Tuesday, 8 November 2016
For the 2nd time in two weeks we got fresh new snow on the mountain. We got it on Friday night and although it was a few days later, there was still plenty of snow left when Clare and I attempted to summit Collins Bonnet on a foggy and slightly rainy Sunday morning.
We have to admit that we were both a bit under-dressed for this adventure - we had thermals and jackets of course (as one of the unique things about Hobart is that it's possible to die of hyperthermia while still being within sight of Eastlands Shopping Centre) but waterproof trousers would have been great - not that it rained that much, but all the overhanging shrubs were loaded with water which transferred to our legs as we brushed past them. The trail was a mix of paved rocks, double-planks and rocky ground and the vegetation was just as varied. I really love the snowgums and the speckled dolerite boulders which are abundant just below the peak of the mountain.
When the clouds cleared briefly we could see all the way down to the orchards of Franklin which was cool - I really haven't done much walking over the back of Mt Wellington. This walk started from Big Bend near Lost World, which I have never really looked at either (and I still haven't).
Due to being under-dressed, we did fail our mission, as with wet clothes we were both a bit hesitant to climb up to the summit and be exposed to the strong winds, so it will have to be something to look forward to some other (sunnier) day.
It was a fun trip though - and I think I'm now fully prepared and ready to enjoy the Triple Top Walk/Run next weekend.