That Mad Belgian

Tasmania specific bushwalking discussion.
Forum rules
Tasmania specific bushwalking discussion. Please avoid publishing details of access to sensitive areas with no tracks.

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby bernieq » Wed 12 Sep, 2018 6:36 pm

I'm wondering why he didn't go west at Erskine Pt, through Junction Narrows, across to and through Twevletrees Narrows then down the west side of the Twelvetrees Range ? Obviously harder paddling heading west, given the wind, but it's at least with the flow.

Then it would have been a short distance (mostly road/track) through Strathgordon to Lake Pedder and then he'd have the wind (partly) behind him for a long paddle to Scott's Peak.

We are responsible for the health of the planet - not it for ours
User avatar
bernieq
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 511
Joined: Tue 17 Jan, 2012 3:43 pm
Region: Victoria

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby doogs » Wed 12 Sep, 2018 7:04 pm

@bernieq he wouldn't have been able to paddle in that direction against the wind in a packraft. On a flat calm day I'd estimate a packraft can only travel at 3km/hr tops and today he travelled close to 10km/hr with the wind so I'd guess = no chance of progress through the narrows.
Do you want to build a snowman?
User avatar
doogs
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 3546
Joined: Mon 11 Oct, 2010 4:32 pm
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Overlandman » Wed 12 Sep, 2018 7:10 pm

Whatever, Wherever, Whenever
Overlandman
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1247
Joined: Sun 13 Nov, 2011 5:22 pm
Location: Tasmania
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby jmac » Wed 12 Sep, 2018 7:41 pm

inReach message from Lou-Phi 6:42PM: I wont mov tonight. Repaired 2nd leak mattrass. Hopefully i can reach shore tomorrow & paddle closetoit

I've replied: Forecast winds same tmrw, don't paddle if not totally safe, sleep as much as possible. Winds decrease Fri 15-25 kts, Sat 15-20kts. Everyone wishes U safe, well

Cheers, J.
jmac
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 163
Joined: Wed 11 Nov, 2009 11:03 am
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby GPSGuided » Wed 12 Sep, 2018 8:25 pm

A very lucky bloke to be so well supported by jmac and others on his quest.
Just move it!
User avatar
GPSGuided
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 6814
Joined: Mon 13 May, 2013 2:37 pm
Location: Sydney
Region: New South Wales

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Overlandman » Wed 12 Sep, 2018 8:33 pm

Day 40
12 Sept. Heavy rain & wind all night, could use wind blowing South but at inlet it changed to heavy SW with 1m+ waves, rain, hail & often gust. Wanted to SOS but pushed to island
Whatever, Wherever, Whenever
Overlandman
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1247
Joined: Sun 13 Nov, 2011 5:22 pm
Location: Tasmania
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby farefam » Wed 12 Sep, 2018 10:20 pm

Although they're fairly stable in the water, packrafts seem to catch the wind quite well, so you don't want to try paddling into a stiff breeze. I agree with Doogs that on calm , flat water you can only manage about walking pace (3-5 kph). And his current direction looks the shortest, easiest way to me.
farefam
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Wed 04 Jun, 2008 7:17 pm

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby stepbystep » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 9:17 am

The Twelvetree Narrows are extremely steep sided= no escape point and funnel the wind. It was hard work in an expedition kayak... Pity he didn’t get a friendlier wind direction. Up and over Cullen may be his easiest option from here. Go Louis!
The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders ~ Edward Abbey
User avatar
stepbystep
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 7531
Joined: Tue 19 May, 2009 10:19 am
Location: Street urchin
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby north-north-west » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 11:23 am

stepbystep wrote:The Twelvetree Narrows are extremely steep sided= no escape point and funnel the wind. It was hard work in an expedition kayak...

Only on the way out, because of the wind. Awesome place, but. Presumably the eastern narrows are similar. Must get Fred down there this summer and have a good look around.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
User avatar
north-north-west
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 11553
Joined: Thu 14 May, 2009 7:36 pm
Location: The Asylum
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: Social Misfits Anonymous
Region: Tasmania

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby NickMonk » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 11:35 am

Some pretty nasty conditions coming up on the weekend, with snow to 200m and thunderstorms. Surely given his current rations, position and weather he'll have to pull the pin?
Attachments
Screenshot_20180913-112840.jpg
NickMonk
Atherosperma moschatum
Atherosperma moschatum
 
Posts: 81
Joined: Thu 05 Feb, 2015 9:23 pm
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby wildwanderer » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 11:53 am

Is wind calmer at/before dawn on tassie lakes?
I have experienced this in other places

If so perhaps paddling early and then talking shelter maybe an option for progress?

Edit. Looking at Scotts Peak OBS I'm guessing not :(
User avatar
wildwanderer
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 817
Joined: Tue 02 May, 2017 8:42 am
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby gayet » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 12:59 pm

jmac wrote:inReach message from Lou-Phi 6:42PM: I wont mov tonight. Repaired 2nd leak mattrass. Hopefully i can reach shore tomorrow & paddle closetoit

I've replied: Forecast winds same tmrw, don't paddle if not totally safe, sleep as much as possible. Winds decrease Fri 15-25 kts, Sat 15-20kts. Everyone wishes U safe, well

Cheers, J.



Looks like he has taken your good advice. No movement yet.
gayet
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 888
Joined: Sat 12 Feb, 2011 8:01 pm
Location: Adelaide
Region: South Australia
Gender: Female

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Wherever I may roam » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 1:20 pm

Do we know if he plans to abandon equipment not required (pack raft, broken poles, other?) to be collected and reduce his carry weight when he reaches the public road around Scotts Peak Dam? Assuming he lands in that area. Or would this break one of his rules?
Last edited by Wherever I may roam on Thu 13 Sep, 2018 1:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Wherever I may roam
Nothofagus gunnii
Nothofagus gunnii
 
Posts: 36
Joined: Thu 19 Mar, 2015 9:27 am
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby NickMonk » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 1:29 pm

Does anyone have any experience with this track? Best bet to get to the road? Seems to still exist to some degree on aerial photos.
Attachments
Screenshot_20180913-132339.jpg
NickMonk
Atherosperma moschatum
Atherosperma moschatum
 
Posts: 81
Joined: Thu 05 Feb, 2015 9:23 pm
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby wildwanderer » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 1:31 pm

Looks like he is on the move again. Stay safe buddy!
User avatar
wildwanderer
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 817
Joined: Tue 02 May, 2017 8:42 am
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby north-north-west » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 1:53 pm

NickMonk wrote:Does anyone have any experience with this track? Best bet to get to the road? Seems to still exist to some degree on aerial photos.


It's not obvious from the canal.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
User avatar
north-north-west
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 11553
Joined: Thu 14 May, 2009 7:36 pm
Location: The Asylum
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: Social Misfits Anonymous
Region: Tasmania

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby tastrax » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 2:10 pm

Bit of a tail wind for him today.....how well do packrafts surf?

http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/
Cheers - Phil

OSM Mapper
User avatar
tastrax
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 6:25 pm
Location: What3words - epic.constable.downplayed
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: RETIRED! - Parks and Wildlife Service
Region: Tasmania

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby gayet » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 2:15 pm

Was just over 5km/hr last time I looked.
gayet
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 888
Joined: Sat 12 Feb, 2011 8:01 pm
Location: Adelaide
Region: South Australia
Gender: Female

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby north-north-west » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 2:16 pm

tastrax wrote:Bit of a tail wind for him today.....how well do packrafts surf?


According to them in the know, they like a tailwind and can move pretty fast when being blown along. Just hard to steer.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
User avatar
north-north-west
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 11553
Joined: Thu 14 May, 2009 7:36 pm
Location: The Asylum
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: Social Misfits Anonymous
Region: Tasmania

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby tastrax » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 2:22 pm

NickMonk wrote:Does anyone have any experience with this track? Best bet to get to the road? Seems to still exist to some degree on aerial photos.


The imagery on LIST is quite old (2007-2010) and the track looks quite feint

https://maps.thelist.tas.gov.au/listmap ... kId=312151
Last edited by tastrax on Thu 13 Sep, 2018 2:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Cheers - Phil

OSM Mapper
User avatar
tastrax
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 6:25 pm
Location: What3words - epic.constable.downplayed
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: RETIRED! - Parks and Wildlife Service
Region: Tasmania

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby wildwanderer » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 2:23 pm

tastrax wrote:Bit of a tail wind for him today.....how well do packrafts surf?

http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/


Apparently quite well in certain hands.

:shock: :shock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_3xRFOGg74 :shock: :shock:
Last edited by wildwanderer on Thu 13 Sep, 2018 2:55 pm, edited 2 times in total.
User avatar
wildwanderer
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 817
Joined: Tue 02 May, 2017 8:42 am
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby tastrax » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 2:29 pm

gayet wrote:Was just over 5km/hr last time I looked.


Wow, he is powering along!

Blowing quite a bit at Scotts Peak!

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDT60801 ... 5958.shtml
Cheers - Phil

OSM Mapper
User avatar
tastrax
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 6:25 pm
Location: What3words - epic.constable.downplayed
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: RETIRED! - Parks and Wildlife Service
Region: Tasmania

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby mikeb » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 2:53 pm

[quote="tastrax"]Bit of a tail wind for him today.....how well do packrafts surf?

Think he has one of these smaller ones that weigh 3kg? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEA3Yk2ycDU
mikeb
Atherosperma moschatum
Atherosperma moschatum
 
Posts: 69
Joined: Mon 14 Apr, 2014 12:32 pm
Region: Australian Capital Territory
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby wildwanderer » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 3:09 pm

hmm.. reverse course.. Looks like he doesnt like what is in the inlet.. must be fairly rough.

reverse course.JPG
reverse course.JPG (83.47 KiB) Viewed 867 times
User avatar
wildwanderer
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 817
Joined: Tue 02 May, 2017 8:42 am
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby rangersac » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 3:19 pm

Back on track and powering along!
rangersac
Atherosperma moschatum
Atherosperma moschatum
 
Posts: 52
Joined: Mon 16 Apr, 2018 9:01 am
Region: Tasmania

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby NickMonk » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 3:19 pm

Nope, he's right in the inlet now if you look.
NickMonk
Atherosperma moschatum
Atherosperma moschatum
 
Posts: 81
Joined: Thu 05 Feb, 2015 9:23 pm
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Warin » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 3:24 pm

wildwanderer wrote:hmm.. reverse course.. Looks like he doesnt like what is in the inlet.. must be fairly rough.


Just glitch. Best to wait until the day finishes (that can be quite late) before any analysis.

He may well cross or reach the road tonight.
User avatar
Warin
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 695
Joined: Sat 11 Nov, 2017 8:02 am
Region: New South Wales

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby GPSGuided » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 3:46 pm

Gosh, he is getting really close to the canal! Go Mr!

Has he reached a dry canal entrance?
Last edited by GPSGuided on Thu 13 Sep, 2018 4:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Just move it!
User avatar
GPSGuided
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 6814
Joined: Mon 13 May, 2013 2:37 pm
Location: Sydney
Region: New South Wales

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby mikeb » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 4:32 pm

The man is a machine! He'll reach or cross the road tonight if he wants to.

He's probably stopped paddling now and will need to either walk up the river (subject to water level/flow rate) or follow the river to the canal.
mikeb
Atherosperma moschatum
Atherosperma moschatum
 
Posts: 69
Joined: Mon 14 Apr, 2014 12:32 pm
Region: Australian Capital Territory
Gender: Male

Re: That Mad Belgian

Postby Guido » Thu 13 Sep, 2018 4:47 pm

I took this pic last february. Paddling the canal would not be possible I guess?
Looks like crossing over to the south side and walk the road is the better/quicker option.
Attachments
Naamloos.png
User avatar
Guido
Nothofagus gunnii
Nothofagus gunnii
 
Posts: 21
Joined: Wed 24 May, 2017 4:45 pm
Location: Netherlands
Region: Other Country
Gender: Male

PreviousNext

Return to Tasmania

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests