A summary of over 2000km hiking
How to sum up over 3 months of hiking during one of W.A.’s wettest winters in decades? Wet! And cold! Perhaps a little predicable, it certainly added a degree of difficulty to the hike especially in area along the south coast like the Pingerup plains and the coastal beaches. Here’s a short video giving you an idea of what it’s like hiking the plains in winter.
Yep, it’s wet
The trip up during Autumn was lovely in comparison to the trip back down, not so much rain through there were a few good showers, this is a little selection of clips from the trip up.
But boring… Nothing like the winter walk along the south coast from Walpole to Albany. This section was filled with bypasses because of flooded rivers, flowing inlets, and extremely rough seas with gale force winds. It certainly turned this section into an adventure, please excuse the language.
Yes the Bibbulmun track has huts along the way that makes life so much easier, but I stayed in my tent quite a lot, even when the weather wasn’t so great as the tent gives you your own space, here’s some of the my tenting spots over the trip. I got fairly proficient at setting it up and taking it down.
And perhaps one of the most commented on aspects of my hike were the sandals, yes I wore sandals almost every day of the 2000km hike, mostly with socks because of the strong fashion statement you make when you rock the sandal with the sock. Though also because of the extra protection from wearing socks.
Notice that little image over on the right after taking off my sandals? This was after a day walking through dark sand in the dunes.
Oh yeah, nothing like slipping those feet and legs into your night clothes, then slipping into bed.
A standard on facebook groups is to list stats from your hike once you are finished so here are a few of my stats.
- Start to finish – 108 days.
- Kilometres walked officially – 2006.2 ?
- Kilometres walked according to Google fit – 2415. Hmmm Don’t think I walked that far in towns.
- Steps taken – 3,569,704 ? Google again.
- Base weight – was just over 10kg, not 100% sure what it would be now as some changes were made along the way.
- Days off – too many, about 11 or was it 12
- Hiking poles lost – 1/3
- Noodles packets eaten – 73
- Sandals worn out – 1.3
- Days walked in trail runners – around 10. Why did I carry them for over 2000 km?
- Neck deep crossings – 1, Torbay
- Packets of ibuprofen consumed – 2.5
- Days with wet feet – pretty much the whole of the last half of N2S leg.
- Days waking up to ice – 3
- Blisters – 1, on my hand from the walking pole
- Injuries – 0
- Days walking in rain – too many!
- Contiguous days walking in rain – about 21 perhaps more, lost count.
- Ticks removed – 3, go the tea tree oil
- Falls, slips or trips – 1, within sight of Albany finish, damn those slippery boards at West Cape Howe
- Nights spent in tent outdoors – 43
- Favorite piece of gear – ghost whisperer puffy jacket, completed 3 x E2E still looks like new.
- Least favorite bit of gear – sea to summit ether squeaky rubber mat from hell.
- Episodes of trench foot – 2. A couple of toes are still sore red, swollen and sore.
- Lifts accepted – 1, highway section of diversion between parry’s and William bay.
- Longest day – 44km
- Fastest day – averaged 5km/h over 20km
- Favourite hut – mount dale or West Cape Howe, it’s a tie.
- Least favorite hut – sand patch, only because of the weather, the icy winds blow straight through it.
- Favorite track food – pizza. lol carried it out of town a couple of times.
- Favorite photo – a toilet (see top of page).