Day 4 – Jay Creek to Standley Chasm
Left at 7:18am after getting up at 6am.
During the night it was incredibly windy, this was the forecast for the rest of today which caused issues during our hike.
Passed Fish Hole which we thought we had already come across the previous afternoon. It wasn’t. We passed a gross pond and made assumptions. The Fish Hole is legit.
Hiking through the high route was quite easy when we had cool temperatures with slight wind.
Was able to get Optus signal on the climb up! We had energy and were able to smash up to the summit by 10am.
The decline was sharp, with the wind picking up and pushing against us. I was so scared of slipping. Once we reached Mesic Gully at the base of the high route we up just crashed and had tea whilst we calmed down from the descent.
There was another point of stress when we reached Angkale Junction, climbing across yet another a high point on the rocks. An uncomfortable situation for the ladies as it was the only way up.
Just as we see the warning sign to take care going through the final 1.5km to Standley Chasm, our first food drop and kiosk. Nature threw us a curve ball with two sharp inclines and equally steep rocky declines.
We finally arrived at 4pm Standley Chasm after missing a turn. We were sorely underwhelmed by the kiosk. It was not run by the indigenous locals, it did not have decent reception or WIFI for iPhone users (which we all were) and the kiosk didn’t really cater supplies for snack. We were tired, and hangry hikers.
What the kiosk did supply was some decent meals we got soup, steak and onions (vegetarian curry for Yushu) and chocolate brownie with ice cream desert (plus multiple Magnums for me). We had (friggin cold) showers, picked up our food drop and planned the next two days. We arrived a day earlier and was hoping to have the performance the next day only to find that they run performances on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Today is Saturday… now what?
We had dinner with ‘Speedy’ Dave and sat with him and the ladies (Janet, Sharon). ‘He arrived at a Standley Chasm at lunch time (barely stopping to appreciate the views, he did the high route) whilst the girls arrived around 3pm. We weren’t bitter about their times…. yes, we were.
‘Speedy’ Dave uses an Exos pack with a sea to summit tarp for shelter. They are hiking for 12 days doing a section a day which means they are carrying only 2.5 days of food using LTTS Company, which does do food drops and transport pick up. Dave’s pack weighed about 11kg, whilst Janet’s pack is 12kg. We were jealous.
We didn’t see the meteor shower on the 11th, there was too much light pollution from Standley Chasm.
Plan for the following day:
- Shower again (hope there’s warm goddamn water!)
- Re-evaluate our pack weight!!!!
- Plan the next few days
- Walk small of the small trails in the area