Sunday, 29 June 2014

Tangara Trail (Switchback re-alignment - Gellibrand Drive)

I put a post up on tassietrails.org back in May about a re-route of a steep section of the Tangara Trail off Gellibrand Drive.


I never saw any follow up on this on the Tanagra Trails facebook page, so on my way back from Arm's End (and being conscious that I was cutting things fine in getting back to meet Kim at 3pm), I headed back to Lauderdale via Gellibrand Drive, jumped out of my car at the top of the trail head and ran down and back up the new track section (with GPS in one hand and camera in the other) to see where things were at, and this is the result ...


Does that make things clearer?

Yea, hand held GPS tracks are not always the most useful thing in the world.

But ... sixty minutes and a bit of post processing later ... this may be a bit more useful.  I'm talking about the bit of trail highlighted in yellow below ...

See the yellow highlighted bit ...
And after cleaning up that GPS file, we're talking about new switchbacks which look something like this  ...


On the ground, you'll just find yourself on these, and although they were a bit muddy when I ran them, they are a definite improvement over the old plunge which used to go down here.

Here's some quick pics ...









And here's what it used to look like (minus the trees which were obviously put there for rehabilitation purposes) ...


Quite an improvement don't you agree?

The new trail section is now integrated into the Tangara Trail notes, gpx and kml over on tassietrails.org

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