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Sitting at a nice camp at Lake Rosebery, with no luck fishing, and with the weather not too promising, we decided not to wait for one of the 30 sunny days per year and head off up Mt Murchison instead.  Starting with no rain but with low clouds, we headed off on this 5-hour walk with not much expectation of great views.  But it was still awesome to be out there.


The track pretty much heads straight up from the carpark and winds through the forest, that eventually gives way to low scrub.  Although not technical, the wet tree roots make for some interesting sliding around, but so far we had no spills.


About 3/4 of the way up we are rewarded with some great views of a tarn (small lake) nestled between the mountains.  Not sure whether it has a name, but we named it "Tooth Lake" in line with its shape.


As we are heading further up the clouds are lifting, giving us hope for some views from the top.


There are a couple of scrambling sections along the way, but nothing too difficult (yet!!!).  Kerrie left her hiking poles behind as her hands come in handier to clamber up the tricky sections.


Unfortunately, the clouds are starting to close in again giving the landscape an almost eerie appearance.


The mountain decided to throw us a bit of a curly one with about 400 meters to go.  You have to walk across a narrow ledge (only for about 20 meters) with a sheer drop off on one side and the mountain wall on the other.

Kerrie decided not to risk it, but I couldn't leave a peak behind. After crossing the dodgy bit it was quite easy going to the summit, but unfortunately, I couldn't take any photos as I left the camera with Kerrie (pretty much everything shrouded in fog anyway).  As it turned out that's the only thing I left with her.  The daypack I carried contained both our phones, PLB (Personal Location Device), jumpers, raincoats, and food.  When I got back to Kerrie I obviously was not in the good books, especially as she now was freezing.  But hey, if I would have fallen off the mountain I would have been warm and also could have ordered pizza using one of the two phones.


On the way down the weather deteriorated a bit more with us having to pull out our raincoats for a little while.



The scrambles on the way down were even more fun than before, with the rocks being quite wet and slippery now.


After catching some more breathtaking views we headed back into the forest where our complacency was rewarded with both of us slipping on tree roots and ending up on our backsides.


It took us the promised 5 hours, including breaks for morning tea, lunch, photos and general looking out in amazement.

This hike was one of the best day hikes we have done in Tassie so far and we would highly recommend it.  Especially on a clear day.


Time
    4 to 6 hours depending on fitness level
Best Time to do
    Obviously on clear days for the views, but also tree roots and rocks could be slippery in the wet.
Difficulty
    Medium to hard. A bit of easy rock scrambling on the way up but the top bit across the drop off can be a bit daunting. 







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