Cockle Creek-Wughalee Campsite
Campsite Elevation: 141ft/43m
We got to sleep in a bit before Isaac and Gabbs gave us a ride back to Hobart. I was happy to get an episode of Downton Abbey in and we left by 8:30am. It was a two hour drive to Hobart, and worked out perfectly to get the morning ride. THANK YOU Isaac and Gabbs!
We realized we had the timing to be able to rent a car and bounce right out to our next hike, so we did that and ran some errands before heading out to Fortesque Bay. Griggs needed a new hiking shirt as his finally started to shred after 6 months of daily hiking use. We ate lunch at Subway (of course!), found a cafe with wifi to download some things, and resupplied. We think we may be jumping to shorter coastal hikes on our list that are on the east coast for about a week as that is where it is driest, so we got a week of food and are keeping it in the car to pull out what we need for each overnight. It’s so convenient to have a car! We got an even better deal than last time, and are each paying $9.50AUD/$7.50US per day to have the car. That doesn’t include gas, but we aren’t using much since the drives are only 1-3hrs between hikes, and insurance is covered through a credit card. Quite a great deal! Many people are interested in our resupplies, so here’s photos of what we each eat.
Griggs is super routine and has little variety. I swear he’d be great for the military. He loves to indulge in food in town, but is simple on the trail looking for the most efficient way to stay fueled. He rarely treats himself to cookies or chips on trail too. His routine is to have two tortillas for each meal of the day. The morning ones are peanut butter and the afternoon and evening tortillas are one peanut butter and one salmon or tuna packet. He doesn’t get tired of it and has been doing this for much of the last two years on the trail. Between meals, he has protein or muesli/granola bars every so often. He does enjoy cold coffee with every meal. Sometimes caffeinated and sometimes not. He would do a flavored drink mix in the day, but Australia doesn’t have good ones. Yep, he’s almost as basic as you can be, but he is sure to treat himself in town. I just don’t have that self control on trail.For my food, I’ve found that I quite enjoy the options in NZ and AUS. I’m going to miss the bars I’ve been able to find and am not sure I want to return to Clif Bars. In NZ I had an OSM Bar for breakfast and miss them, but like the dense Oat Slices here in Australia. Then I eat 3-4 bars as I walk before lunch. At lunch I have Doritos or Pringles, Oreos, and a large tortilla (or two small) with salmon/tuna and cheese. Then I have maybe a couple bars as I walk in the afternoon. For dinner, the legs out here and in NZ have been short, so I’ve been indulging in two heavier dinners I alternate and love. One is an Uncle Ben’s Mexican Rice (precooked) with cheese wrapped in two large tortillas (I really miss the awesome Freyas Tortillas in NZ!). The other dinner I eat is udon or soba noodles with salmon and a concentrated tomato paste sold in packets or tubes. Oh, and Oreos for dessert of course. Love it!
So once we were all resupplied, we drove 1.5hrs to Fortescue Bay, where we will do Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. These are two of the capes that are part of the expensive new “glamping” track known as The Three Capes Track. This was not on our original list as the full official track is somewhere near $500AUD/$400US and includes a ferry ride and staying at nice huts. Locals let us in on how to do the two best capes (Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy) that really have spectacular views as an overnight (or two if people want to do it more relaxed) at a free campsite, score!
For details on this, just Google “Tastrails Cape Pillar Circuit” and it’s all laid out for you. We’ve been using tastrails.com for most of these short hikes, and using the Avenza Maps app for free offline maps, and it’s been perfect. All free and all easily accessible with good detailed descriptions. Very convenient and makes research on all these trips very simple and time efficient.We parked at Fortescue Bay (which has a paid camping option by the parking lot) and hiked in the relaxing 5mi/8km to Wughalee Campsite. This is the only remaining free site near the Three Capes Track.
Tomorrow, we will do both Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. The few photos we’ve accidentally seen and the descriptions are over the top grand, so I’m pretty excited to do this one. Plus, it isn’t a hike that will kill us to get there. It seems like it will be a great day and I’m really looking forward to it. I got to watch the latest episode of Survivor tonight. It was the best tribal ever, haha! THANK YOU to my friend Brian who totally spoils me by getting these episodes available for me to watch offline in my tent. It really is heavenly!
Glad you are still enjoying Oz guys. Just one tiny correction, you are on the East coast which is the drier side. West coast, where Mt Ann/ Western arthurs etc is, is the wet coast. Keep up the good work 🙂
Oh thanks! I keep doing that for some reason here.
Are you ever coming back?
Haha, just a couple more weeks and I’ll be HOME!
How much does your food weigh per day? I find it hard to eat the recommended 2 pounds.
We did total that it does tend to be about 2lbs/day. The tortillas and tuna packets are heavy.
Nice shirt Griggs!!! Ha, I eat like you on trail too; simple and easy.
2 lbs per day is hiker hunger I think. There’s no way I could do that. But then again I never go out for more than a week. Someday I hope to change that.
Very cool that you included food choices for both of you. You two eat pretty healthy, and IMO I think distance hikers need the fats and sugars to sustain enough energy to do the mileage. I read once where Scott Williamson would eat all the butter pads and any salad oils on his table at restaurant stops-for the calorie bomb/endurance factor in his unsupported PCT speed record thru hikes. He’s pretty skinny anyway, and always burned more than he could eat/carry, as I’m sure most do.
Griggs diet is pretty simple. I read a blog by a through hiking couple, Brakeman and Grasshopper, a few years back when they did the PCT. They went cookless, and they ate a cold rehydrated mashed potato burrito everyday for lunch and dinner. They filled out there “meals” with crushed crackers, crushed chips, and oreos. H8w they are like that and still soumded upbeat and chipper is beyond me. They did indulge when they hit town about once per week.
Should read “how they ate”
Sorry I missed you both while you are in my backyard, the Tasman Peninsula. I’ve just come out of two weeks in the bush and am catching up on your recent walks. I’ll be home this time tomorrow, Friday 31st.
Oh yay! I’ll email you.