Bibbulmun Day 13: Tuesday April 17, 2018
Km 354.2 + 398.4 (44.2 km)
Noggerup Campsite – Balingup
Reflections of insect eyes from the light of my torch were twinkling like diamonds. They lined the trail as I walked away from camp this morning. My goal today was to make it to Balingup 44km away with first stop at Grinwade campsite 22km away. I’m getting a little bit worried that I may run out of time to finish this hike. I’ve only allowed 35 days hiking and a day and a half to get back to Perth to catch my flight back to Sydney. I guess I’ll see how I go, a day at a time.
The Noggerup campsite is in a bit of a valley and it was humid walking out. Warm and cool air intermingled as I climbed out of the valley. The forest was alive with chirping of birds even though it was just after 5am and still dark. Noggerup was a lovely campspot.
Almost two hours after leaving camp I was on a ridge and I could see the sun breaking through the grey of the overcast sky. The forest was pleasant to walk through and with the overcast sky it was perfect hiking conditions.
The sun had finally burnt through the clouds as I was approaching Grimwade campsite. A packs of bright green parrots were squabling up in the tree as I walked past. And then promtly all flew off. They were such a brilliant green colour almost iridescent.
It was a steep climb down to Camp and a steep climb back out.
From here it’s just five snack breaks away to Balingup. It was just the sound of my feet crunching through gravel, wind whistling through the trees and chirping of crickets for hours passing through fairly lush forest.
I was glad for the breeze and the cloud cover returing. Otherwise it would have been a very hot afternoon. It made for very pleasant hiking conditions.
Just after midday I met a northbound hiker Geoff. He’s been hiking for 29 days so far and was looking forward to reaching Collie. Nice to meet another hiker.
I broke up the long afternoon of hiking by stopping for a short break every hour. It made it so much easier to think of hiking just one hour at a time. The landscape was quite pleasant to hike through.
The last 6km into town was a little frustrating as it winds around in a confusing way. The trail passes through remnants of a pine forest which had the wonderful pine scent realsed by the warmth of the sun. The ground was soft to walk on and I was reminded of Hammer and I hiking to Mt Laguna on the PCT. It was my first experience of the natural pine aroma.
I finally made it into Balingup just before 5. It has been a long and tiring day. I was a bit worried about setting up my tent in the town park as there was no one else around. So it was relief when a family pulled up in a combi van and camped right nearby.
As I’m finishing this post it’s dark outside and it has started raining. Lucky I decide to put the rainfly on the tent before turning in.
Hey Stef, really enjoying following your adventures. It’s motivating me to explore various trails in NSW. I walked the Grand Canyon in Blackheath yesterday with my eldest brother Paul. I also commentated the Australian Running Festival in Canberra last weekend. Vlad Shatrov finished just ahead of Brendan Davies in a the 50km Ultra. I’m enjoying the school holidays. Brig probably home the end of next week. Safe travels xx
So great to hear Matt. The Mt Solitary Loop from Queen Vic hospital site is a great one day outing in the mountains. I’ve not looked up Canberra results – sounds like Vlad is on fire. Great that you got the commentary job. Hope to see you both soon.
Glad to be “hiking along” with you again, Corky!
So good to have you join me again Leslie.
If you need any help with logistics in getting back, checking internet timetables or whatever let me know and I can try my best to help.
Thank you Anna, that’s very kind of you. I’ll see how I go as I get closer.
No problems. Happy to help if I can! I wish you luck for the weekend too…. News reports say we will get a month worth of rain in two days! First winter pattern for the year. Hope you stay dry. X
Yikes, I expected some rain but a months worth in two days. Better get used to packing up a wet tent.
Starting Friday night they reckon. When my daughter whinges about being stuck inside all weekend I’ll remind her there are people hiking in it!
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Glad to be of service 😊.
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Hello Corky, good to see you walk well, near 400 km in 13 days or so, nice job 🙂
I love your 1st photo in the morning.
All the best from France!
Thank you Delta. It is a very easy hiking trail Delta. The only difficulty is the hard ground. It’s like walking on concrete with pebbles on top.
Beautiful writing and pics as usual Corky. Just arrived in Mt Laguna last night and you are exactly right, the sun was shining brightly and the warm caused the pine scent to fill the air. Thoroughly enjoying the PCT experience. Taking a zero here unfortuneatly. My new Altra shoes arrived from REI yesterday, my solomons were too tight in the toe box and I am paying the price. Safe travels
I look forward to catching up on your blog when I finish. Hope your feet are not too trashed by the shoes and the Altras do the trick. They were certainly popular on trail.
Take care as you walk into the Karri forest if there is a storm front coming thtough. Karri trees are quite shallow rooted and are “self pruning”. If it’s a serious storm I’d think about staying put for a bit while it blows through.
Thank you Brian,
That was the advice I got from another hiker I met. Although he didn’t explain it. I heard a few cracks today as I approached Pemberton. That was caused by eind high in the canopy.