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Out and about in the Budawangs at Morton National Park

A couple of weekends ago, we went on an overnight hiking and camping trip down in the Shoalhaven area of New South Wales to the Budawangs in Morton National Park. We were a group of 19 and arrived at Wog Wog around 11 on the Saturday morning. We were lucky to have the weather in our favour.

We trekked at a pretty relaxed pace with occasional climbs and passed some spectacular views including that of Corang Arch and Corang peak. In the end  though, we had to rush to the site as the sun was setting and we still hadn’t set our base. We eventually set up camp in a cave. That was an experience in itself. Most of us didn’t bother with tents and just lay out our sleeping bags and mattresses around the cave. We were quick to get the fire roaring at the mouth of the cave given the freezing weather and enjoyed the hours around the camp fire. I woke up a couple of times in the middle of the night and was mesmerised by the sight of the moonlit sky. You see, I was sleeping near the entrance and was quite lucky! It was apparently a really cold night — went below 0 but in the cave, we were quite comfortable! As always, with camping, I woke up at the crack of dawn. We all eventually set off on a return track by around 9.

Then, about 45 minutes from the finish, we realised we were missing two hikers. One of the girls had needed to have a bathroom break and another stayed back with her. But turns out, they never caught up with us. Few of the guys went looking for them while the rest of us stayed put. Luckily, we had some phone reception {which is usually not the case in the bush!}. The guys went to one turn off they thought the girls might have taken but after going a fair way figured it was too treacherous and they wouldn’t have continued. We then sent a small group to the carpark — just in case the girls had found another route to get there. Yet another group went back to looking for them retracing steps and taking a first aid kit in case someone was injured. About 6 of us, including yours truly, stayed put. Finally, the group leader called the police after about 90 minutes of no luck and not finding them in the car park.

We were certain we’d be featured in the morning news — the whole story about missing bushwalkers! And then, around 3:45, we found them! Apparently, they had taken the turn off but they had continued past the point the guys thought they wouldn’t have gone past. One of the girls was very embarrassed but I guess the rest of us were just thankful no one was hurt. We called off the police report and trudged back to our cars.

I guess it was bound to happen some time. After the near disaster with the Colo-Meroo track in Feb, we were certainly pushing our luck. But at least no one was injured.

And in the end, we did have a great time. I’ll leave you with some views from the weekend:

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Peaky!

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View from Corang Peak. That’s Pigeonhouse Mountain in the distance

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Foggy horizon

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Moonlit sky from my sleeping bag

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View from top of Corang Arch

Have you ever lost anyone on a hike? Do share!!!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Mi
    July 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    You changed your url! My god! I kept ignoring all posts from this site wondering I never read “livingmyimperfectlife” 😛
    But this looks so great! 🙂
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  • Mi
    July 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    You changed your url! My god! I kept ignoring all posts from this site wondering I never read “livingmyimperfectlife” 😛
    But this looks so great! 🙂
    Ok now back to reading all that I missed! 🙂
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  • Bikram
    July 9, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    australia is a beautiful place indeed .. these pictures prove it all the time 🙂
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  • Bikram
    July 9, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    australia is a beautiful place indeed .. these pictures prove it all the time 🙂
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  • Titaxy
    July 10, 2014 at 12:26 am

    omg that moonlit sky photo is truly amazing. heavenly. i would love to sleep under such beautiful sky, dreaming all the way through the night about all things awesome 🙂 or just spending the night staring at the glowing stars.
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  • Titaxy
    July 10, 2014 at 12:26 am

    omg that moonlit sky photo is truly amazing. heavenly. i would love to sleep under such beautiful sky, dreaming all the way through the night about all things awesome 🙂 or just spending the night staring at the glowing stars.
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  • Shailaja V
    July 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Oh dear! That must have been scary, losing two people! Thank God everything worked out okay.

    Wonderful pictures of the trip <3
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  • Shailaja V
    July 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Oh dear! That must have been scary, losing two people! Thank God everything worked out okay.

    Wonderful pictures of the trip <3
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    July 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    That certainly looked like a fun thing to do. Good thing no one was hurt, though. Oh, and I really love that last pic!
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    July 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    That certainly looked like a fun thing to do. Good thing no one was hurt, though. Oh, and I really love that last pic!
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