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Day 3: Cox's River to Dex Creek
Leave camp following a good wash in the Cox for me: Cold but wonderful to rinse the salt off hair particularly.
Left camp just before 9:00am, so we're getting better with the packing up camp. Spent a bit of time orientating ourselves and making sure that we had picked out the right ridge to climb, and without anything more to do we set off...
Had a few stops heading up the hill and broke for morning tea about 11:00am for a longer break after climbing about 470m.
Morning tea very welcome. Stiff trudge up and in but managed to find the track with minimal problems. Lost it over rocks a few times with minimal problems too!
Beyond Strongleg now and below Kullieatha Peak. Changed the batteries in the GPS. Just saw [our] first snake curled beside the track but not on it: Large brown.
After Mount Moorilla Maloo we got lost again. Followed what looked like the track that went around a rocky knoll, but when the track ran out we realised that we were nowhere near where we should have been and were a fair way from where we should have been (position and elevation). Thankfully it was easy enough to pick a point on the GPS and head there, which crossed the track again: but it was pretty exhausting bush-bashing our way up the hill.
Perry managed to unlose us by sussing out ridge we should be on then directing us up onto that with the GPS. Had to stop and think but then viola: the track!
We were using the Dingo Gap track notes, but were headed in the opposite direction which didn't help in some of the transitions. Once we found the ridge up to Carra Top it was much easier going. The Dingo Gap notes said that the track down into Dex Creek was indistinct and overgrown, but we found it well formed though slightly narrowed by the charred shrubs, and although there were lots of competing tracks found if we kept to the most trafficed tracks it was generally pretty good.
Made Dex Creek about 4:30pm. Beautiful and idyllic. Camping beside a babbling brook. Great dinner, good rinse and wash.
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Moving Time: 2:47
Stopped Time: 4:55
Moving Average: 2.5 km/h
Overall Average: 0.9 km/h