Friday, 5 May 2017

MAY 2017 : NORTHERN TERRITORY : Larapinta Trail : Day 9 : Serpentine Gorge and Lookout and Simpson's Gap

 

Visit to Serpentine Gorge and Lookout and Simpson's Gap



Serpentine Gorge - sacred tribal area - swimming prohibited

 

Steep climb to the lookout

 

Dare-devil Ella, defying gravity.

 

 

Simpson's Gap - another sacred tribal area and swimming prohibited

 

 

Elusive Rock wallabies

 

Our final lunch and a return journey to Alice Springs 


 

A wonderful trek!

M

MAY 2017 : NORTHERN TERRITORY : Larapinta Trail : Day 8 : Mt Sonder : 16 km - 8 hours

 


Mount Sounder - the final section of the Larapinta Trail.
The mountain's tribal name was Rwetypme as the rock looks like a prostrate pregnant woman.
Legend has it that she was a young woman who ran away with a man from another tribe.
In punishment, she was turned to stone.
Our mission to climb to her belly button.

 

Up at 2.30am and arrived at the base at 3.

 

 

A windy, cold morning as we made the challenging 4 hour climb.


 

We arrived at the top at 7 in time for sunrise.

 

 

 

We shared the view - and the cold - with students from Hermannsburg.

 

Hot tea and coffee and fruit cake provided by our thoughtful guides, Ella and Jo.

 

Then the 4 hour steep descent 

 

Red-bud Mallee

 

 

We were all delighted with our achievement today

 

Brunch ready for us on our return to camp

 

Rest at camp for the afternoon. A colourful dragonfly joined me on my tent.

 

Afternoon swim and drink at Glen Helen Gorge

 

 

M

MAY 2017 : NORTHERN TERRITORY : Larapinta Trail : Day 7 : Ormiston Gorge and Finke River

 

Today we walked Section 10

 

Leaving Ormiston Gorge

 

Enjoying the pace

 

Views of Mount Sonder

 

This water hole has moved down stream from last year.


 

After several kilometres walking through sand on the river bed we
came across a huge rock in the middle of the river.
Unresistable to some!

 


Halfway for others

 

Lunch at Finke River water hole and a refreshing swim

 

Some bird life along the shore

 

Leaving the river to walk across country

 

Walking towards the Chalet Range



Mistletoe flower

 

Walking through the hole in the wall

 

View over Finke River waterhole

 

We ended up at the Glen Helen Resort

 

River gums along the Gorge

 

Glen Helen Gorge

 

A drink at the pub

 

M

MAY 2017 : NORTHERN TERRITORY : Larapinta Trail : Day 6 : Ormiston Pond Loop Walk : 8 kms - 6 hours


 

 

Today we diverted from the Larapinta Trail and walked the Ormiston Pound Day Walk - highly recommended.

 

 

Starting at Ormiston Gorge carpark we made our way along a grassy track and then started to climb.

 

Very soon we were walking on the rim of the Pound.

 

Rob led us across the floor of the Pound

 

A curry wattle

 

A waterhole - still holding water from the summer rains

 

Continuing across the Pound

 

First views of Ormiston Gorge

 

Salt rings on the rocks. Larapinta means 'salty river'

 

A popular tourist spot in the heat

 

Perfect for lunch

 

A view from the lookout high above the Gorge

 

Another warming campfire and delicious meal to complete the day.

 

M