We leave Teddy’s Hut and make our way trying to follow the brumby tracks, staying high to avoid the more boggy sections. All seems to be going reasonably well, still quite slow and careful until we cross over the bog to keep the river below on our right hand side taking the ridge. It is much easier although we do have a couple of minor falls, scraped knees and some bruises.
We are now up quite high and can see down into the valley below and get to see just how complex and beautiful this Big Boggy/Thredbo river system is.
We also spot some more horses who appear to be nervous of us. Then two people, also hiking, come into view on the opposite side to us and the horses cross over to our side. As two of us wait for our fellow hikers to catch up the same horses appear only a few metres away from us still watching the walkers below before suddenly noticing us. For a brief moment we stare at each other – both of us a little startled and me completely in awe before they quickly head for the higher hills. A very close encounter.
Finally we are almost back to the start but this is just where the fun begins – the climb up to Bob’s Ridge. First lunch and we say our goodbyes to a couple of our group who are heading back to Tumut for the night. In front of us the fire trail leads upwards, forever upwards, a 208m climb that seems to be never ending but with some of the most spectacular views – so gruesome and glorious at the same time.
We now head down 328m, albeit more gently, to the Cascades River where we see even more horses. The Cascades River is beautifully surrounded by lush, green grass and ferns with almost iridescent reeds lining the river bed waving gently with the flow of the crystal clear water.
It is not too long before we reach the hut and meet Mary, an amazing woman walking the whole of the Australian Alps Walk on her own.
The Cascades Hut, built in 1935 for use during grazing season, was one of the few that did not get destroyed in the terrible bush fires and has the best loo view I have seen thus far!
As we eat our well earned dinner, sip our beverages, enjoy our view over the valley while even more horses graze in the last light of the day it is hard to think of a better place to be. The night is calm and full of stars and sleep is a blessed thing for all.
Our walk out is much easier, despite the climb, in the coolness of the morning and even the rapid descent after we reach the top is a pleasure as the views of the valley are truly breathtaking. Weary but stoked to have finished another adventure in the bush.