Steve, my hiking companion, sent this email out about day 2 of our trip. I found it quite entertaining so thought you might like to read it. Plus, it gives me an excuse to put some more photos up! Read below for his summary:
. . . “our walk the other day… when severe weather warnings were posted & bunbury got 52.2mm rain before noon!
Helen found her near-new expensive parka was completely inadequate & afforded no protection at all, and my w/proof overpants of many years use had secretly split down the the crutch seam, as I put them on presumably.
She was soaked to the skin within half an hour and my undies/trousers/legs/socks rapidly became increasingly cold & wet as the rain poured down my back & straight through the split seam of my pants!
We left the night’s hut around 8am & shortly after, decided to abort the walk & bail out, so walked non-stop for 3hrs in pouring rain to Mumballup pub, eagerly anticipating a warm, dry boozy afternoon by the fire waiting pickup by Cherie, rather than continue on & try to survive another 3days with saturated clothes and no rain gear worth mentioning.
Unfortunately the pub was shut, there are no phones there & Helen had no reception on her mobile…. Exit plan A.
So we changed into what extra few dry clothes we carry & sat shivering on the verandah discussing plan B.
After unsuccessfully trying to hitch into Donnybrook we managed to borrow a mobile from a passing truckie and phoned Cherie. About an hour later we were warm & cozy with the car heater full bore & heading home!
Apart from the chill we enjoyed it.
This is why we walk in winter…. Placing faith in your self & gear on the knife edge of “character building” vs stupidity and knowing the difference! “