FNQ Adventure and Bushcraft

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Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mount Bartle Frere - Eastern Approach (Wooroonooran National Park)
20 Apr, 2019
Very Hard
15km return
12 hrs
A very hard wet hike. It took 3 fit young walkers with packs, overnight gear and 5L of water (~15-16kg) just over 7 hours to summit including breaks.

Started at 8:30am from Josephine falls and it’s relatively easy for the first 2.5km just watch out for waitawhile. At about 3km the leeches start and you will soon come to a clearing with a large creek crossing and a sign to turn off for the broken nose summit. This is the last creek for water. Kilometres 4 and 5 are very tough with sections almost vertical, try not to miss the markers they are mostly on rocks. After a punishing climb you are rewarded by breaking out of the rain forest and begin the boulder climb. Just before the 7km mark is the emergency shelter and helipad which is a good place to assess how much light is left and whether to summit in the morning. The emergency hut is also the best place to change clothes and cook out of the elements. There is also a clearing big enough for a 3 man tent and gear nearby.

When you do decide to summit there is a rock climb made very difficult by slippery rocks with limited handholds a ridgeline (false summit) and then a final very steep climb through rainforest again to the very top. There was no view as a reward for us but being among the clouds was still a great feeling. It is cold overnight so keep gear dry. The descent while still hard on your legs is way faster only taking about 4 hours from the emergency shelter.

Tips: This trip would have been much better in the dry as there were countless leeches, no views, near constant showers and the track was very muddy.