Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Nevada Peak - 6th and 7th February 2010

Mount Anne from Nevada Peak - 6th February 2010

Mount Anne from Nevada Peak

The Anne Range is especially prominent across the Weld Valley from Nevada Peak, and the setting sun lit the mist very nicely the other day.

Campsite beside upper Snowdrift Tarn, Nevada Peak - 6th February 2010Had a great overnight visit to Nevada Peak, camping at the upper Snowdrift Tarn with absolute waterfrontage. The nearest neighbour was at the lowest Snowdrift Tarn, and they kept the noise down! Nevada Peak is one of the loveliest walks in the Huon area, and is relatively unknown, due to (i) the walk start being hidden obscurely up forestry tracks with no signs and (ii) the fact that National Parks have it listed as a wilderness "route" that shouldn't be publicised. If you want details of the walk I can provide them to people who agree not to publicise them and will only take small groups. Check the "walk description" (such as it is!) at Walk the Huon and email me from there.

Unidentified spider on pandanni, Nevada Peak Track - 6th February 2010This walk has a solid climb, part of which is quite tree-rooty and convoluted, so opportunities for photography (read, excuses to 'pause') were welcome. This little spider was wandering about on a pandanni, and this was my first grab-shot of him. I tried to carefully set up a couple more but he kept moving, so this was the best.

Snowy South in evening mist from Nevada Peak - 6th February 2010The tarn is about 20 minutes steep climb below the summit, so I was able to visit the summit twice, once on Saturday evening and then again early on Sunday morning. The descent in the evening was assisted by torchlight after I'd waited until the sun actually set behind the Anne Range. Views were marvellous and I thought I was pretty fortunate to see both sunset and sunrise from the peak. The wind, although quite gentle and easterly was quite chilly and I ended up shivering both times as I wandered about madly taking photos. The view from the summit is dominated by Mount Ann (top picture) and Mount Weld, but also includes dozens of other peaks. Snowy South (left) is close and prominent to the south along the ridge of the Snowy Range.

Dawn behind Snowy South - 7th February 2010A chilly torchlit start on Sunday was rewarded with lovely dawn and sunrise colours in the view, basically around 360 degrees. I have more pictures on Picasa. This view was south-easterly and sees Snowy South silhouetted along the ridge, and the upper Snowdrift Tarn where my tent was.

Northerly view along Snowy Range to Snowy North from Nevada Peak - 7th February 2010The view to the north along the ridge is marvellous. Here Snowy North can be seen a few kilometres north, draped in morning mist, beyond the large boulders near the summit of Nevada Peak. A walk north along the ridge might be interesting, but possibly scrubby. I understand this area provides some good cross-country skiing when there's a decent snow cover. The Mt Field mountains are visible in the top left. On this occasion I returned via Woolleys Tarn which does add a bit of extra time to the walk but provides variety.

Photos at Picasa

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