Wheelers Hut, Kosciuszko National Park, Australia - Image: HT9320P3L
Title: Warming up after the muster
Location: Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, Australia
Portfolio Type: Limited Edition Fine Art Portfolio
This is Wheelers hut, it’s a fantastic slab hut, I love it. I spent 7 days here, on my way in, I pulled my calf muscle a third of the way there and decided to keep going, as I had already had to turn around from getting to Wheelers hut once before and I really wanted to photograph it. Plus the rest of the way was on skis so I figured that would be easier, it was still a very painful trip to the hut. I spent seven glorious days camping at the hut and not seeing one person. I think I photographed the hut from every possible angle and lighting situation.
One of the great things I love about Wheelers hut is sitting out on the veranda, having a cup of tea and looking at Mt Jagungal, which is visible through a gap in the ridge line.
Its funny I say I love this hut and I do, but I love all the huts, for once you have experienced them they are a friend that you can rely on in good and bad times and I’ve had plenty of bad times where they have protected me.
On the seventh day I headed home, I must of done some real damage to my calf as it was only about 40% better. After a quarter of the way back my binding detached from my ski, which rendered my ski useless. But likely I always take snowshoes, but the problem was that there was no snow base so even with snowshoes on, you went down to your knees nearly every second step. With my calf damaged and the exertion of pulling my legs out of the snow it proved to be the most painful and grueling treks I’ve ever done. Eventually two thirds of the way out I left the snow behind me and could just walk in boots, well let’s say limp.
That trip is etched in my brain as a triumph for two reasons, as a physical endurance challenge and with the awesome images I walked away with.
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