Sharing a journey through big country

Published 05 Sep 2016 
about  Monjebup Reserves  
At Mt Sonder.<br/>At Mt Sonder. At Mt Sonder.
At Mt Sonder.
Heading down from Mt Sonder.<br/>Heading down from Mt Sonder. Heading down from Mt Sonder.
Heading down from Mt Sonder.
Journey through big country.<br/>Journey through big country. Journey through big country.
Journey through big country.
Last light on quartzite rock ramparts we camped behind for a windy night on the tops.<br/>Last light on quartzite rock ramparts we camped behind for a windy night on the tops. Last light on quartzite rock ramparts we camped behind for a windy night on the tops.
Last light on quartzite rock ramparts we camped behind for a windy night on the tops.
Hot day in the valley. Heading for pass at right just before peaks at far end of the valley.<br/>Hot day in the valley. Heading for pass at right just before peaks at far end of the valley. Hot day in the valley. Heading for pass at right just before peaks at far end of the valley.
Hot day in the valley. Heading for pass at right just before peaks at far end of the valley.
Quarzite rock and Spinifex. This one 'Hillside Spinifex'.<br/>Quarzite rock and Spinifex. This one 'Hillside Spinifex'. Quarzite rock and Spinifex. This one 'Hillside Spinifex'.
Quarzite rock and Spinifex. This one 'Hillside Spinifex'.
Iconic Larapinta view west of parallel ranges from Count's Point lookout.<br/>Iconic Larapinta view west of parallel ranges from Count's Point lookout. Iconic Larapinta view west of parallel ranges from Count's Point lookout.
Iconic Larapinta view west of parallel ranges from Count's Point lookout.
Stuck right out in nature. Tiny green tent home for 2 weeks.<br/> Stuck right out in nature. Tiny green tent home for 2 weeks.
Late afternoon ritual. Bill's special garlic and chilli soup reviver.<br/>Late afternoon ritual. Bill's special garlic and chilli soup reviver. Late afternoon ritual. Bill's special garlic and chilli soup reviver.
Late afternoon ritual. Bill's special garlic and chilli soup reviver.
Wild gorge country - Hugh Gorge.<br/>Wild gorge country - Hugh Gorge. Wild gorge country - Hugh Gorge.
Wild gorge country - Hugh Gorge.
Contemplating the Razorback Ridge route ahead.<br/>Contemplating the Razorback Ridge route ahead. Contemplating the Razorback Ridge route ahead.
Contemplating the Razorback Ridge route ahead.
Rocky Cleft. The gorges a refuge for cycads and native pine Callitris from a wetter age.<br/>Rocky Cleft. The gorges a refuge for cycads and native pine Callitris from a wetter age. Rocky Cleft. The gorges a refuge for cycads and native pine Callitris from a wetter age.
Rocky Cleft. The gorges a refuge for cycads and native pine Callitris from a wetter age.
'Bull Spinifex'.<br/>'Bull Spinifex'. 'Bull Spinifex'.
'Bull Spinifex'.
Trackside gardens of Gastrolobium, Acacia, Dodonaea and Spinifex.<br/>Trailside gardens of Gastrolobium, Acacia, Dodonaea and Spinifex. Trackside gardens of Gastrolobium, Acacia, Dodonaea and Spinifex.
Trailside gardens of Gastrolobium, Acacia, Dodonaea and Spinifex.
At Standley Chasm.<br/>At Standley Chasm. At Standley Chasm.
At Standley Chasm.
Top of a stiff early morning climb out of Standley Chasm. Some beautiful stonework on the track.<br/>Top of a stiff early morning climb out of Standley Chasm. Some beautiful stonework on the track. Top of a stiff early morning climb out of Standley Chasm. Some beautiful stonework on the track.
Top of a stiff early morning climb out of Standley Chasm. Some beautiful stonework on the track.
Getting to know the flora. This Dodonaea viscosa subsp. mucronata (darker-seeded variant at left) a very close relative of NZ's akeake, Dodonaea viscosa.<br/> Getting to know the flora. This Dodonaea viscosa subsp. mucronata (darker-seeded variant at left) a very close relative of NZ's akeake, Dodonaea viscosa.
Third to last day. Bill in his element on a side-trip scramble through untracked country up Mt Lloyd. <br/>Third to last day. Bill in his element on a side-trip scramble through untracked country up Mt Lloyd. Third to last day. Bill in his element on a side-trip scramble through untracked country up Mt Lloyd.
Third to last day. Bill in his element on a side-trip scramble through untracked country up Mt Lloyd.
<br/>Arenge View late afternoon from our camp in the riverbed.
Arenge View late afternoon from our camp in the riverbed.
Last trailside cookup at Alice Springs end of the trail. Only a short walk to the cemetery if you're seriously done in! The old MacPac 'Torre' climbing pack I bought from Alpine Guides at Mt Cook in NZ 38 years ago still going strong.<br/>Last trailside cookup at Alice Springs end of the trail. Only a short walk to the cemetery if you're seriously done in! The old MacPac 'Torre' climbing pack I bought from Alpine Guides at Mt Cook in NZ 38 years ago still going strong. Last trailside cookup at Alice Springs end of the trail. Only a short walk to the cemetery if you're seriously done in! The old MacPac 'Torre' climbing pack I bought from Alpine Guides at Mt Cook in NZ 38 years ago still going strong.
Last trailside cookup at Alice Springs end of the trail. Only a short walk to the cemetery if you're seriously done in! The old MacPac 'Torre' climbing pack I bought from Alpine Guides at Mt Cook in NZ 38 years ago still going strong.

Through two weeks of leave in August I was privileged to join Bush Heritage partner and Monjebup Reserve neighbour Bill Thompson from Yarraweyah Falls end-to-ending the Larapinta Trail through West MacDonnell National Park due west of Alice Springs.

We started at the western end and the two of us climbed, scrambled, rock-hopped and route-marched our way back east to Alice over 13 days.

Huge, stunning country, and a nice first visit to central Oz. Views to die for, but also to stop for, 'cos if you don't watch your every step you'll likely roll an ankle.

Potentially very tough on the feet, which is the cause of most bail-outs. Ours fortunately held together.

Huge thanks to my hiking mate and route-march sergeant Bill for great company, and sharing remarkable country and a wonderful experience.

At Mt Sonder.<br/>At Mt Sonder. At Mt Sonder.
At Mt Sonder.
Heading down from Mt Sonder.<br/>Heading down from Mt Sonder. Heading down from Mt Sonder.
Heading down from Mt Sonder.
Journey through big country.<br/>Journey through big country. Journey through big country.
Journey through big country.
Last light on quartzite rock ramparts we camped behind for a windy night on the tops.<br/>Last light on quartzite rock ramparts we camped behind for a windy night on the tops. Last light on quartzite rock ramparts we camped behind for a windy night on the tops.
Last light on quartzite rock ramparts we camped behind for a windy night on the tops.
Hot day in the valley. Heading for pass at right just before peaks at far end of the valley.<br/>Hot day in the valley. Heading for pass at right just before peaks at far end of the valley. Hot day in the valley. Heading for pass at right just before peaks at far end of the valley.
Hot day in the valley. Heading for pass at right just before peaks at far end of the valley.
Quarzite rock and Spinifex. This one 'Hillside Spinifex'.<br/>Quarzite rock and Spinifex. This one 'Hillside Spinifex'. Quarzite rock and Spinifex. This one 'Hillside Spinifex'.
Quarzite rock and Spinifex. This one 'Hillside Spinifex'.
Iconic Larapinta view west of parallel ranges from Count's Point lookout.<br/>Iconic Larapinta view west of parallel ranges from Count's Point lookout. Iconic Larapinta view west of parallel ranges from Count's Point lookout.
Iconic Larapinta view west of parallel ranges from Count's Point lookout.
Stuck right out in nature. Tiny green tent home for 2 weeks.<br/> Stuck right out in nature. Tiny green tent home for 2 weeks.
Late afternoon ritual. Bill's special garlic and chilli soup reviver.<br/>Late afternoon ritual. Bill's special garlic and chilli soup reviver. Late afternoon ritual. Bill's special garlic and chilli soup reviver.
Late afternoon ritual. Bill's special garlic and chilli soup reviver.
Wild gorge country - Hugh Gorge.<br/>Wild gorge country - Hugh Gorge. Wild gorge country - Hugh Gorge.
Wild gorge country - Hugh Gorge.
Contemplating the Razorback Ridge route ahead.<br/>Contemplating the Razorback Ridge route ahead. Contemplating the Razorback Ridge route ahead.
Contemplating the Razorback Ridge route ahead.
Rocky Cleft. The gorges a refuge for cycads and native pine Callitris from a wetter age.<br/>Rocky Cleft. The gorges a refuge for cycads and native pine Callitris from a wetter age. Rocky Cleft. The gorges a refuge for cycads and native pine Callitris from a wetter age.
Rocky Cleft. The gorges a refuge for cycads and native pine Callitris from a wetter age.
'Bull Spinifex'.<br/>'Bull Spinifex'. 'Bull Spinifex'.
'Bull Spinifex'.
Trackside gardens of Gastrolobium, Acacia, Dodonaea and Spinifex.<br/>Trailside gardens of Gastrolobium, Acacia, Dodonaea and Spinifex. Trackside gardens of Gastrolobium, Acacia, Dodonaea and Spinifex.
Trailside gardens of Gastrolobium, Acacia, Dodonaea and Spinifex.
At Standley Chasm.<br/>At Standley Chasm. At Standley Chasm.
At Standley Chasm.
Top of a stiff early morning climb out of Standley Chasm. Some beautiful stonework on the track.<br/>Top of a stiff early morning climb out of Standley Chasm. Some beautiful stonework on the track. Top of a stiff early morning climb out of Standley Chasm. Some beautiful stonework on the track.
Top of a stiff early morning climb out of Standley Chasm. Some beautiful stonework on the track.
Getting to know the flora. This Dodonaea viscosa subsp. mucronata (darker-seeded variant at left) a very close relative of NZ's akeake, Dodonaea viscosa.<br/> Getting to know the flora. This Dodonaea viscosa subsp. mucronata (darker-seeded variant at left) a very close relative of NZ's akeake, Dodonaea viscosa.
Third to last day. Bill in his element on a side-trip scramble through untracked country up Mt Lloyd. <br/>Third to last day. Bill in his element on a side-trip scramble through untracked country up Mt Lloyd. Third to last day. Bill in his element on a side-trip scramble through untracked country up Mt Lloyd.
Third to last day. Bill in his element on a side-trip scramble through untracked country up Mt Lloyd.
<br/>Arenge View late afternoon from our camp in the riverbed.
Arenge View late afternoon from our camp in the riverbed.
Last trailside cookup at Alice Springs end of the trail. Only a short walk to the cemetery if you're seriously done in! The old MacPac 'Torre' climbing pack I bought from Alpine Guides at Mt Cook in NZ 38 years ago still going strong.<br/>Last trailside cookup at Alice Springs end of the trail. Only a short walk to the cemetery if you're seriously done in! The old MacPac 'Torre' climbing pack I bought from Alpine Guides at Mt Cook in NZ 38 years ago still going strong. Last trailside cookup at Alice Springs end of the trail. Only a short walk to the cemetery if you're seriously done in! The old MacPac 'Torre' climbing pack I bought from Alpine Guides at Mt Cook in NZ 38 years ago still going strong.
Last trailside cookup at Alice Springs end of the trail. Only a short walk to the cemetery if you're seriously done in! The old MacPac 'Torre' climbing pack I bought from Alpine Guides at Mt Cook in NZ 38 years ago still going strong.