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Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Tarn Shelf, then into the Southwest
After striking camp, all three of us and all our gear piled into Gaye's hatchback. I had to nurse my pack between my knees as there was no other space.
We drove up the dirt road to the top of the mountains where there was a pretty lake with some ski lodges.
We took a walking trail up onto the alpine area where the low cloud obscured any views. Dropping slightly to the "Tarn Shelf", we came across a day shelter hut, the ski rope tow, and several beautiful tarns. There were views to a couple of small lakes far below, but not off into the distance. The water in the tarns was amazingly clear.
After returning to the car via the same route, we drove back to the visitors centre through the tall lush forest. Driving southwest, we stopped at Maydeena as the car was making some strange noises which seemed to be due to the suspension being very low. We continued on to Lake Pedder, and the Huon River camp ground. The campsite was quite damp, but pretty. We had a campfire, and were talking to a guy who had just completed the South Coast and Port Davey tracks and said the last 5 days were all mud.