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9 walks ticked

This Year

5
Number of Walks Ticked
31.5km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

9
Number of Walks Ticked
60.0km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Spicer's peak (Main Range National Park)
2 Feb, 2019
Very Hard
6km return
4 hrs
Did Spicer's Peak early morning. Cloudy, Windy and damp. Second time was much easier to navigate. Still some challenging sections with the rock being a bit wet. Beautiful and unique summit.
Mt Barney West Peak (Mt Barney Summit)
28 Jan, 2019
Very Hard
2km return
2 hrs
Savages Ridge to West Peak, return via South Ridge

I did this walk via Savages Ridge, direct to West Peak. Savages Ridge is an unmarked route, with a softly visible trail through the brush occasionally. Often there is no trail at all. I mostly used GPS to ensure I was on the right track.

The incline is actually gentle (relative to other routes) for the first half of the way up. Then there is a lot of steep scrambling to get to the Savages Knoll. The Savages Knoll is a truly unique spot - a razorback ridge from which you get amazing perspectives on both West and East Peak and views out to the West across the McPherson range. The Knoll joins with the summit cliffs of West Peak. After pushing up through thick vegetation you come to the Savages Chimney just below the summit. This is not as steep or precarious as I had thought it might be (relative to other routes on Mt Barney) but a misstep could be very serious so great care is required. I was there in dry weather and I'm not sure I would have continued in wet weather without a rope. The summit is just above the Chimney.

Returned down to the saddle Rum Jungle and via South Ridge back out the ordinary way.
Mount May (Mt Barney National Park)
19 Jan, 2019
Hard
6.5km
4 hrs
Did the circuit starting from the camping ground, going up the northern ridge , across both peaks, down the back of the mountain and via the 4WD track back out.

I did this as an overnight, starting at 3pm in the afternoon. It was far too hot on the way up with a pack in January - 36 degrees when I started. But other than that was nice walk and the campsite in the saddle between the North and South peaks is quite nice.
Mt Mitchell (Main Range National Park)
12 Jan, 2019
Medium
10.98km
3.5 hrs
Completed this walk for sunrise. It's the second time I've gone up in the dark. This is a really great one to do for sunrise. The track is very easy and if you walk briskly you can get to the top in under 70 mins.

Truly the best place in SE Qld to watch sunrise, and which is also reasonably accessible.
Mt Greville (Moogerah Peaks National Park)
6 Jan, 2019
Hard
6km return
3 hrs
Walked up Waterfall Gorge then to the summit, and down SE ridge. It was incredibly dry but as beautiful as always.
Mt Cougal (Springbrook National Park)
24 Sep, 2018
Hard
10km
5 hrs
Not really much to say the trail is very well marked and relatively straightforward until the last section before the first peak where you need to scramble up a steep rocky section. When you get to the cave in the cliff, just contour around the cliff to the right for 5mins or so. As per the other comments, just follow the pink tape when things get difficult.

The scramble to the second peak is a bit more challenging but not too difficult and very pretty. Worthwhile walk for sure.

Took me about 3.5 hours from the car and back including breaks and all the rest.
Spicer's peak (Main Range National Park)
5 Nov, 2016
Very Hard
6km return
4 hrs
This was my third attempt. My last two attempts failed because we contoured 'right' (west) around the cliff looking for a break as per the notes but found it unsafe or hard to navigated. The second time it was also very wet which did not help and ended up on completely the wrong part of the mountain. I don't think I am the only one either even on the days I went quite a few people turned back at the cliff. On the third (successful) attempt we tried to go straight up the cliff next to the precipice and found the path up very obvious, clean, and safe. I understand why the recommended route is to the West but there was no point on the way up next to the drop-off that it felt unsafe - you are in a sheltered gully. There is some rock scrambling. Not for anyone who does not like the thought of being close to the edge. I don't need to state the obvious that extreme care needs to be exercised that close to the cliff, but I felt that overall this was clearly the safest and easiest way up.
Mt Greville (Moogerah Peaks National Park)
24 May, 2016
Hard
6km return
3 hrs
Went up Waterfall Gorge, stopped at the Northward facing lookout. From the lookout I followed a footpad to the summit which linked up with the main track very close to the summit. Thought I don't think this was the best way up by any means. Next time I would backtrack and walk straight across past the top of SE ridge and Palm Gorge and take the main track to the top. Was very dry so Waterfall Gorge was no problem though I understand it is sketchy when wet.
Mount May (Mt Barney National Park)
4 Mar, 2016
Hard
6.5km
4 hrs
I followed the GPS track on this website "Mt May North + South Peak circuit" it was very helpful. A great circuit though it was raining in the morning. If using the GPS track be careful descending from North peak into the saddle that connects to the South Peak - I relied on the GPS a bit too much here for the best way down and it directed me down a steep slope to a cliff drop-off so I clambered back up and found a better way down to the west a short distance.