After a night watching movies, swearing at the idiots that live behind me for setting off fireworks over our roof and scaring our poor dogs half to death (plus five calls to the police who failed to even show up once!), I decided that there was no better way to kick off the new year than going for a hike somewhere, and that somewhere happened to be Werribee Gorge - somewhere I'd never been, but always read about.
#1. Werribee Gorge is hot and dry.
Was some 26 degrees today, but something about that place, it is like a hot box. Never felt anything like it. And its dry as anything. Even though there's a river, I drank twice as much water here as I do anywhere else.
Anywho... ended up setting out to do the circuit from Meikles Point, but instead of going over the boring last few kilometres above Pattersons Gorge, I took the short cut down from the eastern lookout. Pretty sure it was somewhere around the lines of 7 or 8 kilometres in total.
#2. The walking along the river is NOT entirely straight forward.
Anyone who lives in this part of Melbourne knows that when the main rivers and creeks out this way flood (Maribyrnong, Lerderderg, Jacksons, Weribee, etc), they do it with class. Turns out that floods at the Weribee River have caused a few landslides here and there, and completely wiped the track out in some sections. As a middle aged guy that I met on track, who had been in the gorge more than his fair share of times, told me, "So long as the river is on your left (or right!), you'll be right!".
Not just that, but there was one section in particular, between Sluice Gate and Lionhead Beach, where the track seemed to disappear altogether. Kind of just ended at a wall, however upon getting closer, a suspended cable, that you had to use to sidle the wall a good hundred meters or so, the first part being a little awkward, the rest being quite fun. Slow going, but fun.
The last 4 kilometres or so from Blackwood Pool was interesting, the climb up was nice with some great views, but then was all downhill from there, and was glad to be back at the car.
All in all, a nice day. You can see the photos here - http://s1295.beta.photobucket.com/user/ ... Jan%202013
I also did a quick report on my blog as well for those interested - http://gonebushmad.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/a-stinking-hot-day-in-werribee-gorge.html
#3. My new Macpac Ascent is one fine pack. I loaded her up with a fair bit of weight, maybe around the 12 - 15kg mark, and it was great. Its a bit fiddly to get the adjustments perfect, and as the shoulder straps ride quite close to the neck, its a little tricky to get a fit that doesn't pinch your neck, but once you get it right, its a spot on great pack. Overall, a very comfortable pack, gives you great range of movement in areas when you need it (scrambling, etc), holds very nice and close to your back, and places the weight right where it needs to be, NOT on your shoulders.
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