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Revisiting Ormiston Pound

When my father attempted to complete the Ormiston Pound circuit in the Northern Territory’s West MacDonnell ranges in 2011 he was unable to do so due to the amount of water in Ormiston Gorge. When I tried in 2012 I experienced the same thing, but I was able to complete the full circuit on a revisit last year without getting my boots wet.

I did the circuit clockwise (opposite to that described in the linked post above), starting with the Ghost Gum walk which delivers fine views before dropping down into the gorge and permitting completion of the circuit. I’d recommend doing the walk this way – if there is too much water in the gorge to navigate, you’ll find this out at the start rather then the end of the walk, and then can make a decision about how far to walk the other way if you are so inclined.

See here for a full photo set of the walk.

 

Photos

I’m migrating my photos to Flickr, and hope to eventually have photos of all my walks on there.

To have a look, go here.

Stars

One of the joys of overnight bushwalks is seeing the night sky without light pollution – I always enjoy lying back on my therm-a-rest and looking up at the stars.

French photographer Thierry Cohen wondered what the sky would look like in major cities without the light pollution (and smog). He set about creating some images by combining photographs of the cities with photographs of the night sky taken at the same latitudes but in remote areas.

The results are superb.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

 

I was fortunate enough to travel to Nepal recently where I completed the trek to Everest Base Camp (from Lukla). I’ll be posting a day-by-day report on this magnificent walk shortly.

Devils Marbles, Northern Territory

I’ve been a bit slack updating this blog, but more walks will be added soon.

I recently was able to make a short visit to the Northern Territory; my first visit in 30 years since we lived there in Warrego (45km west of Tennant Creek) for six months back in 1980.

Just off the Stuart Highway about 95km south of Tennant Creek are the ‘Devils Marbles’ (Karlu Karlu in the local aboriginal languages). These are well worth a visit – there is a self guided walk as well as plenty of walking trails allowing you to explore.

More information: National Parks information sheet (pdf)