Everyone should "End to End" The Bibbulmun Track once in their life. This is a record of our attempt.

Location: Australia

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Safely home

We are safely back on “Paradise”, and our feet are almost back to normal.
It was a terrific 61 days on the track, and the reception we received at the Kalamunda Pub is something we will remember forever. It was great to see Colin there as well. We shared three huts with him south of Dwellingup.
From Dwellingup we walked 10 days straight, but we were beginning to get the hang of it by then! The huts are closer together so we were able to ‘double hut’ several times.
We have met some wonderful people over the duration of the walk. It is surprising how many people are out there doing ‘End to End”. I thought we were going to be doing something pretty unique, but we are just a couple of the sheep. That said we have still sent off the form to get our certificates!
Mt Wells, Mt Cook, Mt Vincent, Mt Cuthbert, Mt Dale…..the names give you a bit of a clue as to the terrain of the last section. Many walkers double hut through Mt Wells, because reputedly pig shooters often stay in the hut, and the combination of bourbon & guns is not an attractive one. We shared that night with Ralph who was doing his first bushwalk, and was suffering from gout from over-indulging it the North Bannister Roadhouse, and Dave (E2E, N2S)…that’s end to end ,north to south in Bib slang!, and his girlfriend Marie who was going only as far as Donnelly River. Not a gun in sight. Bloody hell Dave, I thought I could snore!!!
The track is supposed to be 960km, but we are told that is measured on the map and doesn’t take into account the ups & downs. It is probably more like 1000km. No wonder our feet are a bit tender!
We did the walk in 61 days, and we are pretty pleased with ourselves, but when we were at the Helena Hut, almost 30k out from Kalamunda we met a young man who is trying to break the record of 17days. He was trying to get to the Hut at Mt Dale ton the first day which would be about 60k. He should be down on the south coast by now. Good luck.

But now it is back to reality, and lots of fresh vegetables & fruit and non dehydrated food….and planing perhaps The Pilgrims Way walk…who knows. Check it out

Thanks to all those who followed our progress…it’s been fun.


Blogger Geoff said...

Awesome job well done, makes me start thinking about it once again :-)


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