Revisiting Ormiston Pound


When my father attempted to complete the Ormiston Pound circuit in the Northern Territory’s West MacDonnell ranges in 2011 he was unable to do so due to the amount of water in Ormiston Gorge. When I tried in 2012 I experienced the same thing, but I was able to complete the full circuit on a revisit last year without getting my boots wet.

I did the circuit clockwise (opposite to that described in the linked post above), starting with the Ghost Gum walk which delivers fine views before dropping down into the gorge and permitting completion of the circuit. I’d recommend doing the walk this way – if there is too much water in the gorge to navigate, you’ll find this out at the start rather then the end of the walk, and then can make a decision about how far to walk the other way if you are so inclined.

See here for a full photo set of the walk.

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One of the joys of overnight bushwalks is seeing the night sky without light pollution – I always enjoy lying back on my therm-a-rest and looking up at the stars.

French photographer Thierry Cohen wondered what the sky would look like in major cities without the light pollution (and smog). He set about creating some images by combining photographs of the cities with photographs of the night sky taken at the same latitudes but in remote areas.

The results are superb.


Devils Marbles, Northern Territory


I’ve been a bit slack updating this blog, but more walks will be added soon.

I recently was able to make a short visit to the Northern Territory; my first visit in 30 years since we lived there in Warrego (45km west of Tennant Creek) for six months back in 1980.

Just off the Stuart Highway about 95km south of Tennant Creek are the ‘Devils Marbles’ (Karlu Karlu in the local aboriginal languages). These are well worth a visit – there is a self guided walk as well as plenty of walking trails allowing you to explore.

More information: National Parks information sheet (pdf)

Updates coming soon

Unfortunately, too busy to update for the moment, but this will hopefully change soon. Off to Mt Feathertop this Easter, this will be my “20th anniversary” climb of this peak – my first ascent was with the scouts (venturers) in Easter 1988. The route we followed then started at Pretty Valley Storage on the Bogong High Plains, walking down to Blairs Hut for the first night. The second day was Blair Hut/ Diamantina Spur/ Feathertop/ Razorback/ Swindlers Spur/ Dibbins Hut – anyone who knows this area will realise that second day was crazy, and certainly isn’t recommended! Last day was back to Pretty Valley. This time I’m going to follow the traditional route up Bungalow Spur.   

Photos from Easter 1988: Left – Blairs Hut (note – you can no longer drive all the way to Blairs hut – the road stops about a kilometre beforehand). Right -Dibbins Hut

Blairs Hut campground (Easter 1988) Dibbins Hut (Easter 1988)   

New year updates

I’ve updated the walk descriptions for the two walks in the Grindelwald area in Switzerland to include scanned copies of relevant maps. I’ve also substantially re-written the Mt Feathertop – Razorback walk description and added some new photos from a walk there in late December.

The new year resolution for this blog is to update on a more consistent schedule – I’m aiming for weekly updates, to be done on the weekend.