The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia.
Note that besides the FKTs listed below, Jennifer Pharr-Davis indicated that she hiked the Bibbulmun in "21 days" in 2008, unsupported.
Note that news stories are saying that Jono Ride of Perth thru-hiked the Bibbulmun in 16d14h, but we do not have any details, such as when this occurred. This appears to be a new self-supported FKT.
Am looking to have a go at the Bibb FKT next year, either supported or self supported.
What is the etiquette for crossing or going around Wilson Inlet?
Personally, I think, to keep it fair self or un supported should not use a car or a boat, and walk around the inlet, but would like clarification.
I'll be beginning my self-supported FKT attempt on the Bibbulmun Track Northbound starting in Albany @ 5:00am Saturday 26/9.
I have resupply packages mailed to Walpole, Pemberton, Balingup and Dwellingup.
My plan is to walk the sandbar at Torbay Inlet. The Wilson Inlet sandbar is breached making the inlet untraversable. My plan is to hike from Nullaki Campsite along the track westward following the Wilson Inlet until it terminates on the South Bank. I will then backtrack anti-clockwise around the inlet roadwalking parts of South Coast Hwy before turning onto the Wilson Inlet Heritage Trail into Denmark. I will then rejoin the Bibbulmun at it's starting point on the Northern Shore of the inlet. I calculate this alternate will net an additional 30km in comparison to hiking across the sandbar. This is unfortunate, however, it has been a wet start to Spring and it is the safe course of action.
I plan on canoeing the Irwin Inlet. I will judge whether Parry Inlet is safe to cross based on conditions at the time, if not I will take the alternate.
As mentioned it has been a wet start to Spring, reports are the track is still inundated through some Southern sections. At the end of the day I'm headed out for a hike and I want to enjoy this challenge safely.
For verification purposes I will:
- Record my hike using a SPOT Gen3 set to 10 minute intervals.
- Take photos at each hut and sign each log book. (I will be taking additional photos along the way)
- Record a daily log of activity.