Year: 2015

Up Into the Singing Mountains:

Our family celebrate Xmas tomorrow (due to work commitments), so what better day to continue our exploration of the ‘closed track’ which used to link Downey (North of Tanjil Bren) with Newlands Rd (Baw Baw Plateau)? We are hoping that this track will complete our ‘Winter Route’ of The Upper Yarra Track (http://www.finnsheep.com/THE%20UPPER%20YARRA%20WALKING%20TRACK.htm). It has …

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Upper Yarra Track: Early Visits to Yarra Falls:

  The Argus Melbourne Wednesday 21 December 1904: UPPER YARRA FALLS, A.J.Campbell Junction of Yarra and Falls Creek (1905) Interesting but rarelv visited scenes are to be found at the upper sources of the Yarra between Mount Baw Baw and the main Dividing Range The locality has never been completely surveyed and many of the …

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Upper Yarra Track 1912 Victorian Railways Brochure:

Picturesque Victoria and How to Get There: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/299535 Click on: ‘The Warburton-Walhalla Trip via Yarra Falls and Mount Baw Baw’: PS: It is in Pdf. I have tried and tried to convert this to Word so I can post it whole, but I have failed…There is an absolutely beautiful [c 1900] photo by A.J. Campbell …

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Upper Yarra Track Winter Route: Downey to Newlands

Last Monday we spent ‘beating around the bush’ near Downey (Tanjil Bren area). Downey is another one of those ‘lost’ towns of the Victorian mountains. Pretty much all that remains is this huge sawdust heap in the forest: how many woodland giants went to make it up I wonder? Mostly the trees milled here were …

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Water: Hiking Desalinater or Survival Still:

I am just working on this idea. Here I have epoxied a copper flange to an old can of powdered milk and attached 1 metre of old silicone tube. I was catching the water in a Vargo 450 ml (cool lips) titanium mug. I was just cooling the steam with wetted down tea towels. I …

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Blossoms at Last:

Eight days have passed since I observed these in full flower in Melbourne (07/12/2015). Ours were just coming out here on Tuesday 15/12/2015 Agapanthus and Jacaranda. So much of ‘global warming’ is simply the ‘Urban Heat Island’ effect/local variations. I have many times observed that AGW is not present in the satellite records or in …

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Levitation brace:

Gives users spring-loaded knees Whether they’re playing sports or suffering from joint injuries, some people could definitely benefit from using a wearable assistive device. That’s where Levitation comes in. It’s a spring-loaded knee brace that augments the user’s quadriceps. I may soon need a pair of these: http://www.gizmag.com/levitation-spring-loaded-knee-brace/40709/

Leadbeater’s Possums:

Victoria’s faunal emblem; a truly ancient relict marsupial. I love this snap of a pair carrying nesting materials in their prehensile tails. If you are vigilant you may see some of these as you walk the Upper Yarra Track, particularly along Newlands Rd, Toorongo Road and Forty Mile Break Road (if you go for a …

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Kirchubel: If you go nowhere else in the world, at least go here.

Just a few kms walk outside the small township of Tanjil Bren in Gippsland Victoria is the most beautiful place in the whole world! You go out along Saxtons Road beginning in the heart of Tanjil Bren. Many beautiful wildflowers carpet the verges: buttercups, And Alstromoerias. Just before Downey you turn west onto the old …

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Upper Yarra Track Winter Route: Western Tyers to Tanjil Bren:

After you have camped the night, cooked and eaten your trout &/or crayfish, walk West along the Tyers. The Western Tyers Road follows the course of the old timber tramline which carried the forest’s products via Caringal to Collins Siding (Erica) and onwards to a wider market where they were used to construct houses and …

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Baw Baw Plateau:

Has to be THE most beautiful area in the world. We spent yesterday afternoon driving and walking around parts of its South Face working out possible winter routes for our Upper Yarra Track project, discovering mainly that we need to go back there for many awe-struck days yet. More pics and posts to follow but …

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Kershaw Ken Onion Speedsafe Folders:

  If you need to get your knife open with one hand quickly, this range of knives may be right for you. The smallest (The Chive) weighs only 1.9 ounces (54 grams) , so may even fit with your ultralight hiking kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRZNUioNPC4

Jeeralang Sights:

Right behind our home there are lots of forestry tracks where we usually go for a walk with the dogs of a late afternoon. This one (No 4 Road) is about 400 metres further up the mountain so it is much cooler on a 30C day like yesterday. Some shady spots we wondered whether we …

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Shiftwear: E-ink sneakers:

These people will make a fortune: Play the video, I dare you. It will soon move to clothes I’m sure. I am planning to have my entire skin replaced with E-ink so that I can display all manner of interesting perspectives of myself instantaneously, even in video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5XhzmjUVnk http://www.shiftwear.com/

Moroka Gorge Falls:

  A friend sent me a digital copy of this C19th Von Guerard painting (above). I have lurked in the Mount Darling-Snowy Bluff Wilderness quite a lot…I thought we had been to the Moroka Falls (twice – eg http://www.theultralighthiker.com/camping-by-the-moroka-river/) but we had only been to the UPPER Falls – as the clip from Vicmap Moroka …

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Upper Yarra Track: Winter Route: Western Tyers: Morgans Mill & Skinners Camp:

From Caringal you can journey to Western Tyers via Morgans Mill Rd (open forest) or Buckle Spur, cool wet forest tree ferns and mountain ash. Probably 2-3 hours either way. There used to be a walking track along the river which followed the old railway line all the way to Growlers, but it has grown …

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Upper Yarra Track: Winter Route: Caringal Scout Camp: Tyers Junction

You might reach here by walking down the rail trail from Collins Siding (10 km – 2-3 hours), where the cottages are on the main Erica-Moe Rd at the Caringal turnoff. The trail runs along behind the cottage on the West side starting to the North of them. Or, you might come down the East …

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A Beautiful World:

We did a little afternoon excursion today to check on the existence of some old walking tracks around Erica. The first pic is of Steve Jones with Spot where the walking track disappears at Tyers Junction near the Caringal Scout Camp. It seems to be one of the ‘roads less traveled’ judging by the overgrowth …

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Upper Yarra Track: O’Shea’s Mill:

Now (also) called East Tyers Campground I see. This is the first major stop after you leave Walhalla (12.5km away), some of them fairly steep. As you can see it is where the Alpine Walking Track crosses the East Tyers River. Campsites, Water, Toilet available. You could have dropped by Rawson on the way here …

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Jurassic Update: The Culprit: Caught in the act!

You would think this blue tongue lizard would have a red tongue the number of strawberries he has eaten. He is trying to hurriedly make off, but in his haste he has tangled himself temporarily in the netting. He knows the way around it though. I just weeded that bed this morning. There were a …

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