Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

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Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

Postby Pika » Tue 24 Mar, 2015 5:19 pm

Hi everyone,

Shell and I headed out for a day trip on Saturday.

Poor planning on my behalf meant we underestimated both the terrain and the distance.

Combined with the weather and Shell rolling her ankle it ended up being a tough day out.

19km in nine hours and some lessons learnt.

Full details here-

http://walkingtheparks.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/victoria-falls-to-blue-gum-forest-blue.html

Hope you enjoy.

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Re: Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

Postby north-north-west » Tue 24 Mar, 2015 5:45 pm

That ankle looks nasty, although it seems to be more bruising than inflammation. Has she had any medical attention?
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Re: Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

Postby Pika » Tue 24 Mar, 2015 5:54 pm

Just bruising.

She ran on it this morning.

I didn't even bother trying to argue with her.
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Re: Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

Postby GPSGuided » Tue 24 Mar, 2015 8:37 pm

Nice walk and photos. Thanks! Love walking in misty rain.

That's a pretty impressive bruise! All I can say is that she is a pretty tough gal to run with it. She really should rest it. That amount of blood (bruise) didn't come out of nowhere.
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Re: Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

Postby johnw » Tue 24 Mar, 2015 9:54 pm

Nice report and photos. That bruise does look angry - maybe some ice and elevation? And yes, rest if possible (but I understand the enthusiasm).
Although doable that walk would be a challenge (for me) as a return day trip. Personally I would only consider doing it as an overnighter from Vic Falls, or a one way day trip. If you wanted to "finish" the trip to Blue Gum Forest you could always go in via Pierces Pass, since that junction was the turnaround point. It's a steep-ish track but not difficult and BGF return is easily done in a day or less.
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Re: Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

Postby puredingo » Wed 25 Mar, 2015 6:41 am

Hell, you both pack heavy for a day trip...hate to see what's on your back for a 3 nighter!
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Re: Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

Postby Pika » Wed 25 Mar, 2015 8:45 am

Pack the same.

We always pack for a few nights.

You just never know where a trail might take you :)
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Re: Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

Postby puredingo » Wed 25 Mar, 2015 12:44 pm

Yep, fair enough too. Looks like you have a great time on your walks, keep it up!
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Re: Victoria Falls to Blue Gums Return - Blue Mountains NP

Postby Pika » Wed 25 Mar, 2015 1:57 pm

Cheers dingo
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