The Australian Alps Walking Track is a ~660km walk from Victoria up to Canberra (or visa-versa) across the high peaks and plateaus of our Alps; although our walk is about 784km with as many side trips as we could fit in… planning has been well under way since March when we purchased the AAWT Bible and started converting it into a spreadsheet (source for the tables below).
For an up-to-the-minute update of our location see our SPOT Shared Page.
After 7 months of planning (which has finally exhausted me), we're about to see how successful that planning has been (scary... ).
The planning is not to be under-estimated: 784km over 45 days and only walking through one town (Thredbo, actually walking off the track to catch the chair lift down): Each one of these planning items is non-trivial on its own–
It's hard to believe that a two week walk over 287km can feel too short — but it did
…and now we're busy putting things together for the Australian Alps Walking Trail (which the GNW was the precursor for anyway )
Actually, we've been so busy that there's not been time to put a post together for the walk, but G+ has done an OK job with its Story of the photos… but we've had to replace some broken items and boost some items that didn't perform as well as we'd expected…
Well... our training for the GNW has felt just a little rushed, like falling in at the deep end (that first week was a real shock to the system), but it's the time that we had – I hope we've made good use of it… I'm certainly starting to feel physically ready (though I haven't been relishing heading out with 25kg on my back to climb up and down 1km each weekend, but I did find the last week extremely enjoyable with only 20kg on my back, so I guess it's got to be working ).
The Kosciuszko Hut Tour seems so long ago now but as a taster it seems to have had an effect: we decided that the longer AAWT is worth doing now rather than later It was a great walk though: camping on Kosciuszko and having breakfast at dawn on the summit was particularly nice… I may still blog, but here are some photos.
So, we've came home and dived into planning (booking holidays, etc), itinerising (getting the walk into days), gear purchasing (trying to lighten our packs as much as possible and allow for wider extremes of weather)... whilst trying not to get too excited.
After coming off the Bibbulmun Track and eating the same scroggin (trail mix) for 53 days straight, we were generally pretty happy with the basic recipe: Nuts / Dried Fruit / Seeds (no lollies or chocolate).
When we started training for the Great North Walk we wanted to refine the recipe so started rating the various incarnations… that walk didn't eventuate, but when we started again for the Kosciuszko Hut Tour, we started our rating again; and in due course, quite surprisingly, we started rating the scroggin at 98%!
So, we seem to have arrived at what we think is The Best Scroggin in the World
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