Imita Ridge by bobfoto

Imita Ridge

During August, I was in training to walk the Kokoda Track, but I will provide more of an insight to those 96kms in September. The advantage of living in Papua New Guinea while training for the Kokoda trek is one can acclimatise to the weather and one can also head up to the start of the track and walk the Golden Stairs. At Ower's Corner, you plummet just over 300m down to the Goldie River, a thigh deep river crossing around 25m across. After around one hour of flatish climbing, you then ascend up the Golden Stairs up the side of Imita Ridge, a 400m ascent which continues to steepen the closer you get to the top. It is a mountain of clay that during the war, they laid timber steps in an attempt to make it easier. However, the constant rain meant that each of the steps filled up with water and clay and just became a sticky nightmare. It was decided that the wooden steps were a bigger problem than a simple solution and the steps were removed.

But they left the mud behind... and even at the height of the dry season, it still rains often enough for this clay to remain sticky indeed.

Photo taken 2 August 2008 at Imita Ridge, Kokoda Track, Owen Stanley Range.
Clay ooks good for modeling and there looks to be some natural stairs in the root system. Looks messy, my grandkids would love it.
July 31st, 2012  
@tthompsonca - We did collect some and fired it later... Came out of the kiln a gorgeous terracotta colour.
August 1st, 2012  
Is that a bolt in the side of the clay. Did you make a traditional pot?
August 1st, 2012  
@tigerdreamer - No I can't see any bolt.... :( And a little pinch pot was made.
August 1st, 2012  
Make a thirds tic tac toe and the lower left intersection point?
Yay for the pot.
August 1st, 2012  
@tigerdreamer - Nah I am guessing it is just a bit of tree root popping out.
August 1st, 2012  
Love the little green triangle.
August 1st, 2012  
@carolinedreams - yeah it needs that bit of colour. Thanks.
August 1st, 2012  
nice capture but Jason is soil not being eroded by rains? and slowly this may vanish??
August 1st, 2012  
Wonderful colours but I do not fancy that slippery mucky slope At All!!
(far too mumsy and woossy)!
August 1st, 2012  
@ravdeepkaur - Certainly Ravdeep, when the big rains hit PNG, the rivers run brown with soil and sediment, but at the same time, the continent of Australia continues to move slowly to the north and Asia is not budging, so PNG is still rising as an Island. Much in the same way the great land mass of India is still moving north and making the Himalayas taller and taller.
August 1st, 2012  
@filsie65 - Oh come on Mumsy Wussy Phil! A little bit of mud never hurt anyone!
August 1st, 2012  
@filsie65 - I mean it is only 96kms from one end to the other and there are plenty of cold mountain streams to wash off in!
August 1st, 2012  
@bobfoto *shudder*
If it's all the same with you, I'll just sit here and enjoy your photos......!
August 1st, 2012  
ooOOOo i do love a root
August 1st, 2012  
96kms! we used to walk uphill to my brothers cabin on a clay class 3 road, which meant the town did not maintain it, so we slipped up and down and that was only 9/10 of a mile - and we thought it was difficult! lost many a boot to that hill. clay just sucks you in and doesn't like to release but yes, is very fun to play in. spent many hours in there covered, not by choice, mind you, but had to pass the time somehow.
August 1st, 2012  
Great textures and roots in the earth!!
August 1st, 2012  
Great color and textures. This would be quite a climb!
August 2nd, 2012  
Oh my! That looks sticky
August 2nd, 2012  
Great image. I recall some of those imposible steep hills.
August 2nd, 2012  
@filsie65 - Wait until the actual Trek in September... you may change your mind then! ;)

@houdiniem - by the seaside?

@catsmeowb - Need good boots and good patience for this clay indeed!

@carolmw - thanks Carol :)

@daisy - It was the descents that were tricky!

@swilde - Oh indeed... many rest stops were taken with scraping of soles only for the mud to return!

@tonydebont - I think I shall carry their memories for a life time too!
August 2nd, 2012  
@bobfoto anywhere
August 2nd, 2012  
@houdiniem - I have a funny story about roots... but I think I have already told it...
August 2nd, 2012  
@bobfoto was that the dye job one
August 2nd, 2012  
@houdiniem - nah back on the 24th of May... I was light on internet time so didn't really elaborate.... should of.
August 2nd, 2012  
Looks like a right nightmare to climb.. great shot
August 2nd, 2012  
I think I see Rambo in there! :)
August 2nd, 2012  
@michelleyoung - This is nothing compared to the bigger steeper climbs on the Track!

@orangecrush - I would try to say "thank you very much" using Stallone Speak, but I am not sure how that would look....
August 3rd, 2012  
Imagine the fun that could be had.
August 3rd, 2012  
@kjarn - playing in the mud?
August 3rd, 2012  
My word.
August 3rd, 2012  
That is an amazing capture! The root system is so deep in the earth. You could almost play the cloud game with the shapes in the wet clay.
August 12th, 2012  
@angeliquenordal - Some of the guides on the track wear no shoes, so their toes make for some interesting patterns in the clay!
August 12th, 2012  
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