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Walls of Jerusalem


  • Walls of Jerusalem National Park (map)

Spend the October long weekend exploring Walls of Jerusalem National Park in the central highlands of Tasmania.

This trip is limited to six fit and experienced hikers who travel well together. Participants need good equipment, skills and experience to undertake a multi-night hike in remote and challenging terrain. We pass some historic huts, but there is little in the way of facilities or amenities - just the way we like it! We’ll set up our tents each evening.

The reward will include exploring this fantastic park, a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The region is an alpine wilderness, dominated by dolerite peaks, highland tarns and alpine vegetation. With half-decent weather, we’ll climb some peaks like Mount Jerusalem, Solomons Throne or The Temple and then relax with a visit to the Pool of Bethesda. With stunning surroundings and these biblical place names, you might have your own kind of religious experience?!

There will be challenges too, with the location often at the mercy of harsh weather. There are solid climbs and descents and the possibility of muddy sections and water crossings. Never discount the chance of snow! We’ll be hiking past various lakes where you might scramble over sharp, loose rocky sections and hit a few marshy bogs. Overall, you can anticipate walking a total distance of around 60 kilometers.

Here’s the trip overview:
Sat 3 Oct - Fly to Launceston, charter van to trackhead and hike in the central walls area, camping at Dixons Kingdom.
Sun 4 Oct - Summit Mt Jerusalem and then pack hike to Lake Meston
Mon 5 Oct - Day walk toward Junction Lake and return, then pack hike camping at Lake Adelaide.
Tue 6 Oct - Hike to Trappers Hut then meet van by 3pm. Fly from Launceston after 7:00pm
A detailed itinerary is available

To find out more and discuss this trip, send an email to Rick (rick@hikeout.org). This trip is limited to a total of six people. Discuss the trip in detail, including the timing of flights to link with our charter van. Ensure you have a place on the trip before booking flights.

COST:
$155.00 each participant. Includes;
• $109.50 charter van share for 2 trips between Launceston Airport and Walls of Jerusalem.
• $10.00 TAS Parks Pass share
• $11.00 Stove fuel and matches (gas canister or liquid fuel)
• $20.17 donation to Hike Out
• $4.33 Paypal fee

Not included:
• Airfares to and from Launceston
• Insurance or public liability cover
• Meals, snacks and incidental costs during travel.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
Contact Rick (rick@hikeout.org) Putting your name on a social media list does NOT indicate participation. An email to Rick is the way to signal your interest in this trip.

It is up to each person to be fully prepared, on time and ready for this trip. We travel and explore as a group of friends each accepting the personal risks involved with this type of activity. We watch out for each other and focus on everyone having a safe and enjoyable trip.

RESOURCES:
Parks & Wildlife - Tasmania
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=27104

Walls of Jerusalem - Trip Reports
1A http://gonebushmad.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/Solitary-Hut-Walls-Of-Jerusalem.html
1B http://gonebushmad.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/king-davids-peak-walls-of-jerusalem.html
http://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=5482

This event is planned for members of Hike Out, the friendly, diverse and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts where everyone is always welcome. Find out more at http://www.hikeout.org

Event image - Sunrise at Lake Ball by http://mattdownunder.com/

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