Friends of Mt Field

Lake Nicholls Track

This was a mixed day of work between installing signs and trimming vegetation on the Lake Nicholls Track.  The FOMF have produced signs on the history of Beatties Tarn, Lake Nicholls and Lake Rayner with a grant from Wildcare.  We also have signs for some other locations but on this day, it was just the three mentioned that were installed.
Beatties Tarn


Howard and Greg installing sign at Beatties Tarn
Whilst at Lake Rayner a quick check on an alternate access track to the lake was made.  At the moment the last bit particularly is steep and shows erosion finishing at a wet spot that is not ideal. A slight divergence is quite feasible and would end the track on harder ground just above the lake. It also has rocks for people to sit on for a rest or to view the lake.

Greg and Howard installing sign at Lake Rayner


Sign at Lake Rayner


Whist adding the new sign to the Lake Nicholls hut, a surprise find was a cache of tools, nails and glues.  All were in very poor condition with plenty of rust.  Why they had been brought  here remains a mystery, but it must have been since the FOMF replaced the floor timber near the hut entrance in 2004. There was no indication that they had been used for anything.

Lake Nicholls
Whilst the signs were being added others were busy trimming the track from where work finished in January below lake Rayner and halfway back to Beatties Tarn junction. The remainder will be done on a future occasion.
As we were heading back to the car there was a yell coming from the bush.  Greg went back and continued up the track towards Lake Rayner in response to the repeated yelling.  Eventually he worked out where the voice was coming from and called out for the person to walk in his direction. A lost walker emerged from the bush.  He wandered from the track on the rock scree area and kept going in the wrong direction and was certainly very relieved that Greg had come to his rescue. 
This the second time that we have been there when people have got lost and called for help.  There are reports of other such incidents, which is why we put extra marker poles in January this year.   No doubt there have been several unknown and unreported occasions when people have wandered off the track whilst crossing the boulders; it seems that even more poles are needed.  It may be an option to include a band of colour on the posts to make them more visible.


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