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