Walls of Jerusalem

Walls of Jerusalem Winter Trip

The ‘Nunatak’ Adventure Tour Guiding group spent three glorious days in the Walls of Jerusalem late last month.  After the long drive from Hobart, we headed up the hill and were delighted to see some small patches of snow at Trappers Hut.  The snow started to be more prominent once we reached the top of the plateau.

We got to our campsite at Wild Dog Creek just before dark and saw to our delight that the tent platforms were completely covered waist deep in snow.  We spent over an hour shovelling the platforms so we could get our tents up, while the caterers prepared our meals.  We had a scrumptious dinner, then hit the sack early.

The next day we started building a snow cave.  All hands were on deck for that mission and we had ‘shovelers and padders’ building it for hours before we decided it was tall enough.  We then walked up to Damascus Gate and into the central Walls area itself.  We were stunned by how scenic the area was with frozen lakes, snow-covered mountains and stands of ancient Pencil Pines.  We experienced some fantastic Interpretation about alpine vegetation, conifers, crayfish/mountain shrimp and lizards by student’s Kate, Tim, Maddie and Katri.

We got back to camp in the early afternoon so the excavation of the ice cave could begin.  A couple of students slept in the cave overnight and reported that it was very cosy, with no condensation at all.  We had a delicious breakfast the next morning, followed by a quick pack up.

In conclusion, our group had a truly epic trip with beautiful scenery, tough walking conditions with slippery ice and thick snow, a cool ice cave we built ourselves and the experience of everything freezing over.  Thank you to our Instructor’s Sue Beaumont and Ashley Kestle.

Images:  Katri Werner

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Walking in the Walls of Jerusalem

Walls of Jerusalem

Two weeks ago the Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation students went to the Walls of Jerusalem for a 4 day bushwalk to hone our guiding and bushwalking skills.

On arrival, the group split into two groups with the intention to meet halfway at Dixons Kingdom.  The first group headed south and camped the night at Stretcher Lake, whilst the other group headed southeast and stayed at the Wild Dog Creek campsite.  After meeting at Dixons Kingdom the two groups then retraced each others steps back to the bus.

On the first night we set up camp in the dark and the rain, but woke to a clear morning with a fresh blanket of snow which completely changed the landscape.  This was truly a breath-taking experience.

One group even climbed Mt. Jerusalem pre-dawn and were rewarded with an amazing sunrise on the summit.

On the last couple of days, the weather cleared up providing us with amazing conditions, especially for this time of year and finishing off our trip on a high note.

A big thank you to Bruce Morley and Gemma Gooley for coming along and for the fun we had along the way.

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Walls of Jerusalem

Walls of JerusalamTwo weeks ago the Certificate IV in Guiding students embarked on their last trip of the semester to the Walls of Jerusalem.

With stellar views of the Overland Track that they walked a couple of weeks before, students at the Walls of Jerusalem had a great time consolidating all they had learnt throughout the year.  Each student had a day guiding with a partner, where it was necessary to work out the inclination, distance, and possible side trips for their day.

Three nights camping and four days walking in perfect weather made this trip unforgettable and a perfect end to a sensational year. Walls of Jerusalam Walls of JerusalamWalls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of JerusalamWalls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of JerusalamWalls of JerusalamWalls of Jerusalam Bowmans Hut Site Bowmans Hut Site Broomhall Hut Site Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Walls of Jerusalam Lake Ball Walters Hut