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That Mad Belgian

Postby Nuts » Sat 10 Feb, 2018 6:58 pm

AKA louis philippe Loncke (http://www.louis-philippe-loncke.com/) is at it again. Without so much as a stop off at The Hungry Wombat he intends to traverse Tassie's mountain's north to south, in winter, and yes, without that resupply! Phew louis, good luck!

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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Wed 14 Feb, 2018 3:34 pm

What an undertaking, good luck to him.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Bill P » Tue 27 Feb, 2018 5:22 pm

Are there any tracks between Derwent Bridge and Scott’s Peak dam?
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Mowser » Tue 27 Feb, 2018 6:15 pm

I always enjoyed reading the post from his 2007 trip. Truly epic. Can't believe he's coming for more, and in winter no less!
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby ofuros » Tue 27 Feb, 2018 7:07 pm

Just finished reading about his 1st trip...I'm surprised he survived !
Tenacious bugger, all the best for round two.

http://www.louis-philippe-loncke.com/20 ... eport.html

Starting out with a 50kg load on his 1st trip... :shock:

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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby north-north-west » Wed 28 Feb, 2018 9:57 am

Bill P wrote:Are there any tracks between Derwent Bridge and Scott’s Peak dam?


Apart from the old Jane River Track and the one up King Willy I, not really. This is an epic in summer, in winter . . . well, he can have it.

edit: map looks like he's going down over the Denisons, so there is the Rasselas track, although that misses the ridgeline . . . to stick to the peaks he'd have to go down via Stepped and/or Wright, and then cross the Gordon to continue over either Clear Hill (there is a track to the road from the summit) or the Thumbs (the old Packer Spur track, which is a fair way down).
And then what - along the Sawback or Ragged Ranges? There are roads/4wd tracks along the sides, but the ridges, again, are very hard work.
From there he could pick up the old Pedder track that goes over the eastern shoulder of Bowes, find a way to NE spur on Anne, and pick up the circuit track which gets him to Red Tape Ck.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby north-north-west » Wed 28 Feb, 2018 10:19 am

Nah, he's not really following the ranges - sticking to low country wherever possible, with a few exception like the OT and Wedge and Anne. Port Davey track in winter ain't fun - the mud is going to be over his head in places.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Orion » Wed 28 Feb, 2018 11:51 am

Mowser wrote:I always enjoyed reading the post from his 2007 trip. Truly epic. Can't believe he's coming for more, and in winter no less!

My guess is it took him ten years to forget how bad it was.

A north/south traverse sounds really cool to me. The starvation part not so much. Good luck to him though.


I spent a couple hours talking to a woman in Melaleuca who is currently doing a Cockle Creek to Tarkine trip. Her name is Sarah Marquis, probably familiar to some of you. I also spoke to a guy planning a big south to north trip for next winter. He was a bit coy about it all but said he's sticking to ridges and will include the PB->Fed section. And he'll have food.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby warnabrother » Thu 01 Mar, 2018 11:08 am

65kg of load !!
In winter
In Tassie...

Who pays for his helicopter rescue ?? :) :)
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Robert H » Thu 01 Mar, 2018 11:35 am

He has a bit more info on his website: http://www.louis-philippe-loncke.com/20 ... -trek.html

Such as:
Ideal ROUTE - avoid asphalt / vehicle roads!

Stage 1: Walk the Penguin-Cradle trail to Cradle Valley. (76km)
Stage 2: The Overland Track + Climb Cradle Mountain and Mount Ossa (80km)
Stage 3: Off Track to Lake Rhona, Rasselas packraft the Gordon River to Gordon Lake (+102km)
Stage 4: Paddle Gordon Lake, Over to Mount Wedge, Down to Lake Pedder. Climb Mount Anne and walk to Scott’s peak Dam (+85km)
Stage 5: Walk the Port Davey Track, if time visit the South West Cape (63 +2*25 km)
Stage 6: Walk the South Coast Track to the South East Cape. End in Cockle Creek. (84 +2*5km)
Total estimated with the mountain climbs : 500 km; and Cape side trips: 550 km


Note he is taking a packraft with him.

I also know of someone (a local) hoping to do a similar walk from South to North departing in early April, but with a couple of pre-stashed food drops and along the ranges (I know the Arthurs for sure are on his route). Both crazy buggers if you ask me, but wish them both well.
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Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby ofuros » Thu 01 Mar, 2018 12:53 pm

I also know of someone (a local) hoping to do a similar walk from South to North departing in early April, but with a couple of pre-stashed food drops and along the ranges (I know the Arthurs for sure are on his route). Both crazy buggers if you ask me, but wish them both well.


Food drops are the way to go...your friend sounds a bit more sane. :lol:
But each to their own...it's the Mad Belgians adventure.
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