- Start date: 2 September 2008
- Age When Completed: 50 & 47
- Direction Walked: North to South
- Others in Group:
Mori (Warwick Sprawson) & Yama (Yasmin Kelsall)
We enjoyed a sectional E2E over 14 years, walking from Balingup to Pemberton in 2008, then Walpole to Albany in 2013, before tacking the remain sections of the hike - some 650km - in may-June 2022.
We were surprised that the US ultra-light movement has swept through Australia too when we were not looking. We are now totally ‘old-school’ carrying ancient relics such as a Trangia and cooking our own meals - with real food - instead of subsisting on BackCountry.
It was very interesting to see all the latest light-weight equipment in use, we got lots of new ideas.
Probably Northcliffe to Walpole - the expanse of the plains after the enclosed forest, and islands of karri and jarrah, and then the majesty of the coast.
So many highlights - there were treats each day. One was the massive storm at Gringer Creek, when the thunder was deafening and the shelter shook. Another was walking into dawn on the track from Long Point to Walpole.
Mori got bitten on a finger by a scorpion at Beraking, something to tick off the bucket list.
Your Best Equipment
Your Worst Equipment
Bringing a battery charger. We didn’t use it and eventually mailed it back home.
Advice for Others
Make sure your hiking shoes a half a size larger than your normal shoes.
Don’t buy one of those squeaky Sea to Summit inflatable mats. You will keep the whole hut awake!