The Wilderness Walk was a great week and we saw a variety of country and quite a few waterfalls. The end of the week was spent in the Cradle Mountain area and I'm looking forward to returning to this area this January.
|Cradle Mountain viewed across Dove Lake|
In February I was caught in a deluge on the way home from Woden. Definitely different.
|The river that ran through Chifley|
|Walkers getting ready to head out on the marathon walk|
There was also quite a bit of rain. Astrid enjoyed jumping in muddy puddles but walking on wet tracks was another thing altogether.
|One of the Mt Taylor tracks. This track might be fine on a bike but not so great on foot|
June saw me complete the section of teh East Gippsland Rail Trail from Bruthen to Bairnsdale. I thoroughly enjoyed this longish walk and one day I'll do the section from Bruthen to Nowa Nowa.
|In the centre of Bruthen before heading off to Bairnsdale along the East Gippsland Rail Trail|
|Looking down towards Parliament House from Red Hill on the last section of the Canberra Centenary Trail|
Much of my walking at the end of the year was on local trails although I did manage to do the odd new one. The climb of Mt Tennent was a pleasant undertaking.
|The towers at the top of Mt Tennent|
At the start of 2014 I had set myself a number of challenges. I wanted to average 11km per day, climb 200m on average and do 20,000 step. As well as that I had put in some climb aims. Each week I need to climb a peak, at least something that had a trig point. Within any given month a climb could only count once so no matter how many times I climbed Mt Taylor in the month it could only be counted once.
How did I go?
There were times when I thought that I had set myself an impossible task but I did it. Here are the statistics:
Distance walked: 4,097km at an average of 11.22km per day
Metres climbed: 75,439m at an average of 207m per day
Steps: 8,316,074 at an average of 22,784 per day
Some months were light on in one area or another but overall I did achieve all the challenges I had set.
What are my challenges for 2015? Not sure yet ... will think about it as I walk through some spectacular scenery in Tasmania over the coming week.