I had Thursday and Friday off this week so decided to do the second section of the Major Mitchell Plateau in reverse.
Going from Jimmy Creek Campground to First Wannon Remote Campsite.
Full Major Mitchell Plateau Stats
Distance – Total 40.7km
Day 1: 12.7km
Day 2: 13km
Day 3: 15km
Time: 3 days / 2 nights
Start/Finish: Sheep Hills Carpark, 3km south of Mt William Road
Grade: 4 (Very steep, rough track, many obstacles, limited signage, many steps)
Experience Required, Experienced and self-sufficient bushwalkers who are well-prepared for all weather conditions.
Day 1: 640m
Day 2: 850m
Day 3: 190m
First Wannon Hiker Camp GR407683
Jimmy Creek Campground GR331628
Topographical Map Required
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Jimmy Creek Campground
Near the creek but not too close. I left for the campground straight after work – good choice.
Not sure how effective my wind guard is and might have to go back to the drawing board.
Sitting here in the dark, quite different tranquility of nature disconnected from the outside world the stress and worries just ebb away. Listening to the Kokoburras laugh the sun down then listening to the kangaroos bounding around me is I blissful.
I’m sold on Zpacks Gear! I wasn’t going to buy Zpacks rain gear as I already have a rain jacket and rain pants but they weigh 871 g! If I buy the Zpacks rain jacket and rain kilt the total weight would be just over 200 g – that’s about 600 g lighter…and if England taught me anything it’s that every gram counts.
With having to carry 3 litres / kilo’s of water for every day I’m out here , that 600 g matters. So here I come again Zpacks 😊
Last time I camped my butt got really cold from sitting on the tent floor so I was going to cut up my yoga mat to use but forgot and I didn’t want to spend any real money on a butt warmer or seating pad, hence I went to cheap as chips and for two dollars bought this animal food mat thing – works well for two dollars
Jimmy Creek Campground to First Wannon Remote Hiker Campsite
This has been the hardest walk I’ve done to date – hmm I think I’ve said that before…took me an incredible 9 hours! Yes I could deduct about an hour for resting and photo taking, but doesn’t take away from the fact it took 9 hours to reach camp.
90% of the track was uphill and full of rocks, from garden sized to enormous boulders. I knew from looking the topographical map that the ascent would be very steep in places.
The view as always was fantastic and no matter how many times I’ve seen it now it never gets old.
I was so pooped I hit the sack at about 9.30 pm
I almost stood on this little guy. He never moved at all just puffed up and eyeballed me.
With each trip I am also continually reassessing and refining my gear.
So far I am quite happy with my progress and am really looking forward to the Appalachian Trail 😊