[8 images, click to enlarge] – One of the walks I’ve wanted to do since a lad trawling over my Dad’s maps, I finally made it to Thark Ridge, with a great view to Dead Island!
This is not an easy track – and I use the term “track” extremely loosely. If the first 200 metres doesn’t put you off – if you can find it, I assure you it doesn’t get any better! Guided by yellow triangles on black poles that blended into the surrounding foliage remarkably well, it was more than once I said to myself “So now where the f#ck does the track go?!!” Yet, somehow, I managed to find my way in and back out.
It was slow, careful and deliberate progress with every step. Aided by two hiking poles, I covered 9km in 5 hours, being extremely careful on the knee and plenty of photo stops along the way.
I think this track was built by a mad person. It weaves about like a drunkard, taking you into the most inhospitable rock-hopping, ankle twisting terrain you could imagine, all the while, seemingly averting your eyes from any chance of catching what could be a breath-taking view. I was so tempted to scramble up onto the boulders at the top of the ridge below (there is no track up there), but thought better of it with my recovering knee.
It was a hard, slow slog, and I was unprepared for the very warm weather after starting out in cool cloud, but I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Next time, I have another goal. “Devils’ Throne”. I passed the turn-off on the way. Perhaps He made the track!