Tasman National Park
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January 1st, 2010 – by: andrewpd
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.
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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