RV Investigator test voyage

Here are some photos from the recent testing of the RV Investigator, the first two are of the back deck in a pretty rough patch out past Maria Island.

One and a half walks up Pelion West

Here are some photos from our recent walk to Pelion West. We spent 3 nights at the Pelion Hut, coming in from the Arm River track. The first day was a total white out, we made it half way up before turning back, without acutally seeing the mountain due to the horrible weather. The second day was amazing, some very light, high cloud, and sunny still day.

Pelion West is also one of the toughest mountains climb, there is a decent walk along the overland from Pelion hut to the start of the mountain track. Followed by some scrub bashing uphill until the scrub open out to the base of the mountain. The mountain itself has a steep ascent up a slippery track until you reach the boulders. At that point you have to pick a path up and across the boulders, which is only vaguely marked, and even when it is, there are some big gaps to jump and climb.

If you do make it to the top on a clear day, Pelion West has some of the best views of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair Park, you can see Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff to the north, Mt Ossa, Pelion East, some of the DuCane range to the south, and far of to the south west you can see Frenchmans Cap.

Website Gallery Options

I've been meaning to setup a gallery for photos for ages, so far I have a mess up of using Flickr and images stored locally on my server.

RV Investigator Arrival

The RV Investigator arrived in Hobart on Tuesday 9 September at around 10am, the offical CSIRO blog for the ship is the CSIRO FRV Blog with a whole bunch of info. I currently work at CSIRO on the Investigator supporting the data acquisition and other IT systems, so I'll be updating this site with photos and info every now and then.

Backyard Work

The full works, still a bit more to do on the veggie boxes, but we're getting there...