Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

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Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby nickthetasmaniac » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 12:17 pm

Some shots from a recent trip into the Long Tarns to climb a few Abels - Clumner Bluff, Mersey Crag and Turrana Bluff. Fantastic trip and I highly recommend the two Bluffs (Mersey is a bit unassuming but it's an easy walk). Clumner especially has probably the best uninterrupted view of the Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair NP mountains going :) The walk in past Rinadeena Falls (formerly Little Fisher Falls) is also pretty special.

Check out some more pics here: http://peopleandotherstrangecreatures.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/off-track-adventures-turrana-bluff-mersey-crag-clumner-bluff/

Tip of the day - don't approach Clumner from Long Tarns, it takes *&%$#! ages. Go in from Dublin Road like the Abels book says.

Shot with an EM5, m.ZD 17mm and m.ZD 45mm

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Little Fisher River bridge - closed! This adds about 45mins to the walk in.

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Myrtle Rainforest

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Turrana from Deception Plains

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Relics at the site of Boy Miles' unfinished Deception Plains Hut.

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Looking back down the Little Fisher Valley

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Mersey Crag and approaching rain

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Turrana Bluff

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Scrambling on Turrana Bluff

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Long Tarns campsite

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The WoJ and southern Overland mountains

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The plateau behind Clumner

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Anyone know what this is about? Up on the Clumner plateau

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Tarn and Pencil Pines

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Back to camp after a 9.5hr day out to Clumner Bluff
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby Tortoise » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 12:46 pm

Thanks for posting, Nick. I've been thinking of doing a similar trip, so it's great to get the updated info re the walk in, and to see your pics. :)
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby whynotwalk » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 1:17 pm

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Great stuff Nick. I'll be heading (back) to your blog for more. You've taken me back 30 years (yikes!) to when I first went there. I've dug up an old photo of a younger me at Long Tarns :shock: The weather was slightly different ... from memory we went in spring.

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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby nickthetasmaniac » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 2:06 pm

I think they actually got a fair bit of snow on the Overland the weekend we went, but we only got a dusting of rain...

I've walked from Blue Peaks to Long Tarns before and I think it's probably one of my favourite spots in Tassie. So easy to just wonder off wherever takes your fancy!

Tortoise wrote:Thanks for posting, Nick. I've been thinking of doing a similar trip, so it's great to get the updated info re the walk in, and to see your pics. :)


It's a pity about the bridge, because otherwise the walk in to the falls would be a great short day walk...
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby stepbystep » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 2:09 pm

Thanks Nick, nice images as per. I've been thinking of this exact trip. Must get off my rear!
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby north-north-west » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 5:34 pm

You do know that cairn isn't the highest point of Turanna Bluff, don't you?
Geez I was cheesed off when I climbed up and realised that there were two higher points to the south . . .

I was hoping to do Clumner from near Mersey Crag in December, while en route back south via the Walls and Great Pine Tier. Too crook to pull it off. Still like the idea of approaching it that way - don't care about the extra time, it just looks like a lovely bit of country from the Crag.
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby ofuros » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 6:52 pm

After seeing your pics, I feel a Tassie trip looming.........thanks Nick. 8)
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby corvus » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 7:36 pm

As usual great pics Nick,
Those poles are intriguing there is one near the OLT just off the Horse Track on the right before you head down to Kitchen Hut ,climbed up it for a look and it appeared to be for what ?? great view of Barn Bluff and over to the West :lol:
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby nickthetasmaniac » Wed 22 Jan, 2014 11:35 am

north-north-west wrote:You do know that cairn isn't the highest point of Turanna Bluff, don't you?
Geez I was cheesed off when I climbed up and realised that there were two higher points to the south . . .

I was hoping to do Clumner from near Mersey Crag in December, while en route back south via the Walls and Great Pine Tier. Too crook to pull it off. Still like the idea of approaching it that way - don't care about the extra time, it just looks like a lovely bit of country from the Crag.


Haha yeah mate I know. We approached from the south (Long Tarns campsite) and hit up all three (or is it four?) cairned 'summits'... Personally the 'scrambling' one is my favourite but I'm pretty sure it's not the high point :wink:

If you start early I highly recommend approaching Clumner from the Little Fisher Valley - as you say the plateau between the Crag and the Bluff is a lovely bit of open walking. Lunch on the edge of the cliffs is pretty epic too :D The views down to the northern lakes of WoJ makes me pretty keen to explore as well.

corvus wrote:As usual great pics Nick,
Those poles are intriguing there is one near the OLT just off the Horse Track on the right before you head down to Kitchen Hut ,climbed up it for a look and it appeared to be for what ?? great view of Barn Bluff and over to the West :lol:
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I'm stumped... I was thinking some kind of Met gear, but buggered if I could say what they'd actually use it for. And this one is just in such a random place, it's not as if this is a frequently visited spot :?
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby taswegian » Wed 22 Jan, 2014 12:38 pm

very nice thanks Nick.
Great place to be.

I wonder if those poles were associated with HEC? (Not sure about Horse Track though) They would have been monitoring many parts of the catchment of Mersey power scheme.

There are some beautiful and large lakes south of Mersey Crag.
Well worth time taken to explore.
I stayed in a rock 'cave' many years ago on shore of Lake Sidon. Had a tin of detonators :roll: and other camping paraphernalia in it.

Always felt the Little Fisher Track was a very worthwhile entranceway to that area and onto the Walls. I envisage one day there could be a decent track.
The view northwards down the valley along Turanna/ Fisher Bluff are quite impressive.
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby nickthetasmaniac » Thu 23 Jan, 2014 8:16 am

taswegian wrote:I wonder if those poles were associated with HEC? (Not sure about Horse Track though) They would have been monitoring many parts of the catchment of Mersey power scheme.


That would make sense, they left gear in some pretty strange places... I suppose it could have had a rainfall gauge mounted on top at some point.

There are some beautiful and large lakes south of Mersey Crag.
Well worth time taken to explore.
I stayed in a rock 'cave' many years ago on shore of Lake Sidon. Had a tin of detonators :roll: and other camping paraphernalia in it.

Always felt the Little Fisher Track was a very worthwhile entranceway to that area and onto the Walls. I envisage one day there could be a decent track.
The view northwards down the valley along Turanna/ Fisher Bluff are quite impressive.


I've been thinking of doing a full on-off track loop thought the Walls; start with the Little Fisher track, drop down through the lakes you mention, Solitary Hut, Trappers Hut, down to Lake Adelaide and along to Meston, then back along the Chinaman Plains to Lake Ball, through Dixons Kingdom, Zion Gate and around Daisy Lakes back to Long Tarns. Should keep me occupied for a while :D
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby biggbird » Fri 24 Jan, 2014 7:53 pm

Great shots Nick, that plateau looks awesome!
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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby Nick S » Wed 05 Feb, 2014 6:19 am

Nice one Nick, seems like you've stirred a few of us on here to do the same. Me included.

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Re: Turrana, Clumner and Mersey Crag

Postby nickthetasmaniac » Wed 05 Feb, 2014 11:53 am

Nick S wrote:Nice one Nick, seems like you've stirred a few of us on here to do the same. Me included.

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If you get up there take a footy, I reckon the Clumner Plateau has a few top spots for a game :wink:
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