The Hazards – Scrambling up to prehistorical views

At just over 450 metres, Mount Amos isn’t really that high, but its inclination gets rather steep & challenging. You’ll have to scramble your way up (and down again!) over several huge granite boulders on the upper parts to reach the top. My trusty Wilderness Coffee flask suffered a couple of dents as I clambered along that track… 😉

Early January 2013, an unusual heat wave was blasting over Tasmania. The island has a much milder climate than the rest of Australia. Due to its location south of the mainland it’s tempered by the cooler currents from the Tasman Sea and the Roaring Forties.

But on the day I climbed Mount Amos, the temperature reached a scorching 37 degrees Celcius. It was one of the hottest days on record in Tasmania. On days like that, it’s a good idea to go for the hills & cool off in the fresh mountain air.

Once you’ve braved the hardcore scrambling bit, you’ll be rewarded with some truly awe-inspiring views over Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula. And once you’ve made your way down again, enjoy a refreshing swim and a rest on the the spectacular white sands of Wineglass Beach.

I was just in time, as the park was closed the next day because of extreme fire hazard. It was the day when devastating bushfires raged through the nearby Tasman peninsula.

NaturePic Challenge – Mountains # 4: Mount Amos (The Hazards), Tasmania

The Hazards

The Hazards and Coles Bay, on Freycinet peninsula. Mount Amos is the triangular one second to the right.

The Hazards

It’s a bit of a scramble over steep granite rocks, but the views are worth it!

The Hazards

Looking out over Wineglass Bay from the top of Mount Amos.

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High


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