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TA Day 79, Slaty Hut to Rintoul Hut, 13 km

All alone in the early morning on Old Man Ridge in the Richmond Range.
All alone in the early morning on Old Man Ridge in the Richmond Range.

The hut rattles and shakes in the wind, but when I step outside for the loo, it’s not cold. I sleep surprisingly well on my little bunk, pack up Olive Oyl and head up to the ridge along an eroded path.

The sky is crystal clear, the wind keeping me cool as I push up and over and back down into mossy, sun-dappled forest. I feel insecure after John’s bragging and relive the evening trying out new come-backs.

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TA Day 78, Hacket Track car park to Slaty Hut, 18 km

Near Slaty Hut looking out to the never-ending mountains.
Near Slaty Hut looking out to the never-ending mountains.

Maggie brings me outside when I wake up to show me my good luck charm – a rainbow. Cary joins us for the walk to whispering falls. A serpentine seam glistens in the sun. Maggie loaded me up with one more bagel and lox, extra cream cheese naturally. I have the last piece of rhubarb cake saved for when I finally reach the mountain view.