Will walk

Back on the Overland track - it's a bit misty

Heading towards Windermere Hut
Overland Track

Heading towards Windermere Hut
Overland Track

Heading towards Windermere Hut
Overland Track

Lake Windermere ... Windermere Hut can't be far away anymore
Overland Track

Heading towards Windermere Hut
Overland Track


Arriving at Windermere Hut
Overland Track
Lake Windermere
Windermere Hut

Lake Windermere
Windermere Hut

Lake Windermere
Windermere Hut

Lake Windermere
Windermere Hut

For those wishing to tent you have platforms
Windermere Hut

Little Joey
Windermere Hut

Sunset
 Windermere Hut

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the story of that hike and fantastic photos!
    We are heading to Overland in a week, hope for the luck with weather, as you were lucky ;)

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