Tasmania and the Arthur Mountains

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Tasmania and the Arthur Mountains

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In 2015 I spent two months adventuring around Tasmania and twenty-three days trekking self-supported in the Arthur Mountains, located in a remote section of the Southwest National Park.  This is a photo journal of that trip.

Tue 07 April, 2015 - 

       Most of the advice I was given should have been heeded, however I made due with the gear and weight that I had. My rain gear was not sufficient for this type of environment and my pack was extremely over weight for the first couple of weeks. Although having enough food to go slow was perfect for the time I wanted to spend. I should have had more than one change of clothing in case of getting wet. Having the gear strapped to the outisde of my pack caused a lot of rips and tears to everything. The food I carried turned out to work great although I will have more variety and less food next time. I planned to eat 15,000kj per day but this was impossible for me. My daily eating scedule was, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 3 energy bars. I rarely could eat all the energy bars per day. Even with the food I gave away and the food given to me I estimate that I had enough food for 27 days. Also during this I was injury free. Never once had to use a band-aid or take any medication. I was also amazed that I lost practically no weight, less than 2kgs! My primary cooking fuel was Petrol, 1 liter, which lasted me 19 days. The Arthur Mountains were completely different than I anticipated. Although spending twenty two days within these mountains are one of the most amazing things that I have ever done. I feel like I learned more during this than any other trek I have attempted. I wish I could have attempted Federation Peak but I think it was wise I didn't push further in foul weather. I can always come back. After this I decided to come back home to the Appalachian Mountains, grab some new gear and head to New Zealand for a year January '16. Thank you to everyone who offered advice and suggestions while I was planning this. A huge thanks to biggbird for the hospitality, taking me rock climbing, and even driving me to the airport. Would love to payback the favor somewhere in the world, thank you both for being such amazing hosts! Also without biggbird I would have had no EPIRB or the sufficient maps I would have needed. I'm sure I left out a lot but here is my rough trip report. I apologize for the fire...If it wasn't out of necessity I would have not had one.

Love and light,
Jordan

Gear

Sleeping
Hilleberg Nallo 2 2p Tent + FP
Thermarest X-Therm Sleeping Pad
Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag
Cooking / Drinking
MSR Whisperlite International Stove + Repair Kit + 2 Fuel Pumps
20oz Fuel Bottle x 2 - Cooking with Petrol
Emergency Self-Made Can Stove
Pinnacle Soloist 1L Cooking Pot
Small Plastic Mug
Plastic Cutlery
Nalgene 1L
Osprey 2L Water Bladder
Clothing
Camp-Four 5.10 Approach Shoes
2x Wool Socks, 1x Bamboo Socks
Wool Hat
Cut-off Wool Gloves
Synthetic Thermal Leggings & Top
2x Cotton T-Shirts
North Face Wind Barrier
Prana Pants
Patagonia Rain Jacket
North Face Rain Pants
Self-made gaiters.
Packs & Bags
F-Stop Satori EXP 62L Backpack + Large Internal Camera Unit
Sea to Summit EVent Compression Dry Bag x 2 - 15L & 30L
Sea to Summit Rain Fly
Tools / Misc
Leatherman Fuse MultiTool
2x Lighter & Waterproof Matches
Black Diamond Aluminum Trekking Poles
Black Diamond ReVolt 120L HeadLamp
6x AAA Batteries
Emergency & Hygiene
EPIRB - Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (Will try to borrow one from the local Police Station)
Emergency Blanket
First Aid Kit
Dr. Bronners Tea Trea Hemp Castile Oil
Photography Equipment
Nikon D800, 3 Batteries
32gb CFx2, 32gb SDx1, 16gb SDx1
Benro Aluminum Travel Tripod
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AF
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 AF
Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AF

STATISTICS:

Start Weight: 63.5kg
Finish Weight: 62kg
Start Pack Weight: 38-40kg
Finish Pack Weight: 21.5 kg
Days Spent: 22 days - February 17 - March 10, 2015
Days Spent in Tent: 5 days
Days Food Carried: 27 days
Food Carried:
20x Breakfast, 20x Dinner, 20x Lunch, 60x Energy Bars,
15x Misc Dehydrated Fruit, 1kg Chia Seeds (18-20kg)
Food Given to Me:
2 x Lamb Dinner, Dehydrated Rice, Pack of Chapati,
2x 18g Mars Bars, 2x 40g Protein Bars, 1/2 Cucumber,
3x Tea Bags, 100g Salmon, Small Bag Trail Mix,
1/4 Caramel Chocolate Bar, 3 Oreos, 1 Apricot Chew, Tape,
Ink Pen
Food Given Away:
2x Lunch, Berries/Apricots, Fruit Straps, 7x Energy Bars,
4x Dinners

Here is a link to an Australian Bushwalk forum where I initially asked about the Western/Eastern Arthurs:  https://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19223

Here is my trip report I wrote directly after the trip:
https://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=19719


About the Author

Jordan Reed

Hello, I was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. I have been traveling since 2008 and somehow now ended up on Rakiura in New Zealand. I have fallen quite in love with the island, people, and of course Olivia. I hope to share more about our life here in the near future :)

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