A cool breeze picked up & clouds scudded overhead, so I set up camp early on Bippoh's small summit, expecting
Now, at this point, if you can imagine a hammock & tarp strapped to the outside of a Japanese bullet train...well
that's the kind of night I had on top of Bippoh ! Fears of no-sew tieouts tearing out, the ridgeline seams parting down the centre or even the
whole tarp being blown off peak. In the darkness, wide eyed, backup plans & what if's, ran through my mind.
The wind roared & blustered all night long, I could hear the gusts coming & gritted my teeth.
The trees I was anchored to flexed & swayed under the ferocious gusts, my hammock did the same, bouncing up & down & swaying to & fro.
I pulled the warm downy goodness over my ears, muffling the chaos outside, closed my eyes & tried to sleep.
In the morning I surveyed the damage....tieouts all good, no ridgeline tears, not bad for a tarp held together with just a thin layer of adhesive.
I consider my DIY tarp well & truly tested !
There was some wear to the surface of the tarp...the side taking the brunt of the gusts was fine & smooth, but the other side flapping wildly in the
wind was looking aged & felt very crinkly to my touch.
Barney's East & West peaks were still draped in morning cloud, so I headed downward, on the lee side of the ridge,
away from the cold gusting winds.
Came face to face with my first Taipan about half way down, in a very aggressive mood. No slithering away like most snakes do,
with no hesitation it came towards me.
I refuelled with Laksa + extra noodles on a creek boulder, soaked my feet, splashed my face & neck, then rock-hopped my way down
to the Barney Gorge campsite & headed out.
Challenging, exciting & tiring weekend, loved it !