14 Jan. 21km but with 1100m of climb and decent. Everyone was up at 06:00 and most on the track by 07:30. People walk on their own but we meet up on the track when taking breaks. First stop after 2 hours was Rocks Hut and from the nearby Lookout on the ridge I was able to get 4G signal so uploaded my latest post. Might be lucky on future ridges. Stephan joined me for a section on the tops. He had stayed in another earlier hut and was moving fast. His friend Robert had injured his knee and was going back. They plan to meet up in St Arnaud.
It was a gradual decent to Hacket Hut in a valley. A 9.5 hour day but I did spend 90 minutes with phone signal. Another swim in the river to freshen up. Much colder than yesterday’s river, but after a while everything goes numb! Had wet shave to get rid of the two-day stubble so looking very fresh again. Washed my walking clothes again. May not be dry in the morning but good for a cool start. Chilli-con-carne with pasta tonight.
Mostly the same team in the hut, but adding Anise from France. Lots of grumbles about sore feet today, but mine are OK. Slid into my sleeping bag as the light went at 21:00.