Sunday, March 20, 2011

THE BLACKALL BOOTLEG


Looking out from Thilba Thalba walkers camp.

I"ve decided to organise a "Fatass or "Bootleg" style run on my favourite section of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. SUNDAY 1st OF MAY 7:30am START. See map below.
http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/media/parks_and_forests/great_walks/sunshine_coast/schgw_delicia_colour.pdf 


For those not familiar with Fatass events it is an unofficial run (or ride, AR, whatever) which has no entry fee, no prizes, no mandatory gear, no insurance and no aid stations. Someone sets a course and tells a heap of people about it. It's really just a social run.  

The 30km, 900mA, 900mD figure 8 course starts and finishes at the parking area at M4, first heading west along Delicia rd for almost 3km then heads north in an anti-clockwise direction around the loop. The bottom loop of the figure 8 is run in a clockwise direction back to M4. Apart from the first few ks the course follows fireroads and some really nice single track, particularly the high section near Thilba Thalba camp site. There are a few rocky bits but for the most part the trail is fairly smooth and fast. For anyone interested in running the whole Great Walk you will need to leave a car or bike at the Baroon Pocket dam trailhead. There is also good riding in the area so pack your MTB if you would like to add a bike leg. If you would also like to tack on a paddle, Baroon Pocket dam or the coast is close by. 


If you would like to stay in Mapleton the night before try -
http://www.mapletoncabinscaravans.com.au/  or
http://www.lilyponds.com.au/ 

I ran the course yesterday in very wet, muddy and humid conditions which really upset my breathing problem but it was nice to run in the clouds out of the sun. Details are here - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/73959255
To give you an idea of time, I ran all the flat and downhill and walked all the uphill.




Gheerulla creek.






Wednesday, March 16, 2011

EARLY SEASON AT MT BARNEY


Leaning peak and the summit in cloud.


Danno and I ran/walked a nice loop at Barney today which, for the most part, kept us in the shade and close to water. Our route started and finished at Yellowpinch, ascended Barney Gorge to the East/West saddle and descended Peasants Ridge back to the car. The Gorge is very slow at the moment, with lots of waterfalls to skirt around as well as treefall and a few land slips. 


Plenty of water in Barney creek at the moment.


Spiny Mountain crayfish.


Mt Ernest with fresh slip on the west end of the razorback.

Monday, March 7, 2011

CONONDALE RUN/BIKE

Great day out with Shaun and Russ yesterday getting wet, muddy and exhausted in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. We started in Mapleton and rode the 35ks to the Conondale Great Walk trailhead. After stashing our bikes we ran and walked a very muddy, Leech infested 55ks clockwise around the GW. The trail is fairly slow at the moment being overgrown in parts with quite a bit of tree fall and slippery, boggy ground underfoot. By the time we jumped on our bikes for the ride back to Mapleton it was getting dark and enthusiasm had waned slightly. Sal agreed to pick us up somewhere along the road on the way back and we willingly jumped in the van after about another 20ks on the bikes. A solid and thoroughly recommended day out. 


Russ at the first creek crossing. Russ and Shaun both carried XPD size loads for the day.


Shaun at the last crossing.

Trailside friend.

Summer Falls.