It isn’t always this hard
With 2 ½ hours at best to get there, part over a wet and muddy moorland followed by a long bush track that seems to go on forever and capped off by a very muddy buttongrass plain, takes quite an effort. But then it all must be repeated in reverse and that puts repairing the hut at Lake Belcher high on the list of our hardest assignments; self-inflicted of course.
the surroundings. Wombat Moor can be particularly attractive when the flowers are at their peak and has good views of Mount Mawson and surrounds, whilst in the valley of Lake Belcher the cliffs and peaks rise dramatically above, and numerous Pencil Pines dot the landscape.
|Pines in the valley west towards K Col .
Lake Belcher is hidden by the trees
The work resulted from a Tasmanian Community Fund grant at the end of 2015, but circumstances arising from the logistics of obtaining timber and getting onsite together with the fires of that summer meant work could not really get underway until this 2016-17 summer.
|View with Lake Belcher hut
and the cliffs leading to K Col
On the day chosen for the trip the weather was ideal; fine but not too hot. The old boards were off quickly enough but many of the nails were stubbornly difficult to get out of the hut frame. Nevertheless, progress was good and while this was going on
repainting of the cladding installed in 2013 was commenced. This cladding was on the north western facing wall and the tough conditions had already caused weathering. Although the paint ordered was of the same colour it was a different brand and the difference was significant. The hut is no longer the traditional Mission Brown so often associated with huts in national parks.
|Work commences removing timber on south facing wall,|
|New timber and paint. Chris on timber and Peter painting the east facing side.|
|Repainted west wall|
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the featured photo on this posting is from chris Ames