Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

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Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby mjdalessa » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 11:06 am

Yesterday forum members ILUVSWTAS, pazzar and myself set out to climb Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa. A 5am meeting time was agreed upon, reaching the Adamson's carpark just before 6. We were atop Adamson's by 8:30, cloud shifting around on the ascent. The views were quite poor at this point and the weather was very similiar on The Calf an hour later. The Calf was a highlight for me, its a very rugged little peak. The sheer face of the Adamson's facing side is very impressive. The ridge was then followed back from the Calf, all low sedges until the plateau edge was encountered. Here there is a very nice sandstone shelf, any bouldering nut's wet dream, but a long way to carry a mat.

The mist completely clagged in as we reached Mesa, a rather uninspiring lump, but I imagine the views would be quite unique on a good day. Walking was very open up until the last 290m of Mesa where a nice stand of Dwarf Murtle and a further array of charming species were encountered. As we begun to retrace our route the mist still hung over, but just before the Calf it began to clear. As we rounded the brunt of it we had almost full views, excluding Pindars and PB. Once on top of Adamson's the views were perfect and we lingered a bit before commencing the final slog down to the car. We hit the boardwalk, and the car soon after at about 4, very pleased with our day.

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Adamson's on the ascent


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Looking back; ascending Adamson's


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The cloud drifted in and out, revealing the ridge to the Calf


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The Calf looms above


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Typical walking featuring The Calf
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby mjdalessa » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 11:16 am

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First part of route


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Mesa summit


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Shelf, Mesa descent


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View to coast


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The route from Adamson's
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby mjdalessa » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 11:21 am

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Calf on return


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Adamson's looks different from this side


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Southern Ranges on return


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Looking back on route, Mesa a long way away


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Adamson's summit
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby mjdalessa » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 11:27 am

Small things...

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Sundews


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Cushion plant and route


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Scoparia, looking down the Calf's ascent gully


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Cushion plant, Calf ascent gully


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Sundews 2
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby mjdalessa » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 11:32 am

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These were also in abundance past The Calf


The weather had conveniently cleared....

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Adamson's on return
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby whynotwalk » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 2:53 pm

Nice work Marco. Looks like you took advantage of mixed weather to get close to some of the smaller "scenery". I particularly like the second sundew image,

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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby stu » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 2:57 pm

Nice report & photos Marco, thanks for sharing.
Yes, the views from Mesa are pretty good, PB looks quite close from there (below)...
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 5:18 pm

How'd you pull up?? My knees feel shattered. You forget how stepp that Adamsons track is!
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby pazzar » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 5:54 pm

My knees were pretty wrecked too - I struggled running up the stairs at work.....
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby mjdalessa » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 7:33 pm

Surprisingly they feel fine haha
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby Strider » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 5:57 pm

ILUVSWTAS wrote:How'd you pull up?? My knees feel shattered. You forget how stepp that Adamsons track is!

Oh God. And I'm walking it tomorrow. Round is a shape, right?
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby stepbystep » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 7:37 pm

Strider wrote:
ILUVSWTAS wrote:How'd you pull up?? My knees feel shattered. You forget how stepp that Adamsons track is!

Oh God. And I'm walking it tomorrow. Round is a shape, right?


Off to Mesa? You'll be sore alright.
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby Strider » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 7:40 pm

stepbystep wrote:
Strider wrote:
ILUVSWTAS wrote:How'd you pull up?? My knees feel shattered. You forget how stepp that Adamsons track is!

Oh God. And I'm walking it tomorrow. Round is a shape, right?


Off to Mesa? You'll be sore alright.

No, just Adamson's this trip..
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby stepbystep » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 7:53 pm

Ah magic day walk. If you have time traverse the ridge. The views from the other end are magnificent!
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby frenchy_84 » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 8:11 pm

and if its bad weather, your not at the summit until the big cairn :wink:
you dont want to experience premature summit elation
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby Strider » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 8:52 pm

frenchy_84 wrote:and if its bad weather, your not at the summit until the big cairn :wink:
you dont want to experience premature summit elation

I've been told not to summit if bad weather, due to a lack of shelter at the top and the risk of getting stuck. How bad is it up there?
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby Strider » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 8:54 pm

stepbystep wrote:Ah magic day walk. If you have time traverse the ridge. The views from the other end are magnificent!

See how we go! Both of us are seasoned walkers, but well and truly unfit currently. The slow plod might hopefully get us out there :D
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby frenchy_84 » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 8:57 pm

Strider wrote:I've been told not to summit if bad weather, due to a lack of shelter at the top and the risk of getting stuck. How bad is it up there?


?? Same as most Tas mountains, the track is easy enough to follow in poor vis, when we did it we had 15m visibility and got to a small outcrop which we assumed was the summit as we couldnt see anything higher, until someone got the GPS out to see we had another 100m vertical or so to go
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby stepbystep » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 8:57 pm

Weather looks perfect for you. Once on the plateau just use common sense. It's an easy mountain to get off if weather is crap.
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby Strider » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 9:04 pm

Ok sounds easy enough! Should have a map but only decided today we were going to tackle it.
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby Nuts » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 9:25 pm

Nice pics. Like the macro/sundews.
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby Strider » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 9:55 pm

Nuts wrote:Nice pics. Like the macro/sundews.
My knees ache in sympathy.

Stop it with the aching legs comments guys! :lol:
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Re: Adamsons, The Calf and Mesa

Postby Strider » Sun 12 Jan, 2014 7:35 am

Just stumbled across this thread again. It's a calf buster, alright!
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