Monday, October 10, 2011

KEEP IT SIMPLE



It struck me how quick and simple packing for an overnighter has become as I put together a kit for a leisurely weekend at Barney. The simplicity, size and extreme lightness of modern ultralight gear seems to have made this even more obvious. Although I've used gear that is fairly close to the lightest available for several years now, it still gives me a buzz being able to achieve a sub four kilo base weight without sacrificing functionality and comfort. Of course, being able to pack for a weekend in the wilds quickly and at short notice is also a function of organisation and practice. All the gear I typically pack for a local trip all sits ready to go on a shelf in the wardrobe. Ready to go means all the small details like a complete cook system, (fuel excluded) first aid kit and guy lines attached to tarp. 





Pack, tarp, bivy, food, cook system, quilt, sleeping mat, warm clothing, rain jacket, first aid/toiletries/headlamp and water bottles.






Shelter simplicity = a tarp and bivy.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

LOGAN'S/SE RIDGE LOOP

Stormy skies over Barney, shot taken from near Mt Cordeaux on Saturday.

Mt Barney has long been one of my favourite places to walk/run and the fantastic morning I spent there today, doing one of the classic Barney loops, just confirmed what an awesome area this is for travelling on foot. 

I was wondering if this mission was going to happen at all on Saturday evening as a spectacular storm moved over the mountains and lashed the van with strong winds and rain. The rain was short lived though and I awoke to perfectly clear skies and a cool breeze, ideal conditions and a welcome change from my last hot and hazy Barney walk two weeks before.

I had decided to push a little today, as I crossed the Logan River and trotted across the paddock my legs seemed to be responding well so I kept up a pretty steady pace. This didn't last, as I hit the steep hiking on the lower slopes of the ridge proper my pace took a dramatic dive, I really didn't care though, I was just happy to be moving in the mountains on such an amazing day.

Looking north from the summit.

Logan's Ridge is short and steep, climbing a 1000m in around three km, it leads directly to Barney's 1350m East Peak. I stopped the watch at the summit marker in 1:51 which I was happy with considering my current fitness level and several photo stops. There was a cold wing blowing on the summit so I put on my wind shirt while I hung around for ten minutes taking in the view and having a bite to eat.

When I got cold I took off down the SE Ridge which felt very low angled after Logan's. As usual my knees protested a bit but before long I was jogging down the last section to the fireroad on Cronin Creek and back through the paddocks to Yellow Pinch for a total time of 3:18. An awesome day on an awesome mountain!

Clear skies to the south over Ernest and Lindesay.

Splits -
Start - Parks sign at Yellow Pinch
Summit - 1hr51min
Campsite 10 on Cronin Creek - 2hr58min
End Yellow Pinch - 3hr18min