Ross Simpson (Rosco)

Completed: 12 November 2013

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Ross Simpson
Rosco
  • Start date: 16 September 2012
  • Age When Completed: 62
  • Direction Walked: Sectional
  • Others in Group:

    Solo Kalamunda to Pemberton. With Ron from Pemberton to Albany

General Comments

Walked Kalamunda to Pemberton in 2012 before injuring leg. Returned in 2013 to complete E2E.
I am a maintenance volunteer ( Powerlines to Pindalup Road)

Food/Supplies Comments

Resupplied by wife at major towns - much appreciated! Took too much food.

Favourite Section

Woolbales to Long Point -  great transition from forest to seeing the ocean for the first time.
West Cape Howe to Torbay - a beautiful sunny day with magnificent scenery.
Favourite shelters: Monadnocks, Noggerup, Lake Maringup, Dog Pool & Torbay.

Highlights

The whole Track was an adventure. Waking up in the shelters each morning and looking forward to the challenges of the day! The wild flowers and the changing forests and coastal scrub were fantastic. Seeing whales breaching at Little Cove near Long Point shelter.

Personal Reactions

The Track is a credit to those who had the dream to imagine such a long walk and the drive to create it. We walkers are so fortunate! The capsites and facilities are fantastic and make the walk achievable for so many people. The efforts of Dept of P&W, Bib Track Foundation and Volunteers to maintain the track are amazing.

Wildlife

Whales, dolphins, quenda, brush wallabies, western grey kangaroos, emus, tiger snakes, bobtails, frogs, cockatoos, blue wrens, rosellas, seabirds etc (plus feral cats & pigs!)

Your Best Equipment

Walking poles, pack, sleeping bag & hut booties

Your Worst Equipment

Old heavy rain jacket -  replaced by new Gore-Tex one for second part!

Advice for Others

Wear gaiters in coastal areas - The scrub is very sharp on bare legs!
Take a mozzie & fly net for south coastal area.
Do everything possible to reduce your pack weight - and then reduce it some more!
Take your time!