Pretty darn good name for that bay, I am thinking. Had we gone all the way to Deadman's Bay I am pretty sure I would have been a corpse!
The guide indicates the trail will take 4-7 hours and is "moderate to difficult". I have done enough of the East Coast Trail to know that I am on the high end of hiking times. This may be because I stop every 5 minutes to take a picture, or it may be because I am getting a bit long in the tooth and wide in the chassis...hard to say, and pointless to question, but I am always mindful of it when I go on a hike.
We didn't intend to traverse the entire trail, but simply to go in for a couple of hours and then backtrack to where we started. It was a great afternoon with some great views.
I often hike the Signal Hill trail, which is across the harbour from the start point of Deadman's Bay Path in Fort Amherst; it was fantastic to see Signal Hill from a new perspective.
When we began our ascent I was joking with my Sherpa Guide that we should have brought some ascending rappel ropes for help in a few spots, because it was quite steep.
By the time we got to the top, and took a look around at the others that had reached the peak before us, I felt a strong desire to eat my words; many were berry picking and a few of them had young kids with them. Me nerves! I figured they must have a mountain goat parked nearby somewhere, to help ferry their berries back down the rock face.
When we began our descent it became evident that these weren't 'ordinary' people. A young girl named Emily proved my point as she skipped past us at one point. I believe she was actually the result of that project they have on the go in Australia where they are splicing kangaroo genes into human embryos in an attempt to develop a bouncier human. Oh yeah...it's a thing. Don't question it.
All kidding aside, it is a great hike with some of the nicest views I have seen on the East Coast Trail. I highly recommend it. I also highly recommend taking a couple of good hips, knees and ankles, and that way you should still be in the land of the living when you reach Deadman's Bay.
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