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Keppel Hut and dragons and radios

February 2016, the seventh anniversary  of the Black Saturday fires, saw a lovely sunny weekend forecast so a walk over Lake Mountain to Keppel’s Hut seemed a good idea. I left the carpark and numerous cyclists at Lake Mountain about 2pm and started wandering up the ski trails. Insects galore, but only three other peoplein the first hour or so. The last person, rather disconcertingly, talked about snakes reminding me that, walking solo, being bitten would be a bad idea. I trudged on, leaving the wide open, grassy ski-trails for the less maintained, ungroomed track to Boundary Hut, or what’s left of Boundary Hut. I had been here before many years ago when the area was under snow because I can remember seeing only a few bricks.

A sign on the track just past Boundary Hut warned me that I was now heading into a remote area and that if I wasn’t properly equipped I’d probably die a horrible death. Sounded like fun so I wandered on. At this point the track is next to an alpine boggy-marshy sw…

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