Day 3, Bonds Gap to Jay Creek
No reception between Bonds to Jay Creek.
Passed three groups.
- Five men in their thirties hiking the trail from Mt Sonder to Alice in 7 days with roughly 18-20kg and one food drop.
- Two girls in their twenties hiking from Mt Sonder to Alice in 21 days.
- Ann older couple hiking from Mt Sonder to Alice in 14 days. A little grumpy. They recommended to do the pound walk at Ormiston.
Saw wild cows and bulls that escaped the bigger cattle yards. Apparently, the rangers can’t be bothered putting resources together to get rid of them, but you can see the damage they are doing we should be expecting these in sections 2, 3 & 4.
People we have met at Jay Creek Shelter:
- A young couple, a guy who couldn’t fathom ultra-hikers and their gears. He was quite offended that his hiking system was outdated. His partner (female American) had just finished her PHD and hiked the AT 1997. The guy recommended that we have a zero day at Ormiston and not to camp at Standley Chasm because it’s crowded with tourist and RV campers. They took a zero day and a half here at Jay Creek in a tent just a little way away from the shelter we’re in. He also mentioned what blanket rice was, you boil for 15 minutes, and then wrap the pot in your sleeping bag for it to continue to cook but also warm your bed. We thought it was a euphemism…
- Met a guy, ‘Speedy’ Dave, who is a gear freak like me, suggested the following content. He is hiking Alice to MT Sonder with two women, carries 14kg with a bivvy, completes a section a day for 2 weeks, lives in Perth and section hiked the Bibbulmun trail, and hopes to attempt the PCT. He has two kids 5 and 7. Darwin in the trail was what reignited his interest in hiking. Update: we have come across many hikers who have met speedy Dave with a couple of theories of their own about him hiking with two women.
- The women were sick of hiking with him, so they slowed down.
- Sorry Dave, he is actually a douche bag. (He isn’t he is very lovely).
Speedy Dave Recommendations:
- The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young Netflix
- John Zahorian YouTube
- Darwin ontrail – tent vs bivvy YouTube
Jay Creek Campsite
- Shelter with two platforms and USB charging ports in food cub board
- Two large rainwater tanks (left water tank was polluted)
- One outdoor toilet
One standalone raised platform