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fishing boat as seen from a top of the cliffs
It is new years day, and i have decided to go on a road trip with 3 people from the hostel. we rented a nissan vera, it is a 4 door hatch, and it was expensive for what we go considering we are in peak season, but tim needed to fly out of hobart on the 6th of jan. i had nothing else to do other then hang around the hostel so i decided to join them, it is one of the dumbest things i have done.

i randomly decided to go on a 5 day road trip without a sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, tent or anything resembling a contingency plan. out of the five days i got 24 hours worth of sleep with on day accounting for 8 hours of that total, so to say the least it was quite a test of my stamina. the first two days were completely miserable, we headed to western tasmania to climb Frenchman's cap and do a couple hikes.
view from the cliffs
more rain was scheduled for the rest of the week so we decided to go east as they get 1/20th the rain they do in the west.

we decided on tasman peninsula and did the fortescue bay to cape pillar walk which is supposed to be 2 to 3 days return, but we did it in a day and a half. the first day we did 11-13 hours of fast rough hiking. there are no words to describe what it feels like to be on the side of a cliff with no safety nets or warning signs (i guess they assume if you can climb you way there you should not be stupid enough to fall in) 1500 feet above pounding surf and just shear cliff face. unfortunately my fear of hieghts and vertigo limited my enjoyment of the moment, though i forced myself to the cliff face everytime, though i was on my belly incase vertigo kicked in and fell off.

we got back to camp feeling proud and full of ourselves when a car pulled up and 3 girls came out looking completely exhausted. it turns out they just hiked a 4 hour hike in 2 hours, repelled down the side of one of the cliffs we were on then climbed back up it! just totally amazing. so needless to say they burst our bubble pretty quickly. as i learned before it is better to challenge and do it for yourself because there will always be someone better sooner or later.
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fishing boat as seen from a top of…
fishing boat as seen from a top o…
view from the cliffs
view from the cliffs
claudia near the cliffs
claudia near the cliffs
freya on an outcropping
freya on an outcropping
tasman island
tasman island
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me holding on for dear life over …
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the cove entrance as seen from th…
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top of the mountain we climbed lo…
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this is what we were walking alon…
view from The Blade of tasman is…
view from "The Blade" of tasman i…
the car we rented
the car we rented
a look out on the way west
a look out on the way west
tim, freya, and me
tim, freya, and me
a beautiful lake near frenchmans …
a beautiful lake near frenchman's…
first night camping
first night camping
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we did a 6 hour walk the next day…
we climbed down for the pic, it wa…
we climbed down for the pic, it w…
the place that bakes the bricks
the place that bakes the bricks
claudia in the building
claudia in the building
a water boiler
a water boiler
man the thing was big. and dirty f…
man the thing was big. and dirty …
a wood burning boiler
a wood burning boiler
the remains of the railway jetty
the remains of the railway jetty
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2nd day, the bad weather is commi…
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amazing, we stopped on the side o…
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2nd night camp spot, we randomly …
view of the lake
view of the lake
man this was a cold night to be co…
man this was a cold night to be c…
tim rushing to get his tent set up
tim rushing to get his tent set up
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still cooking, we had to cook eac…
a waterfall that is marked on the …
a waterfall that is marked on the…
back in the east with good weather!
back in the east with good weather!
view is towards tasman pen
view is towards tasman pen
3rd day camping area
3rd day camping area
beach that is maybe 15 yards from …
beach that is maybe 15 yards from…
giant dead jelly, i believe she ki…
giant dead jelly, i believe she k…
freya wouldnt let herself be shown…
freya wouldnt let herself be show…
giant snail
giant snail
warm beer... so gross but desperat…
warm beer... so gross but despera…
the girls figure out how to get us…
the girls figure out how to get u…
so i join in
so i join in
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i think we ate the whole bag of b…
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early morning starting our 3 day …
top of a hill, ooking out into the…
top of a hill, ooking out into th…
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top of the mountain, tim looking …
we are headed to the point you see…
we are headed to the point you se…
where we came from
where we came from
directions once we got to the top …
directions once we got to the top…
we dropped our bags for the last l…
we dropped our bags for the last …
we are almost there
we are almost there
we trying to get over my fear of h…
we trying to get over my fear of …
it was a long process lol
it was a long process lol
damn her
damn her
hope she falls off
hope she falls off
almost there, that is tasman islan…
almost there, that is tasman isla…
the climb up the Blade
the climb up the "Blade"