Wrong Turn in Tassie
As my last trip had been trekking the high altitude trails of Nepal it was time to tackle a long distance walk locally. I packed my bags and headed for Tasmania’s famous overland track.
The timing of my trip coincided with the Easter break and Anzac Day which meant that I would only need to take three days annual leave and scored an eleven day break.’ You beauty’, I thought. The only problem with my cunning plan was that approximately one thousand other would-be-adventures had the same idea!
So with my one thousand new found friends I started my Overland adventure. One thing that can be said about trekking on your own on a popular walk is that you are never actually alone. One becomes a magnet for all the other lone adventurers. Which in most cases is a pleasure.
My time on the track was a little limited but I promised myself to do at least one side trip and so I decided to climb Tasmania’s highest peak, Mt Ossa.
I decided to follow a group that seemed to be climbing Mt Ossa, but soon realised that I was actually climbing Mt Pelio, across the way from Mt Ossa. After I realised my mistake I decided to keep going on as the day was perfect and we were able to get great views of Mt Ossa from Mt Pelion and avoid the crowds that were milling about its peak.
On my return to the track after my wrong turn I decided that it was still early enough in the day for me to tackle Mt Ossa, so after a quick bite to eat I headed off again, this time in the right direction.
As I ascended I kept passing the many people now descending. I was pleasantly surprised when I reached the peak to find that I had it all to myself. It seemed my timing was perfect.
So thanks to an anonymous teenager who I thought was going the right way I was able to sit atop Tasmania’s highest peak and enjoy the splendour of its wilderness, alone, on a perfect day. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have seen and an experience I will not soon forget.
For anyone considering a hike in the great wilderness Tasmania has to offer, I would highly recommend it. Whilst I did chose the peak tourist time to try the Overland track, im glad I did. I met some great friends, breathed the freshest air known to man, and enjoyed many unbelievable views.