Nichola Wallace

11 walks ticked

This Year

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Number of Walks Ticked
1.4km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

11
Number of Walks Ticked
40.8km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Eric Joseph Foote Sanctuary (Sunshine Coast)
25 Apr, 2020
Easy
1.4km return
45 mins
I did the longest circuit walk years ago, but this time passed thru along the Botanic walk as part of a much longer walk around the neighbourhood. I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it is with good information boards on the various trees and plants.
Wild Horse Mountain (Glass House Mountains)
1 Jun, 2018
Medium
1.4km return
30 mins
Short but steep walk up a concrete driveway. Fabulous views from a covered lookout.
Auburn River National Park , Riverbed and rockpools walk (Wide bay Burnett)
5 Jan, 2018
Medium
1.5km return
1 hr
Being the middle of summer it was quite hot so we headed down to the river for a swim. It was a bit tricky negotiating the rocks to the water's edge and because the water was very silty with no visibility we were reluctant to go in.
Soon the only other people at the camp ground, a young family, came down and ventured in. We followed them in and explored the swimming hole, going up rock fissures to where the water gushed in.
I think I got nibbled by a fish.
While we relaxed in the shade, the family crossed the river exploring the far bank. The track across is tricky as the rocks are large.
Auburn River National Park, Gorge Lookout walk (Wide bay Burnett)
4 Jan, 2018
Easy
600m return
15 mins
Auburn River National Park , Gorge -top walk (Wide bay Burnett)
4 Jan, 2018
Medium
3.2km return
90 mins
This was an easy and pleasant walk thru the forest along the river. We saw a wallaby near the camp ground and lots of ants else where.
Mt Ninderry (Sunshine Coast)
28 Sep, 2017
Medium
3.3km return
1 hr
Tibrogargan Circuit (Glass House Mountains)
25 Apr, 2017
Easy
3.3km return
90 mins
This is an easy but interesting walk around the mountain and past others.
Mt Ngungun (Glass House Mountains)
5 Sep, 2016
Easy
2.8km return
90 mins
Mt Ninderry (Sunshine Coast)
25 Jun, 2016
Medium
3.3km return
1 hr
I hadn't been on this hike for a while. The council has completed track upgrades. Now you don't have to go straight up the steep rocky path, I think they would prefer you take the new path which is more interesting and has views to the Coast. There are also paths at the top to lookouts to most directions.
Mt Barney - East Peak - South Ridge (Mt Barney Summit)
28 May, 2016
Very Hard
17km return
10 hrs
This climb is epic, perhaps I shouldn't have done it as I'm over 60 and not very fit (though I am fitter now because of it). I climbed with 3 others, a strong, fit couple around 30 and a 50 yo woman also fairly fit. This was their second attempt. (On the first, they'd taken a wrong turn, spent a lot of time bush bashing and returned the same way broken and defeated.) It was a beautiful sunny day.

We left the carpark just before 9 which was a couple of hours too late and didn't all take jackets, another mistake (there was an icy wind blowing at the top) About a 3rd of the way up I was tired and struggling and by halfway I knew I'd made a stupid, stupid mistake. But we kept going with almost no breaks. The 50yo, with her shorter legs, sometimes needed help up the rock slabs (we had a rope) and the young guy was struggling with his fear of heights next to the high cliffs and narrow ledges.

We'd picked 1pm as our turnaround time, but as we didn't want to go back down the SE Ridge as it was so hard, we kept going and reached the summit at 2:30. We'd been meeting 2 families with their young kids as they stopped for a snack and break and as they continued up past us, the parents would yell, slow down, come back, stop running. We last saw them going down to the saddle, still running.

We were at the saddle by 3:30 and knew we'd be finishing in the dark. I'd borrowed a vest which kept me warm enough, but my legs were in a lot of pain and going downhill was very slow. My dilemma; if I bent my legs, I'd fall down but I had to bend my legs to climb down and it was still a long way down. It is also very easy to lose the track; we lost the track 5 times on the way down but I'd plotted the tracks on the app View Ranger. What a saviour!

Just before dusk we took a wrong turn (which I didn't check on the app) and ended up at a cliff which we finally got down with the rope only to find no track. I checked the app and in the fading light we could see the Peasant's Ridge silhouette, then found a faint path back to it. Now it was very dark, we had one headlamp and a phone touch to light our way and my tracking app to guide us.

I didn't know how my legs were holding me up. The slightest decline was really painful and I had to hold on to someone or use a stick to stop from falling. Needless to say it was a slow decent but we were below the big rocks and once we hit the open country again, we could stride out.

Despite everything, we returned safely, 2 and a half hours in the dark and 11 hours after we set out. Please don't underestimate this climb, prepare well (warm clothes, head lamps and a rope, battery packs for your phone). We were careful, stuck together and helped each other out.

The views were fabulous, we could see all the way to Mt Warning, with gullies and great cliffs at every turn. It's the hardest thing I've ever down (it's heaps easier if you're young and fit), but I'm really glad I did it. Would I do it again?. Probably not. I'll stick to the smaller mountains.