Linnane’s Hut – Cradle Valley

In January 1908, Major Ron (RE) Smith, son of James “Philosopher” Smith, searched for an old hunter’s camp on the flank of Mount Kate. He wrote that Apparently the camp had been a hut, or a combination of hut and tent. The slabs of the skin drying chimney, which were of pine, were still mostly … Read moreLinnane’s Hut – Cradle Valley

Junction Hut – The Port Davey Track

How it started For us one search leads to another.  This one started with a photo of Damper Inn on the Gordon River Track near Maydena.  Ian got his teeth into that.  We told that story in an earlier blog here. This reminded me of a photo of a sign post made of number plates … Read moreJunction Hut – The Port Davey Track

Stretcher Creek Hut Site

 Guest writer – Paula McCulloch About four years ago I was intrigued by the story Simon Cubit wrote on his blog (then later published in his book Mountain stories: echoes from the Tasmanian high country, vol.1) about a hut near Stretcher Creek in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. It interested me that even with … Read moreStretcher Creek Hut Site

Pelion Plains Sleuthing

The Pelion Plains are wonderful place to visit in good weather.  Following the Arm River Track, the old Mole Creek Track, the crown of Mount Pelion East is your first glimpse of the majestic and distinctive mountains that surround these remote plains.  At Lake Ayr you get an oblique look at Mount Oakleigh.  A few … Read morePelion Plains Sleuthing

In the footsteps of ‘Philosopher’ Smith: revisiting the hut site at the Copper Creek Mine, Lea River, Tasmania.

Ronald Smith (1881–1969) never prospected with his famous father, James ‘Philosopher’ Smith, but took to the Tasmanian highlands like they were in his DNA. During the years 1903–14 he made more than a dozen hikes into the Forth River high country. Some of the places he visited would have been lost to history if not … Read moreIn the footsteps of ‘Philosopher’ Smith: revisiting the hut site at the Copper Creek Mine, Lea River, Tasmania.

Mystery Arrangement of Stones

In Mountain Stories Blog on 4 May 2015 Simon Cubit described a mysterious pile of stones near the February Plains.  There wasn’t much to say about this anonymous heap of rocks. Simon wanted to know more.  Ian Hayes and I knew nothing of their history but Simon’s interest lodged in the back of our minds. … Read moreMystery Arrangement of Stones