Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Cradle Mountain

When we arrived in Launceston, Tasmania’s second largest “city”, we thought we head straight to a trailhead and climb a mountain. A few hours of Tassie’s notoriously winding roads later we realized that was a bit too ambitious. The mood was somber as we pulled into a campsite for the night, none of us too happy that our schedule was already compressing just hours after landing.

It turned out that our patience was a blessing. Over the course of the evening we learned a few valuable lesson. 1) Cheap Tasmanian wine, especially in large quantities, goes fabulously with ramen noodles and freeze dried food. 2) The term “wildlife” more accurately describes the homosapiens found here than the animals. I suppose you just have to be there to understand what we mean.

Despite losing a few hours we climbed Cradle Mountain the next day. The ascent was a bit hurried, as we were a bit worried we wouldn’t catch the last shuttle back out of the park. None the less it was a beautiful climb and a fitting introduction to Tasmanian “bush walking”.

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Scott Dusek is a writer and photography from Seattle, Washingon. He has spent over five years on the road traveling to over 60 countries. When Scott is not writing you can find him trekking, climbing, and scuba diving in far flung corners of the world.