Powelltown Rail Trail – Adventurer Hike

Report by Ben Grant on the Adventurer Hike from 15 – 17th November 2013. Scouts participating were: Ben Grant, Sam Randle, Jack Walter, Jack Clausen, Quinn Higgs, Martin Burke, Leonardo Morandini.

“I arrived at the scout hall on Friday night and we packed our bags, got

into the cars, and drove to Powelltown. After a while, we found a spot

to camp, and set up our tents. It was then that we realized that the hike

was going to be full of leeches. In the morning, we had some porridge

and packed everything into our backpacks. Using our maps, the 7 of us

hiked 17 km through the bush on a path. Near the end, there was a very

steep hill that took us a long time to climb. That was the most difficult

part of the hike. After many snack breaks, we arrived at Starlings Gap,

where we set up our tents for the second night. Everyone was very tired

so we did nothing for a while. For dinner, we had Couscous surprise,

then everyone went to bed.

The next morning, we had breakfast, then set off for the remaining 13

km. Halfway through, I stepped on a snake, it was a scary experience,

but luckily it didn’t bite me. We made good progress that day and after

a couple of snack breaks, we reached the end — one hour early. It was

a great hike to go on and it was the last thing some of us needed to get

our Scout Medallions.”

Ben Grant