Issue Seven

Windstorms and temperature swings have come to keep us alert for the changing seasons, and the cruise ships have begun to arrive at the Hobart dockside.

This issue connects again with the challenging terrain of the Southwest, and we join the Wild Oates Productions team as they raft the Franklin and climb Frenchman’s Cap in one go. To top it off, they carried up one of their rafts to the summit, using their paddles as ice axes. Phenomenal stuff.

John and Maria Grist share their accumulated knowledge of the once-abundant huts on Mount Wellington. While many of these huts have been lost over the years to fire and time, there’s a strong and thriving tradition of building a retreat on the wild slopes of the peak.

Roy at Shutterbug Walkabouts has contributed a well-crafted set of images from his fieldwork in some of Tasmania’s colonial heritage buildings, balancing black with white to tell a story of the past.

And, just to put it all into perspective, we leave Planet Earth and go into orbit around our sun to observe a solar storm. We know how beautiful the weather can be on our own planet….but you have never seen anything like this. Turn up the volume, click over onto full screen, and witness the fury of a sunstorm.


Until next time.

— The Editor

TG #7

In Issue Seven: Packrafting the Franklin and Climbing Frenchman’s Cap + Huts of Mount Wellington + Images of Colonial Tasmania + The Fury of the Sunstorm


The Fury of the Sunstorm

A most wonderful sight- the looping arcs and titanic fury of a solar storm. Prepare to be amazed.


Images of Colonial Tasmania

An exquisite photo gallery bring the architectural history of colonial Tasmania to light

Roy Vieth

Huts of Mount Wellington

John and Maria Grist recount the history of the hut-building efforts of yesteryear

John and Maria Grist

Packrafting the Franklin and Climbing Frenchman’s Cap

What’s an inflatable kayak doing on the summit of one of Tassie’s most challenging mountains?

Wild Oates Productions