Thursday 19 October 2017
Photos by Brian
Perhaps it was the forecast of hot weather which led to just a small contingent of members taking up the challenge of this favourite local climb.
A select party of four adventurers ( Pat, new member Wendy, Chris and Brian) set off in mild conditions under clear skies. Before long, it became apparent to some of us that the mountain had mysteriously become steeper since the last time we’d tackled it. The initial stage is a tough beginning to a walk.
However, refreshed by morning tea, our trek continued along the middle, relatively flat section, where there was time to enjoy colourful wildflowers, including Boronia, scattered amongst the dominant Tea Tree.
The last stage to the summit involves sturdy, steel stairways and ladders, much resembling an adult play gym. These negotiated, there is just a short, steel bridge to cross before reaching the peak. The views here are truly wonderful, a 360 degree vista of the Budawangs and the coast and towns beyond.
Thankfully, the forecast heat was tempered by a cooling breeze and after photos and a leisurely lunch we made our way carefully back down to the carpark.