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Thursday, April 22, 2004
Frenchmans Cap Hike - Day 3 - Tahune Hut to Vera Hut
It was very warm in the morning today, and there was a strong wind blowing the trees above the hut. The sunrise glow on the peaks around Tahune Hut (including Frenchmans Cap) was very pretty.
We set out the way we'd come, with clear skies and good views. The wind was strong, but almost warm. We saw some King Billy Pines along the way and Deciduous Beech (which were orange).
I must have been having a bad day, as I slipped and fell several times. The first was on an unstable rock, and others were on tree roots. I cut my right middle finger twice within minutes, in virtually the same place, and also bruised my shin. Fun!
The descent from Barron Pass was very slow due to the enormously slippery tree roots and wat rocks. Finally when we reached Lake Vera, instead of a mirror surface, it had whitecaps due to the very strong wind.
For the first time on the hike, we had to share a hut with a young couple (Jenna & David?) who worked for the parks and wildlife service at the visitors centres for Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair.
It started raining about 7pm and continued steadily through the night.