2 day ‘6 foot track’ trek

Now this was a real challenge! I was invited to do a 44km overland trek from Katoomba in the Blue Mountains to Jenolan caves carrying all equipment, 14kg each with 6 Frenchies 🙂

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Ben was the organiser and he packed food for us all, as light as possible for two days of hard trekking.

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Ready to go 5 Frenchies  and 1 english man.

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All looking confident at the entry gate, we didn’t know how difficult it would be.

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First it was a very steep downloads path.

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It soon got to flat sections but it was very varied in the terrain.

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Grassy rolling hills lead to a…

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Winery that we were not expecting, so of course being lots of Frenchies we decided to make a 1 hour stop for wine tasting and a cheese platter. Of course we bought a bottle of white and bottle of red wine to take with us, we didn’t care it was more kilos to carry.

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Some Aussie Bush wildlife and echidna .

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Here we come to the famous Six Foot Track swing Bridge you have to cross to get across a river.

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The bridge Rocked around a lot when you crossed and swayed  as you walked, the view was excellent on the bridge though.

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It was really hot around 30 degrees and carrying so much weight we really needed to cool down, so we had to strip down and jump in the water and have a swim, it was a really refreshing.

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As I got back to my bag to get changed back into clothes, just 1 metre next to my bag was this snake . We weren’t sure what it was but later after the trip discovered it was a brown snake, which is the second most poisonous snake in the world.

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It was not afraid of us at all, it kept slowly slipping it’s way towards us as if it was the boss of the land.

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Hooray we reached the overnight camp site after a really hot days walk.

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The campsite was in a little valley, really cooled down nicely which was really good after such a hot day, and as you can see was very remote, quiet and peaceful.

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This is what the locals call a ‘lazy wombat’, basically a dead womat being attacked by a thousand flies, slowly being eaten. it stunk so bad!

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Dinner consisted of wine from the earlier winery, plus 3 othwr wines and French sausage, plus lots of other alcohol types including Johnnie Walker Black Label and bourbon and re-hydrated food which wasn’t that bad.

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Beginning of the day 2 trek. Day 1 was 20 km’s, day 2 would be 24 approx km’s.

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There is some beautiful green and bushy scenery that beginning of day 2. It was nice to prepare for a very long uphill most of the morning of day 2.

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Beautiful flower Meadow out in the middle of nowhere.

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Lunch stop day 2, there was a freshwater tank here which is excellent for us to fill up. Day 2 was just as hot as day one, 30 degrees, very hard to carry a 15 kg backpack.

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The final downward track to the end, only 1 kilometre to go at this point.

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So close now we could almost taste the beer.

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We made it! 44 km’s over 2 days of very rough ground carrying a lot of weight, we should all be proud of ourselves!

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A really well deserved beer at the end tasted like Liquid Gold.

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Thank you to Ben for organising the trek, it was very well organised with all the supplies, thank you to everyone I shared this experience with.

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