Western arthur traverse day 3
sweeping views of the ranges had me in awe as i covered some epic terrain from lake cygnus to lake oberon. the distance was short but nonetheless technical & demanding. with an ascent of 774m and a descent of 805m over a 6.87km day, the ridge route passed many stunning alpine lakes, including lake nereid, lake ceres, & square lake.
the challenges for the day included knee-knacking descents, free-climbing wet quartzite, retrieving my pack through boulder crevices, and root hopping & sliding.
i did well for time and took a side trip to summit mount hayes just before lake oberon. i likely summited the wrong mtn at first because i saw a cairn on the mountain adjacent to me, so i decided to bag whatever the peak facing me was, as well. both peaks were quick & easy scrambles.
there are two more optional summits: mt orion and mt sirius - both of which i didn’t end up sighting the track for as the conditions turned a bit sour. most side trips will hardly have a turn off or a track to follow - it will be up to you to navigate.
upon reaching lake oberon, i did not have the opportunity to take the quintessential peter dombrovskis shot of the beautiful pandani in the foreground of the lake due to thick fog, but in saying that, i’ll certainly be back for it 📸
one of the challenges of this trip was to maintain heat in a +11 sleeping bag, at the end of each day. the evening temps dropped somewhere close to 4c. i used my emergency blanket 3/5 nights and heated up hot water bottles to hug overnight. bless my new trail friends that boiled me some hot water on night 5 because i was too worried i’d run out of gas for my last dinner 🙏 ( @jrmynrth
there’s always compromises, trade offs & sacrifices to be made when going lightweight. lessons were learned and i’ve come a long way. i have done my due diligence in experiencing discomfort.
being resourceful & learning to navigate through discomfort helps me approach situations with better resilience & stoicism in day to day life. nature has toughened me up & softened me. my strength comes from my deeper sensitivity & vulnerability - & i now know that these qualities are not a weakness.