Hartz Mountain….. all the way to the top!

8 01 2017

Since getting down here on the Huon, and speaking to the many locals who have made it to the top of Hartz Mountain, I have been saying that before I die, I have to climb this local icon…. and yesterday I did!

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Those stains aren’t nicotine…. they’re sweat..!

I’ve visited this National Park many times now, and when I took la p’tite Charlotte up there last year on an unprepared walk without food, we got very close. I thought the views were amazing from Hartz Saddle, but from the top, they are truly stunning.

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The weather forecast was for a stinker, and neither I nor the current American wwoofers were too keen on working at the Fanny Farm that day, so we opted to climb to what we thought would be a cooler climate……. it was a stinker anyway, even up there.

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On the drive up the mountain, we came across a young Nepalese couple who’d skidded off the road. Beats me how they managed to do that, but they were lucky that I still had my log dragging chain on the back of the ute, and we had them back on their merry way in no time at all….

As I expected, the place was full of tourists, and, amazingly, locals wearing jeans…. in this weather..? It also occurred to me that it was a very very long time since I stood atop a mountain. I can’t even remember which mountain it was I last climbed… apart from the mountain of life of course..!

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At the top there were twenty six people, including the three of us. It was like Grand Central Station, only with a much better view. The old legs are a bit sore this morning as I write this, but it was all worth it…… Enjoy the photos.

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Federation Peak…….

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8 responses

8 01 2017
sem4peter

My wife and I attempted it in December – then the strong wind arrived and had to turn back at Ladies Tarn. I’m envious. Made it to Cape Hauy a few days later.
Peter Adelaide.

11 01 2017
mikestasse

Yes the weather is fickle here…. it can change in a matter of minutes.

8 01 2017
Bob

Well done sir!

8 01 2017
rabiddoomsayer

What Bob said

8 01 2017
MargfromTassie

Ditto that

9 01 2017
foodnstuff

Me too!

10 01 2017
Denice

Mighty effort!

14 01 2017
Susmind

Some of the rock shapes up there are amazing. I thought they were man carved the first time I saw them !
Did you add a rock to the fort or Sanger at the top ?
It’s the last defensive post of southern Tasmania against the mainlander climate change refugee hordes who will swamp Tasmania when it goes permanent fried up in Southeast Asia & the mainland.

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