excuse the sombre tone of this update - I'm not in the best of
I started on the truly uphill phase of this walk this
morning at 8:30, wearing cross-counrty skis, and having heard
many bad reports about the weather at the top.
The going was strenuous and a litle wet, but not
uncomfortable. I had no blister problems. The only thing that
was a little distrubing was the fierce, driving wind when I
neared the top and hour and a half later (I now know how long it
takes to ski up the Thredbo ski resort).
I rested and regrouped (with a photographer from the Herald)
in the Eagles Nest restaurant on Mount Crackenback (1930 metres)
while I waited for the National Parks bloke to skidoo over from
Perisher. He was due at 10. The wind was blowing at 80km/h
outside, and visibility was next to zero. At 11:30 he called to
say that he was stuck in a hut halfway from Perisher, navigation
was next to impossible, he was scared of getting lost himself,
and there was no way that the walk was going ahead in such
So I got on the chairlift (my first ride anywhere in three
weeks) and went back down the mountain to Thredbo. I was 6km and
300 vertical metres short of my destination.
I'm getting on a bus back to Sydney this afternoon. The
weather looks like it will continue like this for a couple of
days, and there are some important personal matters that I need
to get back to Sydney for, so there's no chance that I'll stick
around and wait here. It's possible that I'll come back here in
the next couple of weeks and complete this thing (I guess that's
allowed), but I doubt it. Not the way I'm feeling at the moment.