This week I went out for Cathedral Ranges Take 2. I thought I’d cover as much of the north side as possible, although after finishing and looking at the map again, I forgot to do Ned’s Peak. Argghhhh!
Anyway, it was a pleasant day – 23 degrees, mostly with a strong sun. I started at Ned’s Gully Carpark and walked straight up to Ned’s Saddle. This is almost 3km with 400m ascent. There’s a good amount of shade in this area, but from here to Little Cathedral Peak, the trees are more sparse and it was very hot in the sun.
Also, there were a lot of flies. So many different types of flies. The normal horrid Aussie bush flies. And these awful things that kept biting me:
It was a rocky climb up to Little Cathedral. There are orange markers to follow the path, and you do need to make the effort to look up where they are. I ended up in some awful prickly wattle. It really is awful. I had to turn back and pay more attention to where the path was. At the top of Little Cathedral, the view is awesome.
It would have been a really nice place to sit down for a bite to eat at the top, but there were waaaay too many flies. It was unbearable. Whilst eating a muesli bar, and doing a bit of a dance to keep the flies off me, I noticed this fellow:
He saw me coming with my phone so he hid:
I was still getting attacked by flies so made a move towards Cathedral Peak.
It was only midday, so I was pretty sure I still had time to get North Jawbone done.
I head along the Ridge Track, which was a couple of hours of this:
Because I have a perfectly rational fear of having to rely on my arms to hold on to things in case I plummet to death, I move very slow along this kind of surface. While watching my every foot and hand position, I also had to look up to follow the orange markers. Not that you could get lost following a ridgeline, but I found out many times that the orange markers lead the easiest way.
It’s very tiring paying such close attention to where you are walking. It was such a relief to veer off towards North Jawbone. The land of easy walking, lyrebirds, and fewer flies.
I got a bit of a rude shock when there were more rocks to walk on to get up to North Jawbone, but I made it up there quick enough. Stopped for about 10 seconds because the horrible big flies were out again, and scrambled back down.
From here it was a nice easy stroll down to Cooks Mill Campground and along Little River Track back to the start. Unfortunately Little River Track is part logged, part pine plantation. This was the only downside in the scenery.
Aside from the horrendous flies, other animals spotted were many cicadas, lyrebirds, rosellas, kookaburras, big lizards, little lizards, a mouse, an echidna, and a black snake. There were also heaps of nice wild flowers out 🙂
The end result of the day included scratches, bruises, sunburn, fly bites, stinging nettle rash, and… looks like one of those big flies feeding off me and spreading disease. I highly recommend wearing long pants and long sleeves when walking around here – mostly because of the prickly wattle.
The walk was around 15.2km and took me 5hrs 30 mins. It would have been quicker if I was not so crap at balancing on rocks. It would have taken longer if there were no flies because there were lots of nice places to sit for a bite to eat, but I didn’t do that.
I’m kinda looking forward to doing a slightly more relaxing walk next time, but I always seem to gravitate towards big hills and tortuous things.