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Perry’s Peak – Sat. 18th April 2015

You are invited to attend the Boots N' All walk on Sat. 18th April to Perry’s Peak at Cradle Mountain. Perry’s Peak is a prominence to the east of the Dove Lake road in Cradle Valley, accessed from the Dove Lake carpark (alt. 930m). The walk will likely take the track east of Dove Lake to the saddle above Lake Hanson before climbing very steeply to Mt Campbell (alt. 1248m) followed by lunch at the rocky outcrop with nice views. A side trip will go out to the rather anticlimactic Perry’s Peak itself (alt. 1007m) for the more energetic. The rest can stay at one of the beautiful tarns with pencil pine stands nearby. Most of the walk is off track and people need to ready for uneven ground walking on grass, some of it button grass. There are also wet areas in places. This walk is rated medium, with long driving distances and steep inclines. It will suit strong walkers who are experienced at following basic alpine tracks, steep in a few places and somewhat uneven underfoot. Boots and gaiters are strongly advised for this walk. Because of the exposed alpine conditions, walkers must be fully prepared for poor weather, even if the weather forecast is good. Please see the warnings below.


Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leader, Phil Andrew, ph.  [removed]  to book in. The departure time is 7:30am from the Door of Hope Church car park, Launceston. Suggested meeting places if coming from elsewhere could be Sheffield at Claude Rd. turnoff at 8:20 am or Moina at 8:50 am. The group should arrive at Pencil Pine by approx. 9:15 am.
If you would like to arrange to meet the group at these places or elsewhere, please arrange with the leader, and please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of the listed time.
The leader should always be notified of any other people you intend to bring along, and you should always contact the walk leader if intending to participate in a particular Boots N' All walk.


To access this area from northern Tasmania: Roads to Cradle Mt. are well signposted, and the area can be accessed from several directions. From Sheffield, go south along Claude Rd through Gowrie Park and westward down into the Forth Valley (now Cethana Rd.), continuing up the other side to Moina. Turn south into Cradle Mt. Rd. After approx. 20 km, you will reach the Cradle Mt. turnoff. Turn left (still called Cradle Mt. Rd.) and approx. 4 km south, you will arrive at the Pencil Pine area. At that point, it will be necessary to determine if vehicle access to Dove Lake is possible. Sometimes the road is closed due to too many vehicles, in which case it will be necessary to catch a shuttle bus. Otherwise, a further 7 km drive will bring us to Dove Lake carpark.

Warnings:
  The following codes [from our 2015 walks calendar] apply:
    D    Drive distance requires early departure
    M   Marshy or muddy sections – be prepared to walk with wet feet.
    S    Steep incline for at least part of the way
    E     Exposed alpine conditions ; can be dangerous in poor weather if not adequately equipped; see www.sutas.org.au/bush-walking/bush-walking for some guidelines.
  
If you are unsure of equipment requirements, Visit the Boots N' All section of the sutas.org.au website per link above and read "Clothing suggestions for exposed conditions"

Map details:
Mt. Campbell: 1:100000 map is Sophia and 1:25000 map is Cradle.
Map reference: Short ref. 143877
Zone      Easting        Northing    Latitude    Longitude
55G        4 14 455                53 87 895              -41.65610             145.97259
Perry’s Peak:
Zone      Easting        Northing    Latitude    Longitude
55G        4 13 630                53 89 380              -41.64264             145.96290

Mt. Campbell is worth 1 peakbagger point but no points for Perry’s Peak which is a “point of interest” on some of the listings of Tasmania’s high places. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be found and downloaded (as an Excel spreadsheet) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.

GPX version of the track: Click here to download. Google Earth version of the track: Click here to download.
Right-click on the file and “save target as” to a location of your choice. (Suggest you click the “Last modified” at top to sort by date to get the most recent at top to find the file for the next walk).

When you have downloaded the track file, double-clicking on the Google Earth (kml) track should open Google Earth and zoom in to the location if you have Google Earth installed on your computer. The .gpx version of the track should import into mapping software or devices that support gpx tracks and waypoints.