Mt Tennent & Bushfold Flats
Distance: 20.35 km
Time: 2 hrs 43 mins 19 secs
Rate: 8' 01" per km
Weather: sunny, temp at start 20 degrees rising to 28 degrees, humidity 83% down to 35%, wind calm to start then very strong on top of mtn at 40 kmph, easing to 30 kmph on Bushfold
Altitude gain: 980 metres
Calories used: 1780
High point on Mt Tennent: 1385 metres ASL
Week & Nov: 40.65 km, Year: 3744.55 km
Three of us made the trip down to Namadgi Visitor's Centre to start our short version of the Mt Tennent / Bushfold Flats circuit. Nice morning although the temp was Rising Fast ( Melb Cup winner) and the humidity was high ( we are not Rain Lovers) with no breeze to assist.
The track is the start of the Australian Alpine Walking Track that finishes 600 plus kms later in Victoria. Rocky with many steps and lots of twists and turns and hard work. We turned right at a T junction to go down on to Bushfold Flats where some shade finally cooled us down a bit until the sunny exposure of Bushfold. A bit of breeze helped get us to the Mt Tennent Fire Trail that starts on Apollo Road.
More up hill as we trudged to the top of Mt Tennent, helped a little by shade and a breeze. On top is was hold on to your hat as the wind was very strong. A drink from the water tank and a rest, it was getting hot. A man with a mountain bike was standing near the fire lookout tower, he had pushed the bike nearly all the way up the mountain. It was going to be scary on the down.
We eased back in to the running with just over 7 kms to go to find the front main walking track alive with walkers. A couple of girls having a good time but looking for a stream to cool down, then a man walking alone, then Kerrie Muir with back pack trying to regain some fitness having ran SFT a few years ago, but then getting injured. A bit later a man with a small baby on his back, plus some more of the family were trying to make their way upwards and onwards. It was going to be very tough for them in the conditions.
No snakes about, that was a surprise, a few kangaroos on Bushfold, plus a couple of small lizards, a couple of birds, not much wild life at all.
Good day, tough as usual on Mt Tennent, backed up well from last Saturday. Three easy days until Three Peaks on Saturday, should be another great day, except for the early start.