AAWT Day 5 Hainsworth Hut to Witzes Hut

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Burn, near Witzes Hut, Photo Meg Wettenhall

We were out and about nice and early this morning, our bodies slowly adjusting to a natural body clock, spotting brumbies in the rising mist in the valleys. Another day of walking through high mountain meadows and small wooded passes. After descending to Ghost Gully horse camp (empty), we left 3 shits in the toilet (strategy) and headed off for 7kms of cross country to the Murrumbidgee River.

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SO MUCH SUN, Photo Phoebe Robertson

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Community <3, Photo Phoebe Robertson

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Miller Hut cutes, Photo Phoebe Robertson

On advice of a northbound AAWT hiker we tried to find the Miller Hut Fire Trail to skip the off track scrambling. We found Miller Hut but after an hour of searching for the trail along misleading brumby tracks we cut across a pass to rejoin the route described in the Bible (John Chapman’s AAWT track notes). We did a little dance when we found the old power lines Chapman describes, as they are the only obvious marker in untracked hills. I was getting rather worried that our map and compass skills were not up to so much bush bashing, but i was wrong as we proceeded to hit all of the randomly placed arrows across a 3km undulating valley in the middle of no where. PCT girl gang rock!

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Off track and only slightly worried, location ???, Photo Meg Wettenhall

We forded the Murrumbidgee River and had an amazing swim, lounging like sirens. We forded one more deep river before more high plains led us to the picturesque Witzes Hut. A campfire, homemade dehydrated broccoli pasta, dunny with no door but an excellent view, and bed.

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Casual baben’ in the Murrumbigee River, Photo Meg Wettenhall

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Vitamin I, self-medicating so our legs and feet will do our bidding, Photo Meg Wettenhall

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Dusk at Witzes Hut, Photo Phoebe Robertson

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