Richard

4 walks ticked

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Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Walsh's Pyramid (Wooroonooran National Park)
Apr, 2019
Very Hard
6.2km return
7 hrs
Tchupala Falls (Wooroonooran National Park)
Apr, 2019
Easy
1.2km
1 hr
Josephine Falls (Wooroonooran National Park)
25 Mar, 2019
Easy
1.6km return
1 hr
Mount Bartle Frere - Eastern Approach (Wooroonooran National Park)
25 Mar, 2019
Very Hard
15km return
12 hrs
Started walk at 3:55am and arrived back to carpark at 3:55pm, and had 40 mins at the evac shelter to eat, change socks and remove leeches. Took 5.5L water & electrolytes, drank most of it. Even though it was only around 18 degrees when I started, the humidity is incredible - I was saturated with sweat after less than an hour of walking in the dark. Plenty of wait-a-whiles too - I initially wore a mosquito net which was not necessary and was repeatedly caught.

Tough walk, and at this time of year some creativity was definitely required to cross the creek where the track splits to Broken Nose. No view at the top of course, and the trickiest part was the boulder fields. I left my pack in the evac shelter for this part and although I have done plenty of rock scrambling, this was treacherous - they've been constantly wet for months, so they were super slippery.

As others have said, bring plenty of deet - the leeches are plentiful. I applied cream to ankles & hands, plus made a salt paste which I smeared on my socks and shoes which helped. Also a small tin of spray for topical removals - this was handy when I found one halfway up my back. I'd suggest applying deet to your waist where your pants sit too - I found a couple there. There's a rope in the evac shelter for hanging clothes, so if you bring a spare shirt & socks, you can hang the wet ones there while you climb to the summit.

Overall, great walk, glad I did it, but I have no desire to do it solo again or at this time of year! Dry season is the way to go.