Overland Track

Overland Track

Echo Point Hut Sunset

Echo Point Hut Sunset

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The Overland track, it turns out is a great track to do on your own.  Huts at the end of each day as well a constant stream of people passing you in case anything goes wrong. You are never really completely isolated, its kind of like a hikers highway. This is a good thing if like me you have been meaning to do the Overland for some time but could never line up trekking partners.

The huts are only one of the reasons that the Overland is easier than other walks. Just the knowledge that at the end of the day there would a roof and space to dry out was a huge comfort. The huts themselves were the best I have come across in Australia so far. But as the guide books tell you, they can fill up quickly and I was glad to have my bivy sack. Especially on the nights where there were snorers in hut. One particular night, after already moving outside I was forced to relocate again to a place closer to a river to get away from loud snoring.

While I am glad to be able to tick off the Overland I think if I were to come back to the track it would have to be in winter. There are too many other Tasmanian trails beckoning.

Kosciuszko National Park Hut’s

Kosciuszko National Park Hut’s

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get out for a night.  Last weekend I joined some members of the mountaineering club of the Australian National University who were heading out to Kosciuszko National Park.  It was wet for the most part which was a different from I am used to.  In Canada where I have lived for the previous seven years it tends not to rain all that much or stay below freezing for the day.  No need for waterproof clothes much at all.

I managed to cope better than my camera did which had stopped working but Saturday Night.  unfortunately it was still not working for the sunrise the next morning which was glorious.  It’s okay, sometimes you have to keep images back for yourself.

Abbot Pass hut

Abbot Pass hut

Matt may never forgive me for the description I gave for this trip.  An easy 4 hour walk to the hut.  I am not sure where I got this nugget from but it was way off the mark.  The last leg of the walk was a long slog up a 700m of scree slope.  It was as arduous as climbing a sand dune and more treacherous as any walk I have ever done.   But of course the view from the second highest alpine Hutt in the Canadian Rockies was certainly worth it.

Lake Waterton National Park

Lake Waterton National Park

Where do you go for holiday when you live in one of the most beautiful places in the world?  You go to another one!  After living in Lake Louise my standards were pretty high as far as nature goes.  Luckily Lake Waterton delivered on scenery and was a fantastic place for swimming and relaxing.

One of these photos even won a local photography competition run by the tourist agency.  I couldn’t collect as it was after I had already left the country… But it is the first photography competition that I ‘ve won.

 

Skoki Lodge

Skoki Lodge

2013 Skoki Winter from jasonmacqueen on Vimeo.

A quintessential Canadian experience. Even William and Kate from the British Royal family managed a stay while they were in Canada.  You can find their names in the guest book when you go there.  This video was created for the Lake Louise Ski Area to aid Skoki marketing efforts.