ADAMSON'S PEAK (4017')
by
Keith Lancaster 
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Note: This report has been scanned in as written. I have included the height, distance and time indications, e.g.:
(1000'- 12m.- 4.45p.m.)
which read as follows: height in feet - miles for the day - time.

By journeying south on the Friday night and staying overnight at Wilson's it was possible to arrange a two-car party trip to Adamson's Peak, leaving Sandy Bay, Hobart at 7.30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19th. 1949. The combined party comprised Dorothy Keats and Nancy and David Wilson (all of Hobart), Jack, Norm. and Trevor Daniel, Harry Clark and Dorothy and Keith Lancaster (all of Launceston).

The Huon Road was followed to Dover (52 miles) where, at a house 300 yds. beyond the Dover Hotel and having a white weather box in the yard, permission can be secured for the use of the Forestry Hut on the plateau. Two and a half miles beyond this house, a side road to the right must be taken, just a few yards short of the bridge across the Esperance River. This side road has branches going to both sides but, except for the one branch road to the left, these do not contain telegraph pole lines. After 2 miles along the side road from Esperance bridge, the telephone line turns off to the left to cross the Esperance and a sign board indicates the track to Adamson's Peak.

The cars were parked at this point (200' - 57m. - 10.0-15 a.m.) and we departed for the peak with moderate packs at 10.33 a.m.. Beyond the bridge, which is a few yards down-hill from the road, the Adamson's track follows an old tram track for about a mile through ti-tree, banksia and button grass before entering the forest. Slightly to the left, there is an alternate route which follows the telephone line across the button grass, joining the tram line at the forest entrance, near which is a hut. There is not much to choose from between the two routes - the latter being awkward at the raised portions where fires have caused much of the wood-work to collapse, whilst the former has its cutting grass and scrubby patches.

From the forest entrance the track improved but our progress was impeded considerably by our new side-line - the collecting of tree specimens for seasoning and polishing. The up-hill grade was good and fairly even, although it steepened approaching the plateau. The Forestry Hut, perched upon an exposed lip of the plateau within close proximity to the peak, was reached by all at various intervals by 2.10 p.m. (2900' - 5m.). After dinner, we left the hut at 3.20 p.m. for the peak. Clouds were topping the peak and were in plenty to the westward. A short leisurely jaunt across a scrub-free moor, up a scantily clothed rise and a short scramble over the rocks and we were at the high 16' trig. which marks the summit of Adamson's Peak (4017' - 6m.- 4.45 p.m.).

The cold westerly forced us to shelter on the leeward side of the big cairn, whilst the persistent cloud made visibility nil. However, we had scored glimpses of most of the nearby peaks to the south, west and north upon reaching the plateau in the early afternoon, whilst our seaward view was most interesting. A male quintette proceeded along the ridge to the westward but received little additional scenic reward for their efforts. Returning to the peak (4017' - 7m.- 5.33 p.m.), they set off on return to the hut, reaching that point (2900' - 8m.- 6.30 p.m.) after a short deviation and in ample time to make provision for the night's stay in the hut.

Next morning cloud was still in plenty and a return to the peak appeared valueless. Thus we were all under way by 8.38 a.m. on our descent to the cars. With a further victim falling to the virus of the tree specimen collecting disease, plus the gathering of other flora, delayed our homeward progress, but time was no important factor and we were back at the cars for dinner (11.20 a.m.-12.36 p.m. inclusive - 200'- 5 m.). At 2.20 p.m. both cars were under way in brilliant sunshine and the homeward journey to Launceston proved uneventful.

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