The Walls of Jerusalem are located in a remote area of the Tasmanian highlands and are part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The area is a spectacular labyrinth of alpine lakes and tarns, dramatic dolerite peaks, ancient but fragile forests of Pencil Pines and unique alpine vegetation. There is no road access into the park and entry is only possible by walking. All tracks into the area are steep and rough and are subject to extreme weather conditions that can include heavy rain, hail, snow, freezing temperatures and blazing sun. Low cloud can reduce visibility to a few metres and snow can cover the track making it difficult to follow. There are limited track markers so navigational skills are essential during poor conditions. These conditions can occur in any month of the year and the weather can change dramatically within a few short hours. Source: Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania
The names of the park’s natural features say it all: Herods Gate, Lake Salome, Solomons Jewels, Damascus Gate, the Pool of Bathesda…Beside them, Dixons Kingdom – the name of a ramshackle hut built by a grazier and his son in the 1950s – seems both a quaint anomaly and a homage. The most impressive feature is the huge chamber created by the West Wall, Mount Ophel, Zion Hill and the Temple. Dixon’s Kingdom, just beyond, is near a pencil pine forest dotted with glades that are popular with campers. If you walk from here to the summit of Mt Jerusalem you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of a section of Tasmania’s Central Plateau called the Land of Three Thousand Lakes, a collage of glittering lakes and tarns. Source: Discover Tasmania
Walls of Jerusalem Trunk
Walls of Jerusalem Trees
Walls of Jerusalem Ice
Mt Ossa and Mt Pelion East from Solomons Jewels – Walls of Jerusalem
Solomons Jewels – Walls of Jerusalem
Herods Gate – Walls of Jerusalem
Cushion Plants – Walls of Jerusalem
Walls of Jerusalem Scree
Damascus Gate – Walls of Jerusalem
West Walls of Jerusalem from the Temple
Lake Salome – Walls of Jerusalem
Solomons Throne – Walls of Jerusalem
The 3 Peaks Challenge provides cyclists with one of the world’s toughest and most picturesque cycling challenges of the Victorian Alps. The 235 km loop provides a course that is so epic it’s comparable to a Tour de France stage with 3 major climbs – Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek via Omeo. Source: Bicycle Network Victoria
When asked to summarise my 3 Peaks Challenge experience in the post-event survey I ticked the box labelled solitude. Cycling for me has always been about the rhythmic meditative experience of zoning out on a quiet country road. Over three months in the lead-up to the event I followed the suggested training schedule and dispersed weekend hill climbs around Cape Otway and the Dandenong Ranges with intervals on the Casey Fields criterium track. I didn’t want to be busting my balls conquering peaks like a conquistador to reach the finish line but instead wanted to enjoy the alpine serenity free of the brain-rattlig noise and hair-burning smell of big two-stroke engines running at full throttle. Unfortunately my brother tapped out at Omeo but it was good riding with him to that point. I thought he might at least attempt the infamous final climb but he seemed happy with the effort he put in. With a lift from friends Scott and Clare he was able to catch me roll through the finish line after surreally awakening from that nightmarish final climb to Falls Creek on the Bogong High Plains Rd.
Thanks to Bicycle Network Victoria for organising and safely executing this challenge. The relaxed vibe of the Falls Creek Village was very much harmonious with the style of event.
The recent Easter break gave me an opportunity to complete a pleasant three day trek with Der Jodlerkönig across the Victorian Alps’ Crosscut Saw. I was questioning Big Ben‘s assessment of it as ‘one of those great yuppy walks of the high country’ until I passed, walking back on Easter Saturday, those of which he speaks so endearing of. I also rated the sensation of being inside a wilderness zone i.e. being able (should I succumb to the temptation) to watch YouTube on a mobile phone to lull myself to sleep after a VB + chorizo + korean noodle Trangia combo meal…
When we were down in Hobart, Bec and I walked the icy paths from Fern Glade to see the Organ Pipes at the top of Mt. Wellington. The roads happened to be closed because of the volume of traffic wanting to get a handful a snow on such a clear Saturday.
I read that the Organ Pipes is a hotspot for rockclimbers and I wanted to get a photo that would do it justice. Unfortunately it was cast in shadow by the time I got up there. Nevertheless, it looks like a brilliant place to hang off a rope.