Our next track led straight on from the previous one. At first following another river which we had to keep crossing and recrossing it became almost a joke. Your feet just can't get any wetter.
We then started to climb up into the Richmond ranges. At the end of a long day we made it to the Starveall Hut emerging from the trees to quaint hut with beautiful views in all directions.
|Sunset Starveall Hut|
|Walking on from Starveall Hut|
|On top of the world!|
We climbed to the summit of Mt Rintoul (1731 meters) and then descended steeply on scree. It was hell on my knees but we then climbed Purple Top and the view back to Mt. Rintoul showing our route down and Rintoul Hut was one of my favourite views of the trail. I sat there waiting for Madeleine soaking up the view and then the clouds came down and my view could be seen no longer.
We walked another section which our trip notes said "some trampers will find this section challenging". It was great for hours we followed a track along what I think was the most beautiful river yet. The path was one footstep wide often with a drop to the side and sometimes involved balancing on your toes to feel your way around a huge bolder that needed to be passed. The river was an almost unreal colour and there were amazing turquoise pools with lots of waterfalls. At one point into the neck of a three tier waterfall with the water gushing - it was made and your certainly wanted to be sure of your footings. One slip and it was a long way down!