The Pure Orange Expedition Journal - Camped up top

Monday, 23 March 2009

Up at 5:30 a.m., packed away tent and most of gear and took my boat for a 45 minute walk to the descent point. Quick return, and another load. The descent line has shade until 10 o’clock, so decided to set my rope up, with an hour to go.

Have run the rope down the full length of the descent. The descent line is opposite a tourist lookout point known as Ararat, so, got to keep watching ... have only seen one group of three, and that was yesterday ... but they only spent about 15 minutes there ... I think the airconditioning in the camp restaurant was calling them back.

Set up as far as I could, I returned to my base camp next to the river, snoozing, writing, and going for the odd swim to cool off.

I headed over to the descent camp at 7:00 p.m., when it was a bit cooler, with the last load. Set up my tent and am now making comms with my Mom so that you can read this.

The plan for tomorrow is to get up super early and complete the descent between 5:00 and 10:00 a.m. I am looking forward to getting in there and checking out the view from below.

Have a good one ...