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The worry of how long it would take to get back to the vehicle meant that we had to allow  a few hours in case we ran out of daylight, so after an hour or so of searching the area, it was time to head back..

We were unable to search all of the area as we were so tired and the going was so tough, but I did get the impression that it was possible that the forestry workers, who planted the forest back in the early 90’s, may well have seen wreckage and maybe even removed it not realising the importance of it.  

 

In the image below, you can see our GPS tracks of where we walked, apart from the track up from the road

In the process of getting to the site, we eventually came across the firebreak shown on GE, and when we walked out, we just followed this firebreak  all the way back until we found the road (or should I say track, as that was all it was) that we had intended to come in on,  if we had been able to find it when we first drove in.

Where the track intersected the road that we drove in on, we then had to walk from there all the way back up a steep hill to almost the point shown at the top of this image to get back to the van.

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After a long difficult slog, we came out on top of a ridge where we could see open farmland through the trees, and before we got there, we came across another road leading in the right direction. After a much more pleasant tramp, we eventually made it to the general area, but by this stage we were rather exhausted.

Being so close to the cliff face made it very difficult to get an accurate bearing with the GPS as one minute it would say that we were too far south by about 600 ft and then after walking north counting down to about 300 ft, it would suddenly say we were 600 ft, or so, too far north...very frustrating to say the least!

We were able to see the cliff faces through the trees from time to time, so we were able to take bearings from them but we didn’t come across anything of interest.This area was once again very difficult to proceed through due to all the tree prunings.

Photo: Chris Morris

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