Mt Tennent & Bushfold Flats
Distance: 25.75 km
Time: 3 hrs 23 mins 39 secs
Rate: 7' 54" per km
Altitude gain & loss: 1250 metres
Calories used: 2210
Weather: cloudy, temp 21-24 degrees, humidity 83% - 56%, wind calm to very light
Week: 111.6 km, Jan & Year: 39.9 km
Distance is not important when you run & walk up and down mountains. What would be easy on the flat is tough on a rocky technical track that is so steep in parts the GPS beeps on auto pause because you are not moving. Well, the legs are moving upwards but the rest of you stays in the same place.
We started from the Namadgi Visitor's Centre at the beginning of the Australian Alpine Walking Track that finishes about 650 kms away in Victoria. We did about the first 12 of those kms under a cloudy, very humid sky. Luckily it wasn't cold.
Ran well up the mountain and down on to Bushfold Flats. The group of us totalled 5 with Carol starting a little earlier and meeting us up there some where sitting on a rock. Surprise packet, pocket rocket was Elle going up the front trail for the first time, probably slowed down by the two Michael's around her. She did very well today.
A few fallen trees on the track to Bushfold due to wind. We later met a ranger and told him about the trees, he will no doubt tell his boss and hope some one else gets the job to cut them up and move them out of the way.
The run down to Apollo Road gate requires care on the loose gravel but the run up is as difficult as it gets. Walked too much but then it is only a training run and I had already done 15 kms and almost been to the top of the mountain. Light drizzle from low clouds bought the humidity down as the going was slow as we passed up through the 1000 metres ASL heading to almost 1400 metres on the top.
Even on a cloudy day the bush walkers are out, a couple near the top, another two couples going up as well as we carefully rock hopped our way down. Then we met Peter, an old fella with arthritic knees, two walking poles on his way to a bridge and a seat near Cypress Pines Lookout. He does this walk regularly, we have seen him plenty of times before, he does very well to be out and about. He told me I am using up all my reserves, I will need them when I get to his age. I hope I make his age!
Another brilliant day on the mountain, certainly not easy, but gee it's fun. These days are about time not distance, difficulty factor makes up for the lack of kms. Nanna nap this afternoon.