Mt Saddleback

March 23, 2019
Day Walks
Walk Date:
March 23, 2019
Walk Distance (km):
3
Total Ascent (metres):
310
Walk Time:
1hr 37min

 Mt Saddleback

To my great satisfaction, 2019 was shaping up to be a year of Abelling. With winter fast approaching I was keen to get a few more out of the way before the cold came and daylight savings ended. So, Woolza and I found a Thursday evening available and headed out to Mt Saddleback. Woolza was coming from the east coast and me from Launceston, so we arranged a rendezvous at the trailhead. The weather had been nice in Launceston, however after turning off at Targa, I entered drizzly rain. This would remain the rest of the evening. I departed Launceston a bit before 5pm and headed out through Targa and the logging roads, arriving at the trailhead at 6.15pm.

 

Woolza was waiting and ready to go. We got rain jackets and small daypacks on and headed off up the peak. Initially, we went through some forest before crossing some short rocky sections at which point we started the climb proper, heading pretty much straight up through some loose gravelly rock. To our surprise we reached the top of the climb within half an hour and then crossed the top of the peak to the summit arriving 45 minutes after leaving the car. The drizzle continued, but we did manage to get some views of Mt Victoria poking its head above the cloud. The summit cairn on Mt Saddleback is impressive and a lot of work has been put into it. It was good to finally see this in the flesh.

 

After 10 minutes on top, we retraced our steps and headed back down as the sun set. We made a quick descent and about 5 minutes from the end, we had to put the head torches on for the final section. It took about 35 minutes to get down. We were surprised with the short time the walk had taken but weren't complaining. We jumped straight into the cars and made our way south to camp the night at Griffin Park near Mathinna. The next morning we woke early with Woolza heading back to Launceston and me heading out to do two more early morning Abels - The West and East Tower! Read about them here.

 

STATS (using Suunto Spartan Ultra)

Time: 1hr 37min

Distance: 3.28km

Ascent: 310m

 

 

 

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Peaks Climbed

Saddleback



A few photos from the Walk

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Mowser

My name’s Matthew but like all of my friends you can call me Mowser. I grew up in Tassie and love everything about the place. The hiking in Tasmania is incredible.  I’ve been wandering around the mountains of the island state for over 20 years. In 2018 I made a resolution to write about it as well as publish all of the photos I have taken over the years . It’s taken a while and I now make every effort to write about every trip I go on. I travel and hike regularly – be it day walks or for a week or more. I also write about my various travels in and outside of Australia with my wife and four kids. I hope you enjoy….

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