15th June, 1997
Stage 6, 7 and 8 of Maclehose Trail
Allan & flat mate
Five participants - we completed stages 6, 7 and 8 in overcast conditions with some rain on stage 8. Total time varied from 4:10, to 5 hrs. This was a lot quicker than I imagined it would take. Stage 6 took around 45 minutes, everyone still fresh. Stage 7 took around 1:50, with a couple of tumbles including a personal best double roll of my own coming down the rather slippery slope after Grassy Hill. Stage 8 was the tester, we started it together and finished in times ranging from 1:35 to 2:25.
I think the hill on 8, particularly the steepness of part of the road got to a couple of people. All in all it was a good workout, and would make a suitable course for a night hike as most of this on the real day would be done in the dark. There were no shops along the way, however there is a store (at least during the day) at the end of stage 8.