Heysen Trail Day 9 - Mount Lofty Summit to Norton Summit

A wet and blustery 15km slackpack walk today between Mt Lofty and Norton Summits. A check with the Bureau of Meteorology suggests 15-20mm fell while I was walking. I’m so thankful not to be setting up camp in such weather while I’m resigned to the fact that this scenario is yet to come... Lisa dropped me off at Mt Lofty and the blustery white-out conditions were completely different there from the blue skies we experienced when Drew and I arrived yesterday. Still, there were a steady stream of walkers trudging up the Waterfall Gulley hike which has become an Adelaide icon. Lisa initially was going to hike with me but she still has an awful cold and has not regained her voice so we both thought being out in this blustery weather would be a terrible terrible idea. I’m hoping the exercise is boosting my immune system, especially since I mistakenly used Lisa’a electric toothbrush head last night! I suppose I’ll know if I’ve got the lurgie over the next few days! This section of the walk is also familiar to me as I trained over the first part and walked the second half in the Trailwalker events 20 years ago. Soon after I started walking, it began to bucket rain but I was reasonably toasty in my running tights, synthetic tee, mid-layer, buff, ball cap and rain jacket. I brought a rain skirt but I was happy enough for my lowers to get wet and the clothes did a good job of wicking water away from my body and being active kept me warm. As I exited Cleland, the trail follows a narrow curvy paved road. During Trailwalker all those years ago, we had to transit through this section at night which seemed very unsafe. Once again, in the fog and driving rain, I began to wish for one of those red bike flashers that Sparky (a keen cyclist) has brought along during Trailwalker and pinned to each of our daypacks. Well, ask and the trail provides! I hadn’t gone five metres after thinking this when I saw a red flash on the road verge and found a rechargeable compact bike flasher that had fallen off some cyclist’s bike. Trail magic! I fastened it to me pack and felt much safer. In fact, given my scary nighttime road walk in Mt Compass, I’ve decided to bring this with me in case I need it again! The trail wound down long descents through Horsenell Gulley and then a long climb up through Giles Conservation Park. Giles was an early settler here. A trained horticulturalist, he arrived from England in 1850 and founded orchards on the slopes of Norton Summit. He eventually had 50 people working for him and the trail climbs by historic ruins of worker cottages. Eventually I emerged back along the road leading to Norton Summit and encountered three backpackers heading towards me. They started in Burra two weeks ago and were section hiking all the way to Cape Jervis. We exchanged notes and they had some concerns with the lack of camping spot on the way to Victor as they did not want to walk the daily distances I did. They also told me that they found the Norton Summit Scenic Hotel, my destination for today, still closed when they walked by. We wished each other well and went our separate ways. Fortunately, when I arrived at the Scenic Hotel at 11am, they had just opened and had a roaring fire going. I called Lisa to pick me up (she was starting to worry given the weather) and had a lovely coffee and piece of pecan pie as I waited for my ride. I’m burning so much energy at the moment that I can’t keep the weight on no matter what I eat. I’ve already lost around 4kgs in the first 9 days of walking and I have 43 days to go! Now that I’ve showered, changed into dry clothes and am snuggled under a blanket in an upstairs recliner, I have that feeling I used to get as a child when we would come in from playing in the snow - tired but invigorated, chilly deep inside yet pleasantly warm. Tomorrow a well earned rest day!

Hiking/Backpacking

Adelaide Hills Council, South Australia, Australia
gstreet photo
time : May 25, 2019 7:59 AM
duration : 3h 31m 20s
distance : 15.3 km
total_ascent : 393 m
highest_point : 715 m
avg_speed : 4.5 km/h
user_id : gstreet
user_firstname : Carl
user_lastname : Greenstreet
A wet and blustery 15km slackpack walk today between Mt Lofty and Norton Summits. A check with the Bureau of Meteorology suggests 15-20mm fell while I was walking. I’m so thankful not to be setting up camp in such weather while I’m resigned to the fact that this scenario is yet to come... Lisa dropped me off at Mt Lofty and the blustery white-out conditions were completely different there from the blue skies we experienced when Drew and I arrived yesterday. Still, there were a steady stream of walkers trudging up the Waterfall Gulley hike which has become an Adelaide icon. Lisa initially was going to hike with me but she still has an awful cold and has not regained her voice so we both thought being out in this blustery weather would be a terrible terrible idea. I’m hoping the exercise is boosting my immune system, especially since I mistakenly used Lisa’a electric toothbrush head last night! I suppose I’ll know if I’ve got the lurgie over the next few days! This section of the walk is also familiar to me as I trained over the first part and walked the second half in the Trailwalker events 20 years ago. Soon after I started walking, it began to bucket rain but I was reasonably toasty in my running tights, synthetic tee, mid-layer, buff, ball cap and rain jacket. I brought a rain skirt but I was happy enough for my lowers to get wet and the clothes did a good job of wicking water away from my body and being active kept me warm. As I exited Cleland, the trail follows a narrow curvy paved road. During Trailwalker all those years ago, we had to transit through this section at night which seemed very unsafe. Once again, in the fog and driving rain, I began to wish for one of those red bike flashers that Sparky (a keen cyclist) has brought along during Trailwalker and pinned to each of our daypacks. Well, ask and the trail provides! I hadn’t gone five metres after thinking this when I saw a red flash on the road verge and found a rechargeable compact bike flasher that had fallen off some cyclist’s bike. Trail magic! I fastened it to me pack and felt much safer. In fact, given my scary nighttime road walk in Mt Compass, I’ve decided to bring this with me in case I need it again! The trail wound down long descents through Horsenell Gulley and then a long climb up through Giles Conservation Park. Giles was an early settler here. A trained horticulturalist, he arrived from England in 1850 and founded orchards on the slopes of Norton Summit. He eventually had 50 people working for him and the trail climbs by historic ruins of worker cottages. Eventually I emerged back along the road leading to Norton Summit and encountered three backpackers heading towards me. They started in Burra two weeks ago and were section hiking all the way to Cape Jervis. We exchanged notes and they had some concerns with the lack of camping spot on the way to Victor as they did not want to walk the daily distances I did. They also told me that they found the Norton Summit Scenic Hotel, my destination for today, still closed when they walked by. We wished each other well and went our separate ways. Fortunately, when I arrived at the Scenic Hotel at 11am, they had just opened and had a roaring fire going. I called Lisa to pick me up (she was starting to worry given the weather) and had a lovely coffee and piece of pecan pie as I waited for my ride. I’m burning so much energy at the moment that I can’t keep the weight on no matter what I eat. I’ve already lost around 4kgs in the first 9 days of walking and I have 43 days to go! Now that I’ve showered, changed into dry clothes and am snuggled under a blanket in an upstairs recliner, I have that feeling I used to get as a child when we would come in from playing in the snow - tired but invigorated, chilly deep inside yet pleasantly warm. Tomorrow a well earned rest day!
Info
Name
 
About Me
Media Contents
  •  
  • -
  •  
  • -
  •  
  • -
  •  
  • -
Most Frequent Activity
1.
-
2.
-
3.
-
Widget
Copy the widget source code below and paste into your blog template.
 
( / )
  No more trips to show
 
No more trips to show
gstreet's Collections
 
Sorry, the collection could not be found.
Bookmarked Collections
 
Sorry, the collection could not be found.
 
(0)
  There is no data
Blocked Users(0)
  There is no data
Ramblr passports
  Share

  Grab the URL link to the passport.

0 like(s)
 
(0 / 0)
Badges (0)
These are the badges you have acquired. Click to see the details.
     
     
    These are the badges you have acquired. Click to see the details.
    Badges acquired
      Full Screen
     
      Google Map
      Naver Map
    Statistics
    • Total
      Trips
      -
    • Total
      Distance
      -
    • Total
      Duration
      -
    • Highest
      Point
      -
    • Total
      Ascent
      -
    • Average
      Speed
      -
    Most Frequent Activity
    Click on the stat type above to see its graph.
    ( Lifetime : )
  • First Certification Date :
  •  
    Following
      Follow
    Unfollow
  • 0
     
    There is no badge.
  • Draft
    Private
    Secret
     
    -
      Edit
      Delete
    Are you sure you want to delete this trip?
    YES, delete
    NO, cancel
    Add to Collection
     
     
    Create a Collection Edit Collection
     
    Name
     
    Description
     
    Visibility Setting
     
    Trip Sorting by
     
    Cover Picture
     
     
     
    Hide Markers
    Hide Markers Show Markers
    prev trip
    next trip
     
     
     
     
     

      Grab the link

      Grab the HTML

     
      Naver Map
      Google Map
      Open Map
      Download GPX
      Download KML
     
     
    Share
    Download Photos
    Bookmark
    • Distance 0
    • Duration (Total) 0
    • Duration (Active) 0
    • Duration (Paused) 0
    • Avg Speed 0
    • Highest Point 0
    • Total Ascent 0
    • Difficulty 0
    Description
    Tip :
    Good for :
    Tags :
     
    show all commented
    hide comments
    comment
      like(s)
    commented
    viewed
     
     top
    of
    like
    like(s)
        View at Panoramio
        View at Everytrail
    Visibility Setting
    Waypoint
    video upload button
     
    Add Photos, Videos, Notes, and Voices.
    Public : Anyone on the internet can find and access to this trip.
    Secret : Only people who have the link can access to this trip.
    Private : Only you have access to this trip.
     
    Hybrid
    -
    Hybrid
    Satellite
    Terrain
    Road
    MAPY
    OSM Topo
    USGS Topo
    Naver Hybrid
    Naver Road
     
    Date :
    Difficulty : 0
    Activity :
    Description
    Tip :
    Good for :
    Good for :
    Tags :
     
    show all commented
    hide comments
    -
    Select the correct timezone for automatic geotagging. Why do you need this?
    Ramblr offers automatic geotagging (the tagging of your photo to the trackpoint where you took it) for all photos you upload for your trip. We do this by matching the timestamp from your photo with the timestamps of your trackpoints in your track. To use this automatic geotagging feature, your camera must set to the correct local time. Also, you need to select the corresponding timezone and daylight savings option on ramblr when you upload your photos. Please note that some photo editing programs cause timestamps to change. If your photos don’t have correct timestamps for any reason, ignore the timezone setting and proceed to the next step by clicking “Confirm”. To use manual geotagging; click the thumbnail of the photo you want to tag (located in right plane of the screen), drag the photo flag in the map plane, and drop the photo flag on any trackpoint. By geotagging your photos you will be able to see where on your trip you took that great shot.
    Photos, Selected
    Add photos from :
    Would you like to save as a draft or delete this trip?
    Draft
    Delete
    Add video
    Enter a link for your YouTube video.
    Link
    Upload Note
    Submit
     
    user_photo
     
      
    just now
     
    like like
    See more
     
     
    CHECK IN :
     
     
    Download
    media comment
    comment
    like
      like(s)
    commented
    To add a comment, please sign in
     
    user_photo
     
      
    just now
     
    like like
    0
    See more
     
     
    1. Search by Region (Worldwide, Nearby, a Specific Location)
     
     
     
     
    2. Keyword Search in the Region
    You can use a single keyword, @username, multiple keywords split on spaces, or combination of @username and keyword(s) split on spaces.
    ex) Rainier : Searching for trips with a keyword (Rainier),
    @Ramblr : Searching for trips written by a user (Ramblr),
    @Ramblr Rainier : Searching trips with a keyword (Rainier) among trips written by a user (Ramblr).
    Searching that includes @username is not limited to the region specified above.
    Sort by
    Filter
    Activity
    Difficulty
    Distance
    Elevation
    Total Ascent
    Season
    Good for
      Search
      Reset
    Filter
     
    -
    -
    -, on Ramblr
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
     
    Choose map location
     
    Track Editor
     
    Waypoint
    Waypoint
    Draw using "auto-follow roads"
    Draw/Edit using tools
    •  
      Undo
      Undo
    •  
      Move a Track Point
      Move a Trackpoint
    •  
      Draw a New Track
      Draw a New Track
    •  
      Merge Tracks
      Merge Tracks
    •  
      Reverse a Track
      Reverse Track
    •  
      Split a Track
      Split a Track
    •  
      Remove a Track Point
      Remove a Trackpoint
    •  
      Remove a Track
      Remove a Track
    •  
      Help
      Help
    •  
      Set Private Zone
      Set Private Zone
    •  
      Remove Private Zone
      Remove Private Zone
    • Publish
    • Stop
    • undo_first
    Definition of Terms
     
    Trackpoint : A pair of coordinates. It has to be part of a Track.
    Trackpoints can be generated by the Track drawing tool and/or by a moving GPS (Ramblr App) as a “breadcrumb trail”.
    A Trackpoint generated by a moving GPS (Ramblr App) has a timestamp and 3-dimensional coordinates including elevation.
    However, a Trackpoint generated by the Track drawing tool doesn’t have a time stamp.

    Track : A collection of Trackpoints, listed in the order which they were written. It is usually displayed as a wavy line
    (a collection of segmented straight lines that connect two neighboring Trackpoints which were listed in order).
    A Track always has a starting Trackpoint and ending Trackpoint since it is written in order.
    There can be multiple tracks on a map.

    Direction of a Track : A track always has a direction from the starting Trackpoint to the ending Trackpoint.

    Tool Tips
    Undo :A tool to undo your last action.
    Move a Trackpoint : A tool to move an existing Trackpoint to different coordinates. Select a Track by placing your mouse cursor over it (the Track color will be changed to Pink and will show movable Trackpoints.) Then drag the Trackpoint you want to move to any coordinates on the map.
    Remove a Trackpoint : A tool to remove one Trackpoint from a Track. Select a Track by placing your cursor over it (the Track color will be changed to pink). Then click on a Trackpoint you want to remove.
    Remove a Track : A tool to remove one entire Track. Select a Track by placing your cursor over it (the Track color will be changed to pink).Then click on it to remove the selected Track.
    Draw a New Track : A tool to draw a new Track (or Tracks). Click on the map to place each Trackpoint. To finish drawing the new Track- click the tool icon again after placing the ending Trackpoint. To draw multiple Tracks; do the same process again for each Track you want to draw. This tool also provides a way to extend a previously existing Track from its ending Trackpoint. Select a Track to extend by placing your cursor near its ending Trackpoint (shown as the “end track marker”). The Track color will change to pink. Then click on the map to place Trackpoints in order to extend your track. The first Trackpoint of your extension will be connected to the ending Trackpoint of the existing Track you’ve selected.
    Split a Track : A tool to split a Track into two separated Tracks. Select a Track by placing your cursor over it (the Track color will be changed to pink and will show all Trackpoints). Click on a Trackpoint where you want to make a split. This tool is useful especially when you want to remove part of a Track you have already taken by a moving GPS (Ramblr App). Combine this tool with “Remove a Track” to throw away part of a Track recorded unexpectedly (first split the Track, and then remove the unwanted Track).
    Merge Tracks : A tool to merge two separated tracks into one. Click the ending Trackpoint of a Track (shown as the “end track marker”). The selected Track color will be changed to red. Then click the starting Trackpoint (shown as the “start track marker”) of the Track you want to merge it with.
    Reverse Track : A tool to reverse the direction of a Track. Select a Track by placing your cursor over it (the Track color will be changed to pink). Click it to make its direction reverse.
    latitude :
    longitude :
    ID
    · Duration
    · Duration (Active)
    · Distance
    · Avg Speed
    · Total Ascent
    · Highest Point
    Cert # :
    (Altitude )
    ID
    Cert # 
     
    Cert # 
     
     
     
    Go to %s’s archive
    Cert # :
    (Altitude )
    ID