Walled Mountain 14-15 Dec, 2013
Elin was excited too. “I’m so happy I’m jealous of me”, she declared. This was to be her first experience of what I call real bushwalkng, viz. walking with a ‘real’ pack and sleeping out. The plan was to do Walled and Macs Mountains, and then see what was what. We had food for three days.
“You’re lucky with the weather the ferry man said as we neared Narcissus. It’s been raining and snowing all week, but the good weather is due today.”
“It wasn’t luck”, I thought; I’d timed things according to the forecast. Alas, it was wrong.
Alas, also, I slightly tore my calf muscle (over-use running innjury) after only an hour. Damn !!! We had been looking forward to this for too long to pull out … and the ferry is too expensive to pay and not get any walking done. I limped very slowly in to Pine Valley, made it, and decided to push on regardless. I’d developed a way of walking that protected the injured muscle by taking the effort and weight elsewhere. Up we climbed on to the Labyrinth.
Thanks to all the rain things were pretty deep in water up there, but silvery, watery beautiful. Grey mist swirled around as we slopped our way around Lakes Cyan and Ophion and then climbed a bit to Eurynome. At this stage we could still see the majestic mountains around us looming out of the mist. Our own destination, Walled Mountain, looked quite spectacular as the mist swirled about its Jurassic dolerite cliffs. From below, or rather, from that particular angle under the cliffs, it seemed impossible that one could camp up there. It was so jagged and rugged.
For more, and for much prettier pictures of the views to be had from Walled Mountain, see my blogs on Macs Mountain, and on Mt Nereus.
On the way home we climbed Sandbanks Tier to double the mountain count for the trip. www.natureloverswalks.com/sandbanks-tier/