At an impromptu Adventure Gang dinner in early January 2014 we came up with the ultimate Adventure Gang challenge for the year.
The Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) runs for 655 km from Walhalla in Victoria all the way to Tharwa (just out of Canberra) and we are planned to walk it, all of it, in 2014!
This did not mean that we planned to take a month off work to hike the whole track; we were going to split the walk up into bite-size sections each taking two or three days at a time. None of us had to hike all of the track, the key thing was that at least one of the adventure gang covers every section of the track and all of us hike at least one section.
Logistically this was a big challenge as the New South Wales and ACT parts of the track involved a fair amount of driving from Melbourne so we had to arrange key swaps, car shares and some longer weekends to do the more remote parts of the track. Of course any of the adventure gang could hike any part of the track as long as they took photos to prove that one of us had completed that section.
Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) info
The Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) is a long distance walking trail through the alpine areas of Victoria, New South Wales and ACT. It is 655km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and running through to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. The track runs mainly through Australian national parks, such as Alpine National Park and Kosciuszko National Park, though it is not exclusively restricted to national parks. It ascends many peaks including Mount Kosciuszko, Mount Bogong, and Bimberi Peak, the highest points in NSW, Victoria, and the ACT respectively.
The AAWT crosses exposed high plains including the Victorian Bogong High Plains and the Main Range in NSW. To walk the whole track can take between 5 to 8 weeks.
The track has been signposted for part of its length in a tri-state agreement. However, most parts of the Track require hikers to have highly developed navigation skills.