Fagus Week 2014 Helpful info

I do not want to scare anyone but I thought with Fagus week almost upon us I would provide a little bit of advice for people who have not been to Cradle Mountain National Park before, with regards to some necessary items.

So, the start.
The weather can be very changeable. Changeable due to time of day, localised weather (very localised), elevation, and basically just because it can be.

If it is a brisk south westerly it can be 10-15 degrees colder up on the plateau once you take the wind chill into account, it can be glorious weather all day, apart from the times the clouds drop down around you, it can be horrible weather but you can be stinking hot because of your protective clothing. You may encounter sunny days or two feet of snow.

You should bring with you, thermal full body underclothing, fully windproof, fully waterproof outer gear (preferably goretex or similar), multilayers of polarfleece or down bushwalking clothing is good, stout waterproof walking boots, warm gloves that you can still use a camera with, a warm beanie or balaclava, bushwalking socks.

Other recommended items – gaiters are a good idea, as are Optech Rainsleeves if you have a DSLR. http://optechusa.com/rainsleeve.html Available from Amazon or from Michaels in Australia. A daypack is a good idea.

There is no chemist here, any strong painkillers will have to be brought with you, or there is a good range of top shelf at the Lodge.
The Discovery Park does have a small general store stocked with mainly food and everyday items.
Some clothing items can be bought here at the visitor centre, they have a limited range of gaiters, down and polarfleece clothing and fluffy wildlife native toys

People die here, from exposure to the elements. A foreign tourist died from hypothermia about 2 months ago, on one of the less strenuous, less exposed walking trails, in the depths of summer.We see people setting off in thongs, shorts and T-shirts for a 5 hour walk all the time.

But rest assured, you will be with people experienced in the area. Some experienced from a few fagus seasons, and others from coming here for 20 years on and off and camping out in it, and others still who live here and get to know its moods by seeing it every day, all year. You will be in good company. We haven’t died yet so we must be doing something right.

If you are prepared properly, you can handle much that it can throw at you.
A couple of years ago Murph and I spent 7 hours in a winter blizzard in -7 to -2 degrees photographing in 2-3 feet of snow with it still constantly falling, and it was wonderful. We were properly dressed and had a ball.

2 years ago a group of us fagus bubblers walked 6 hours in 2 inches of rain and hardly took a shot, and loved it – because we had the correct clothing.
The weather was relatively unkind to us last year and to a lesser extent the year before.
This year we are due for some wonderful stuff.

I enclose a link to show you part of why we keep coming back here.
A small film by Tasmanian photographer Joe Shemesh called Fire & Ice .
It shows this place better than any moving footage I have ever seen, and most of it is filmed from tracks you will walk on, you will recognise trees in this footage, rocks, views, if not now, then after fagus week. Enjoy.

If any of you intending arrivals have any questions in addition to the information I have provided, please ask, either here, or by bubble mail if you prefer.
regards
Garth

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