Monday, February 24, 2014


I was telling someone the "TrailRider on Kilimanjaro" story. I often do, and the usual response is along the lines of "When are you going?"

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake - site of the first Tasmanian

My reply, which should be "It's too hot there for an MS sufferer" or "The Sherpa team is unimaginable" usually comes out as "I'll have to talk to Ros" which leaves her looking like the baddy.

Strangely the person I was talking to came out with a great question. "What is your dream then?" A brief silence and I replied "Cradle Mountain" That got me thinking...

I have had quite a number of inconclusive dialogues with Parks and Wildlife Services (PWS) in Tasmania. What it boils down to is that PWS lacks a John Kenwright. Not just the person but also the organisational mandate that Parks Victoria has in the area of disability access in parks. In PWS this area falls between stools - it is not clearly anybody's responsibility and therefore, perhaps, nobody's.

I took the plunge and suggested to Parks and Wildlife Services at Cradle Mountain that we might come and do a TrailRider demo. In the back of my mind was the "seeing is believing" adage. Nothing quite describes the TrailRider as well as an actual outing.

The upshot is that we are going there on the 27th March. We were planning a road trip to Hobart anyway (have you seen MONA?) so we would barely be going out of our way ;-) There is a cast of thousands:

  • Ros who will be packing and unpacking a Caddy van full to the brim with everything I now need to travel with (3 wheelchairs etc etc)
  • Joanne and Rodney who will accompany us. Yes - I need that much care now but Rodney is also the consummate sherpa and will guide the PWS newbies
  • John Kenwright who will make a TrailRider available and ship it to Tassie
  • PWS for paying for the shipment and hosting us. Also for raising the interesting thought of mountain rescue uses
I will, hopefully, realise a dream - a circuit of Dove Lake in the shadow of Cradle Mountain - and Tasmania will perhaps be one step closer to a match made in heaven - their wild places and the TrailRider.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mount Beauty - the 9th Australian TrailRider

Dr Bill Sykes MP, Member for Benalla cutting the
ribbon at 
Boytons winery in Porepunkah
Want to be out and about on a TrailRider in the High Country? Now you can.

On Friday 7th March the ninth Australian TrailRider was launched at Mt Beauty which is a staging post for the Alpine National Park This link is well worth a visit to see some of the outstanding natural beauty that is now Accessible in a new way.

This means that a TrailRider is now available at each of the iconic national parks run by Parks Victoria.
Where a horse can go so can a TrailRider - Mount Bogong

The High Country chair can be borrowed from  Mt Beauty Visitor Information Centre 31 Bogong High Plains Rd, Mt Beauty VIC 3699
1800 111 885