AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby peregrinator » Tue 26 Nov, 2019 5:27 pm

crollsurf wrote:Just added up the vert and John ascended around 27,655 m. I guess he descended a similar amount.


That's curious. I thought he was walking, not travelling by hot air balloon.
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby north-north-west » Tue 26 Nov, 2019 5:45 pm

crollsurf wrote:Just added up the vert and John ascended around 27,655 m. I guess he descended a similar amount.


Walhalla is a bit below 400m ASL, Tharwa is 600m ASL. So that's at least 200m less descent than ascent, which - if your knees hate those downhills as much as mine do - is one more reason for doing the AAWT northbound.
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby neilmny » Tue 26 Nov, 2019 5:56 pm

Congratulation JohnR a mighty effort. You must have wings on your feet :D
I've been watching your progress daily.
This my be like when the Olympics ended, some sort of withdrawl is pending now it is done. :roll:
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby JohnR » Tue 26 Nov, 2019 6:12 pm

Hi Guys,

Now back in Canberra. I have never had a shower that felt so good.

We left Walhalla a bit after 0600 on Friday 15 November and arrived at the Tharwa Visitor’s Centre a bit after 15:00 today. So I think our time was 11 days 9 hours.

Will write up a trip report soon (including an explanation on the nav for yesterday - I have already reported this to the Head Ranger at Tharwa).

What a great journey the AAWT is! No matter which way you do it.

Thanks for following my progress and showing such great interest and support.

For now, I need to catch up on some eating and sleeping.

Cheers,

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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby Lukec » Tue 26 Nov, 2019 6:33 pm

Well done sir. I’ve been working my way up the AAWT (at mere mortal pace) over the past month, and can only marvel at your effort. I think you must have passed me while I was doing a side trip up mt Kosciusko, otherwise maybe I blinked and missed you. Congrats, phenomenal effort
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby Lamont » Tue 26 Nov, 2019 6:48 pm

Enjoy some good food and rest. Congratulations
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby crollsurf » Tue 26 Nov, 2019 7:05 pm

I'm amazed, I'm sure we all are and thanks for taking the time to post.

Look forward to reading about it in the coming weeks but no rush. Let it all sink in first. We don't know much about Cuthberts walk so your report will be very enlightening.

Thanks for having the guts and confidence to let us follow along.

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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby bigkev » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 7:17 am

I hope you enjoy having a real shower and good food John, what a great achievement :D

I did the walk in the same direction as you a couple of years ago, however I struggle to get my head around what you managed to achieve - some days I was totally shagged out after walking 10-15 kilometres :oops: I'm looking forward to your report. It was great being able to follow you with your tracker. I'm already looking forward to your next adventure.

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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 9:11 am

An amazing achievement :-) . Some people complete this demanding route on foot in 2 months, not in under two weeks :-0 .
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby ecowain » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 3:40 pm

JohnR wrote:Will write up a trip report soon (including an explanation on the nav for yesterday - I have already reported this to the Head Ranger at Tharwa).

Hi John, well done!

We start at tharwa tomorrow. Any chance of a brief elaboration about the track or nav issue? Was it to do with the horse catching operation near blue waterholes?

Thanks
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 5:10 pm

I suggest that you contact Tharwa
6237 5307
namadginationalpark@act.gov.au
for clarification about the little detour at Dairymans Creek. or you could ask them when you start. John is recovering and probably back at work.
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby Baeng72 » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 5:18 pm

Lophophaps wrote:I suggest that you contact Tharwa
6237 5307
namadginationalpark@act.gov.au
for clarification about the little detour at Dairymans Creek. or you could ask them when you start. John is recovering and probably back at work.

Back at work?
He's not human, but a machine!
I finished the Overland one a Wednesday, and there was no way I was going to be back at work before next Monday.
Admittedly, I suffer from chronic laziness, a terrible affliction, and which means I find it difficult to do anything but basal survival (hiking is an exception).
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby ecowain » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 6:08 pm

Lophophaps wrote:I suggest that you contact Tharwa
6237 5307
namadginationalpark@act.gov.au
for clarification about the little detour at Dairymans Creek. or you could ask them when you start. John is recovering and probably back at work.

Thanks, will do.

However it is generally better to ask at the source, rather than play Chinese whispers. Hence the question here.

But completely understand that sleep is the main priority after this trip.
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby Zapruda » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 6:24 pm

Why call ACT parks when Dairymans Creek is in NSW. NPWS Tumut would make more sense.
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby Zapruda » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 6:37 pm

north-north-west wrote:Is he trying to pick up the Old Currango Trail? There was sod-all of it visible last time I was in that area.


The Old Currango trail is very visible between Port Phillip FT and Old Currango hut now. Mainly from the feral horses. It even has flash new NPWS signs.
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 6:44 pm

Mea culpa. I should have said that several Tharwa staff are aware of the reason for Dairymans detour.
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Re: AAWT FKT (2nd attempt) Depart 15 November 2019

Postby Zapruda » Wed 27 Nov, 2019 6:54 pm

Lophophaps wrote:Mea culpa. I should have said that several Tharwa staff are aware of the reason for Dairymans detour.


Makes sense. Thanks Lop.
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