Federation Peak is an iconic walk in the south-west wilderness area of Tasmania. This shot is taken of me on the final part of the summit climb. Not surprisingly an assent of the peak is held somewhat in awe by many in the bushwalking fraternity. Conditions need to be perfect and I have met a few people who have done the week long walk a number of times and still not summited due to foul weather in this most inclement part of Tassie. It has also seen its fair share of tragedies the sadest being of a couple who did the walk on their honeymoon with the wife declining to do the last part while the husband proceeded in deteriorating weather. She never saw him again and rescuers couldn’t even find his body so precipitous is the terrain.
On the day we summited it was blue skies without a breath of wind. Ironically a father and son team who had completed the ardous approach with a giant kit to fly off the summit ended up packing it up in disgust when the perfect conditions negated their plans. Obviously from the summit you can see for hundreds of square miles and amazingly not a single man made artifact is visible. An unforgettable place.
P.S. This shot is well below what I would consider acceptable in quality these days (taken in 1996) and is included for interest sake only. Believe it or not but I’m standing only 2 meters away from the ‘walking’ track here.
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