Every gram counts when you head into the wilderness on a bikepacking expedition, and the Jagungal Wilderness north of Kosciuszko National Park is wilder than most. Mattie even chose to leave colour behind as he fired off these shots on his phone and pedalled between the region’s historic huts.


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Fully loaded and ready for adventure – just add water.

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Everything I need for a weekend in the wilderness – I hope!

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Halfway through day 1 – at the bottom of a fun descent and on our way to another river crossing.

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I managed to pedal through this one; at other times I had my shoes off and my bike thrown over my shoulder.

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It was a frosty morning after temperatures dropped below zero on the first night – I’ll definitely be packing warm socks on the next trip.

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A rare flat section of riding before the next sharp descent and inevitable climb.

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O’Keefe’s Hut on the way to Mount Jagungal.

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Looking down at Round Mountain Hut – there was a seriously rad descent from the main trail at the end of day 2 – unfortunately that meant that day 3 began with a tough wake up and hike-a-bike back up the hill.

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The start of the long descent to the Tumut River crossing.

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A worthy detour to Happy’s Hut, followed by the toughest 10km of the weekend. It was hike-a-bike after hike-a-bike, and we gained some serious vertical metres on the way to Broken Dam Hut.

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Happy’s Hut – one of the most basic in design, but probably my favourite of all the Kosciuszko Huts so far.

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Thanks to Omafiets Dutch Bicycles for organising the ride and thanks to all the kind-hearted, adventurous souls that I met along the way.

 


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