TWICE THE FUN

Australian Geographic - - Going Wild -

A WEEK­END TRIP into the park is doable with an early start. Drop your main pack at Wild Dog Creek camp­site, load a day pack with snacks, wa­ter, a fleece and an outer shell and head back down the hill to­wards the Soli­tary Man.

In the mid-1980s, a Viet­nam vet built him­self an A-frame cor­ru­gated iron hut with a rock base over­look­ing Tiger Lake, north of the camp­site. This ‘Soli­tary Man’ re­mained there for about 18 months be­fore re­turn­ing to so­ci­ety.

To reach the hut, drop down from the camp­site to the creek and fol­low it north-east to­wards its con­flu­ence with Fish River. Then turn north-west and fol­low a track through the pine for­est to­ward Ge­orge Howes Lake, and then on to Tiger Lake and Soli­tary Man Hut.

On day two, leave the Wild Dog Creek camp­site at dawn and head to Da­m­as­cus Gate. Scram­ble to the top of Solomons Throne and then try the West Wall Tra­verse, fol­low­ing the cliff edge north to­wards King Davids Peak and its amaz­ing 360-de­gree views. If there’s time, climb The Tem­ple nearby.

Tiger Lake.

Soli­tary Man Hut.

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