Larapinta Day 11

Day 11 – Counts Point to Serpentine Chalet Dam

Waking up abruptly to the strong wind blowing my hair.

I wasn’t cold, it was just a sudden awakening. I slowly fell asleep only to have my alarm going and 30 minutes later Simone waking us to enjoy the sunrise, reminding  me to setup the time lapse on my phone.

We stayed until the sun had risen before the hills, leaving camp by 8.45am. The hike was uneventful, arriving at Serpentine Chalet Dam by 11. We’ve set up our beds in the shelter and relaxed. We wrote in our journals, got into a very personal discussion about families and had moments to sleep.

  • Met a group of 3 hikers from Canberra, a couple and another tag along.
  • Met a Melbourne couple hiking from Mt. Giles Lookout. They were very dehydrated and drinking the tank water without filtering.

We went to bed by 7:30pm, I sleep by 9:30pm, and woke up due to heat by 11pm. I was kept awake after that due to being uncomfortable from heat until 2am.

Serpentine Dam

  • Shelter with two platforms and 4x Solar USB charging ports in food cub board
  • Two large rain water tanks
  • One outdoor toilet

Note: InReach device – Can message people from my iPhone contact list (provided the number has +61) without syncing them to my Inreach contacts list

Hiking trip research – Pan 9 way – England 18 days

Written by Jay Sims

Edited by Alex Hay aehay@hotmail.com

Larapinta Day 10

Day 10 – Ellery Creek (passing Serpentine Shelter) to Counts Point

4km/h 12.75km from Ellery to Serpentine Shelter.

Simone and Yushu woke up at 5:30am so they could leave at 6:30am to beat the heat. They were our troopers sensitive to the heat and problems with their feet but they continued on with barely any complaints from their struggles. Their moving around eventually woke me up before my 6am alarm. Trish and I didn’t leave until 7:45am.

The hike was slow, up and down hills until 3km before Serpentine Gorge Shelter. We met up with the girls within minutes of arriving. At a pace of 4.6km/h, they had hiked 12.75km in three hours, the heat and the early rise must have been mentally and physically exhausting.

 

We met Roz, who had taken unpaid leave from her nursing job to work at Glen Helen and experience life in NT. She was hiking Ellery to Ormiston and taking her time. She even did hidden food drops near the shelters. In this shelter she had two books and a little camping chair.

We stayed until 1pm relaxing, having lunch, and collecting the full 6 litres of water for dry camping, Trish stayed until 2pm but met up with us as we ascended to Counts Point.

 

The hike through the rocks and heat with the extra weight on your back was mentally and physically exhausting. By the time I arrived at Counts Point and into a campsite, I nearly broke down. There was no Optus reception to have FaceTime conversation with my partner, my group were behind, and I was worried they would be angry that I pushed them in this massive 20km day uphill with extra in the heat.

They eventually arrived and were just grateful for the walk to be over and no one was angry,. We were all in awe of the view.  It was well worth the almost hellish walk, to see the valley and in the distance, Mt. Sonder.

We set up cowboy camp overlooking the valley, ate dinner at sundown, watched the shooting stars, and, for those with reception, enjoyed a conversation with loved ones.

I slept a full night’s sleep; the night was warm, and wind was blowing softly.

Serpentine Shelter

  • Shelter with two platforms and 4x Solar USB charging ports in food cub board
  • Two large rainwater tanks
  • One outdoor toilet

Written by Jay Sims

Edited by Alex Hay aehay@hotmail.com

 

Larapinta Day 9

Day 9 – 2km from Rocky Gully to Ellery Creek

We were up at 6am and found that all of our water bottles had ice in them. It was so cold from around 3:30am until the sun was high enough to warm our skin.

Simone and Yushu, our early and fast packers, left at 7:30 whilst Trish and I took our time to pack our bags knowing that we would take over them in an hour. We left at 8am, Trish now left me walk ahead of her as she described my hike like a motor. As soon as I have my engines revving, I am off!

Arrived here at 10:35am! I hiked 2.5hours my pace is 4.4km per hour! My pace increased today again by another 100m 🙂 I could have hiked for longer, but I must wait for everyone and I agreed that we would stay the night and then hike about 20km to Count Point tomorrow.

 

Got access to our second food drop. I love last me, leaving a summer roll to enjoy as I restock my supplies! I ended up from the last 9 days with 2 extra unopened food packs. So I will compare what I have in my new supply and decide whether to keep them or not.

Other bonuses from last me; another 4xAA batteries for my head torch as I was starting to get concerned I the six I have would run out. (Future note to replace with USB charged head torch or USB charged batteries), new socks, sports bra, the next four sections info booklets and an additional 100 purification tablets to share among my group as they only took 50! I had 130 when I started, I was worried I would need to ration with them as well as use Matt’s water filter (a time intensive exercise).

Shoes off, on a camp platform waiting for others as I review my packs contents with the resupply.

 

Today is half way to completing this trip, 9 days left, and we experienced and thought through so many things together and as individuals. Lessons were learnt and the struggles we had are, as Dave says, relative to the future we have yet to be experience.

Trish arrived at 11:20am, we lost the girls, they  apparently were ahead of Trish. Turns out they went straight to the waterhole for a dip whilst I dozed in the shade with our food drop.

We opted to stay, relax and swim. Found a shaded dual platform camp for us, it looks like a villa! Gave ourselves a chance to fully wash our clothes, hair, quietly plan our next few days and have a siesta.

We braved the glacial cold waters which numbed your extremities almost as soon as you stepped into the water. I would not chicken out and swam 5m to a climbable rock. There was a woman who quietly swam these waters to the other side, I was inspired to attempt the same feat, made it halfway, was not gracious as I was gasping loudly that the girls could hear me on the beach before I swam back.

As the sun started to set, we walked down to the waterhole again to see if there was some live nature happening. It was minimal, but it was a good chance to laugh and reminisce about our past 9 days. Halfway mark to the completion of the hike. A bit of a somber occasion.

 

Ellery Creek Campsite and Caravan Park

  • Two sheltered platforms (villas)
  • Over 5 standalone platforms
  • Visitors toilets
  • Natural waterhole
  • Two large rain water tanks
  • 4 BBQs
  • Possible two metal fire pits
  • Food drop storage

Larapinta Day 8

Day 8 – Hugh Gorge Shelter to 3km from Rocky Gully campsite

Leaving Hugh gorge campsite, snack station at Ghost Gum and we zipped through to Rocky Gully, a 4-hour flattish walk where I was able to fully jam out with my music. The distance was about 15km and I was about to complete it in 4 hours and 20 mins, my new pace 4.39km per hour. I was happy about the pace since my feet weren’t affected by blisters, which in turn allowed me to remaining energetic throughout the day. Arriving at Rocky Gully at 12:20pm.

The temperatures from today onwards were around 26 degrees and dry heat.

We stayed at Rocky Gully until about 3pm, relaxing in the shade and just chatting away to kill time. Trish took a siesta in another shady spot and we saw a few people arrive from Ellery Creek about 15km and about 4 hours away.

I’ve been seeing a few people sporting the Aarn packs that have beefy shoulder packs in from on both straps. Apparently useful for water and snack carry. An appealing setup.

Once the weather cooled, we decided to hike further up to a river bed about 3km from Rocky Gully.

It was picture perfect with the sunset and hip-hop music from my phone. As we were eating a bearded dragon lizard emerged from the sands in front of her causing a fright but soon enough, we flocked around it with our camera phones as it was the star of the show.

We packed our food away and at 7:30pm everyone settled into bed.

Evening Update: I just saw a shooting star near enough to see the fire coming from it as it disappeared to the other side of the night sky. #joysofcowboycamping

Rock Gully Campsite (Had lunch here but did not camp)

  • Shelter with two platforms and 4x Solar USB charging ports in food cub board
  • Two large rain water tanks
  • One outdoor toilet

Larapinta Day 7

Day 7 – Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge Shelter

Temperature dropped to 1 degree at 4/5am, everyone felt it and struggled to keep warm until the morning.

Walked to the waterhole and saw that the Larapinta Trekkers support company have the place set up with swags, showers and a 4WD camper kitchen.

Bumped into two female hikers we met from Standley Chasm. They were camping at the same waterhole, they kindly offered us cake that was made from the tour guides from Larapinta Trekkers Support Company.

We arrived at the highest point of the day by lunch time after an arduous hike and boulder climb from the river bed. Full body exercise. The summit was exposed with some sketchy ridge line crossings.

We went to Hugh waterhole which was a difficult 30 minute walk containing bursts of multi-coloured river rocks before reaching a the warm glow of the waterhole from the afternoon sun. Trish and I decided to test the waters by running in waist deep before freezing where I stood. Only to be shown up by Trish diving in. We very quickly realised the icy temperatures and ran out before the numbing cold of the water cooled our cores.

We decided the head to the campsite which we realised was about an hour and 45 minutes away, it was 4pm by that time. The entrance to the water hole quickly filled with several groups of hikes from Mt Sonder and a couple we camped with at the Birthday Waterhole campsite the night before.

We met a man on the way to the campsite with fully duct taped leather boots. The glue on his soles was separating and he had to duct tape and glue them back together. He advised that Alison, a female hiking solo from Mt Sonder would be waiting for us and looking forward to the company.

We met Alison at the campsite by night fall, she was glad to see us and discussed the trail we have each seen so far. Just as we’re getting ready for bed we hear dingoes howling. Alison was very grateful to have us around…

Hugh Gorge Shelter

  • Shelter with two platforms and 4x Solar USB charging ports in food cub board
  • Two large rainwater tanks
  • One outdoor toilet

Note: Guthook hiking app says that Hugh campsite is 98 km away. However I believe we have hiked longer than that with our side trails and the trek from Alice Springs, but this is still our longest unsupported hike achieved.

Other GPS Apps, Earthmate in conjunction with Inreach Explorer Plus, allows ease of texting via app to GPS device. Highly recommend yet has been invaluable for this trip for me personally. Awful weather forecast (wind sun and moon symbols, what a joke)

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Larapinta trail, NT. Day 7, (part 2/2) Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge Shelter We went to Hugh waterhole which was a difficult 30 minute walk through a multi colour dry river bed before reaching the warm glow of the waterhole from the afternoon sun. Trish and I decided to test the waters by running in, I managed to get only waist deep before freezing. Only to be shown up by Trish diving in. Very quickly realised the icy temperatures and ran out before the numbing cold of the water cooled our cores. Heading back, we started looking on the map for the Hugh Gorge Shelter only to realise we were about an hour and 45 minutes away, it was 4pm by that time. The entrance to the water hole quickly filled with several groups of hiker from Mt Sonder and a couple we camped with at the Birthday waterhole campsite the night before. We met a man on the way to the campsite with fully duct taped leather boots. The glue on his soles was separating and he to duct tape and glue them back together. He advised that Alison, a female hiking solo from Mt Sonder would be waiting for us and looking forward to the company. We met Alison at the campsite by night fall, she was solo hiking for 9 days to Standley Chasm. We discussed the trail we each seen so far. Just as we’re getting ready for bed, we hear dingoes howling in the distance. Alison was very greatful to have us around… Guthook says that Hugh campsite is the 98th km. However I believe we have hiked longer then that with our side trails and the trek from Alice Springs but this is still our longest unsupported hike achieved. Other GPS Apps Earthmate in conjunction with Inreach Explorer Plus allows texting via app to GPS device. Highly recommend and has been invaluable for this trip. Has awful weather forecast, they even charge you for a weeks worth but only provides forecasts in symbols wind, sun and moon. What a joke. #shedeviltrekers #larapinta #larapintatrail #hikingaustralia #hiking #backpacking #thruhiking #endtoend #E2E #AliceSprings #SDTLarapinta2018 #ANUMC #OAUSLarapinta2018 #OAUSblog @shedeviltrekkers #inreachexplorerplus #enlightenedequipment #outdoorresearch

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Larapinta Day 6

Day 6 – Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole

Left Standley Chasm campsite at 9:30am after finding that my booking for the cultural tour was not appearing on their systems and the lack of reception and Wi-Fi stopped me from showing financial evidence of payment. So we had our breakfast, took photos of the Chasm and left.

Met guy from Mt Sonder carrying a 20kg pack and was hiking 14 days which turned into 12 days. He recommended the following stops which would later influence our camping spots.

  • Brinkley Bluff – had lunch there
  • Ghost gum – had a snack there
  • Fringe Lilly creek – passed through
  • Count Point – Definite Camping location
  • Giles lookout – Definite Camping location

Brinkley Bluff has phone reception if you were standing left of the sign and it was unreliable. FaceTime dropped out constantly.

The climb to the bluff was quite challenging especially as it started getting hotter and more exposed.

The original plan was to stay the night at Brinkley after the cultural tour which meant dry camping. Since that plan didn’t get fully realised, the plan was instead ditching the extra three litres of water and have lunch there instead and attempt to reach Birthday Waterhole campsite.

Passed what could have been either camel, bull, or horse bones on the way to Birthday Waterhole. Not creepy at all.

Birthday Waterhole campsite

  • Shelter with two platforms and 4x Solar USB charging ports in food cub board
  • Two large rainwater tanks
  • One outdoor toilet

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Larapinta trail, NT. Day 6 – Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole Left Standley Chasm campsite at 9:30am after finding that my booking for the cultural tour was not appearing on their systems and the lack of reception and wifi stopped me from showing financial evidence of payment. So we had our breakfast, took photos of the Chasm and left. Met guy from Mt Sonder carrying a 20kg and was hiking 14 days turned changed to 12 days. He recommended the following stops which would later influence our camping spots. * Brinkley Bluff * Ghost gum * Fringe Lilly creek * Count Point * Giles lookout Brinkley Bluff has phone reception if you were standing left of the sign and it was unreliable. FaceTime dropped out constantly. The climb to the bluff was quite challenging especially as it started getting hotter and more exposed. The original plan was to stay the night at Brinkley after the cultural tour which meant dry camping. Since that plan didn’t get fully realised, the plan was instead ditch the extra 3litres of water and have lunch there instead and attempt to Birthday water hole campsite. Passed what could have been either camel, bull or horse bones in the way to Birthday waterhole. Not creepy at all. Birthday waterhole campsite * Shelter with two platforms and 4x Solar USB charging ports in food cub board * two large rain water tanks * one outdoor toilet . .
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Larapinta Day 5

Day 5 – Standley Chasm Zero Day

We woke up, had breakfast and lunch at the kiosk enjoying cooked meals.

Keeping productive preparing for the rest of the trip,we ee-packed our bags with all the new food and 5 litres of water.

My bag is nearly 19kg as I have 6 packs of food because I can get quite ravenous when hiking. I ditched the tampons, plastic spoke, bamboo knife that goes with my fork and the 10,000 MAh power bank.

I bought a painting from a local artist living on the campgrounds. $70 on canvas paper, leaving the painting in the food tub for pick up later.

The rest of the ladies packs were around 18kg.

Simone ditched her tent but will share with Trish so she’s taking Trish’s tent poles.

Trish is ditching her t-shirt and long pants in favour of singlet and shorts.

 

This is dry land, Coopers ultra-light (non-alcoholic) is the closest to alcohol we will get until Glen Helen. Nothing to drink away the struggles of the previous 8 hours hiking here.

You don’t need alcohol to have a good time. We ended up playing a game of Arsehole from the deck of cards Trish brought with her. We were taught this game by a fellow hiker, Max, a nice young engineering uni student hiking 12 days from Mt. Sonder to Alice.

Standley Chasm Campsite

  • One outdoor light with two charging points if you have a USB charger and cord
  • Two showers
  • Top loading washing machine
  • Visitors toilets
  • Kiosk but does not supply anything for hikers apart from premise food and coffee
  • Food drop storage at kiosk (sign in and out required)

Larapinta Day 4

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:

  1. Laundry
  2. Shower again (hope there’s warm goddamn water!)
  3. Re-evaluate our pack weight!!!!
  4. Plan the next few days
  5. Walk small of the small trails in the area

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Larapinta trail, NT. Day 4, part (2/3)- Jay Creek to Standley Chasm The decline was sharp, with the wind picking up and pushing against us making me and/or scared of slipping. Once we reached Mesic Gully at the base of the high route we up just crashed, having 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 thrown 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 under whelmed 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 performance Monday Wednesday Thursday. Today is Saturday… now what? Plan for the following day: 1. Laundry 2. Shower again (hope there’s warm goddamn water!) 3. Re-evaluate our pack weight 4. Plan the next few days 5. Bum around, I guess not much else to do.. . . .
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Larapinta Day 3

Day 3, Bonds Gap to Jay Creek

No reception between Bonds to Jay Creek.

Passed three groups.

  1. Five men in their thirties hiking the trail from Mt Sonder to Alice in 7 days with roughly 18-20kg and one food drop.
  2. Two girls in their twenties hiking from Mt Sonder to Alice in 21 days.
  3. 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.
    1. The women were sick of hiking with him, so they slowed down.
    2. Sorry Dave, he is actually a douche bag. (He isn’t he is very lovely).

Speedy Dave Recommendations:

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

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(Posting continued after a two week delay!) Larapinta trail, NT. Day 3, Bonds Gap to Jay Creek No reception between Bond to Jay Creek. Saw wild cows and bulls that escaped the bigger cattle yards. Apparently we should be expecting these in sections 2,3 & 4. People we have met at Jay Creek Shelter 1. A young couple, a guy who couldn’t fathom ultra hikers and their gears. He was quite being offended that his hiking system was outdated and his partner (female American) who 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 ways away from the shelter we’re in. He also mentioned what blanket rice was, you boil rice 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… 2. Met another guy, ‘Speedy’ Dave, who averages 5km per hour. He is a gear freak like me, suggested content listed below. He is hiking Alice to MT Sonder with two women (Janet and Sharon, hiking friends). He carries 14kg Osprey expos (48litre) with a sea to summit bivvy. Their itinerary is to complete a section a day for 2 weeks. He lives in Perth and section hikes the Bibbulmun trail and hopes to attempt the PCT. ‘Darwin on the trail’ was what resparked his interest in hiking. * Birkely marathons Netflix * JohnZ YouTube * Darwin ontrail bivvy Jay Creek Campsite * Shelter with two platforms and USB charging ports in food cub board * two large rain water tanks (left water tank was polluted) * one outdoor toilet * one standalone raised platform #darwinonthetrail #shedeviltrekers #larapinta #larapintatrail #hikingaustralia #hiking #backpacking #thruhiking #endtoend #E2E #AliceSprings #SDTLarapinta2018 #ANUMC #OAUSLarapinta2018 #OAUSblog @shedeviltrekkers

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Larapinta Day 2

Day 2 – 9th Aug, Wallaby Gap to Bonds Gap

Left at 9:10am for a long walk.

Simone and Yushu saw a rock wallaby at Wallaby Gap.

Breakfast was cold soaked oats, a fresh banana and berocca. Strapping to minimise the blisters, only time will tell if this fails or not.

The landscape to Simpson Gorge was well shaded with beautiful orange and white hues. Surprising amount of colourful plants.

We had 4G reception from Alice Springs until Scorpion Pool. Got a chance to make video calls during the hike to share the views.

Did Scorpion Pool side trail, we found that it was more like a puddle then pool and no scorpions. There must be more to the story here….

Met two guys from the royal lifesaving service carrying 30kgs from Mt Sonder with one food drop. Not sure how long they were hiking for but apparently one of the guys nearly broke down on Brinkley Bluff with 28kg pushing his limit. They were going the distance as well maybe 12-14 days?

Past two other men hiking from Mt Sonder don’t remember much about them.

Arrived at Simpson Gap by lunchtime, checked out the Hotspot reception extenders though they didn’t seem to work.

I highly recommend the side trail to Simpson Gap, beautiful rocky areas surrounding the river bed and waterhole.

Simpson Gap Campsite

  • Shelter with two platforms and 4x Solar USB charging ports in food cupboard
  • Two large rainwater tanks
  • One outdoor toilet

Decided to continue to Bonds Gap as we felt fit and energetic enough to keep move on after checking out the Gap’s waterhole.

Camp Bond Gap, a dry river bed and water source was the gap itself where you had to climb part of it to access to water source properly. Using the Cnoc 2litle squeeze bladder and Hydroblu filter (it took over an hour to fill 9 litres of water!). There was no choice as there was particles and mosquitoes’ eggs in the water. #treatyourwaterproperly

Outcome of today: I am sunburnt on the right cheek and neck due to the angle of the sun.

Cold soaking lunch worked a treat at Simpson’s Gap, so I did the same for dinner and tomorrow’s lunch and breaky.

Trish’s Tyvek – eBay Tyvek from Dalesford, Victoria