Valda Wakefield

29 walks ticked

This Year

28
Number of Walks Ticked
96.5km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

29
Number of Walks Ticked
100.5km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mt Cooroora (Sunshine Coast)
29 Jun, 2021
Hard
2.6km return
2.5 hrs
This was my second time up. For fun I timed myself and it was 30 mins up and 33 mins down which might have been extended as I walked a different path down somehow but regardless made it back to the Carpark🤣😂So this time round it was later in the day and no sign of rain so everything was dry. My last time it was early and a drizzly day and everything was slippery. Still fun just slippery. This time even without the slippery it was still fun. As always great for fitness as it requires a fair amount of stamina to go up at a pace. The sky was clear at the top so it was nice to see much further in views than I had when the cloud sat on top of Cooroora that day. Such a great climb I'm always happy to go to that one☺
Mount Tibrogargan Summit (Glass House Mountains National Park)
28 Jun, 2021
Very Hard
2.7km return
2 hrs
Ok so embarked around 8.30 Monday morning in hope to conquer this one. Parked at the rock climbers car park and followed the 'you are here' signs to reach the summit and fulfill a dream to climb Tib. Sadly due to rocks falling it was closed. The walk up to the summit was lovely, well manicured and signed with excellent reference to neighboring mountains along the way. Continued along the walk around the base of tib and saw a hidden path which led to a sign that had pictures of rock climbers with equipment so knew that was definitely not the path to continue on and to accept that dreams of climbing Tib for now must wait. I will be watching for when it opens again as I am still eager to fully complete this climb.
Mount Tibrogargan Summit (Glass House Mountains National Park)
28 Jun, 2021
Very Hard
2.7km return
2 hrs
Ok so embarked around 8.30 Monday morning in hope to conquer this one. Parked at the rock climbers car park and followed the 'you are here' signs to reach the summit and fulfill a dream to climb Tib. Sadly due to rocks falling it was closed. The walk up to the summit was lovely, well manicured and signed with excellent reference to neighboring mountains along the way. Continued along the walk around the base of tib and saw a hidden path which led to a sign that had pictures of rock climbers with equipment so knew that was definitely not the path to continue on and to accept that dreams of climbing Tib for now must wait. I will be watching for when it opens again as I am still eager to fully complete this climb.
Mount Beerwah (Glass House Mountains National Park)
28 Jun, 2021
Very Hard
3.6km return
3 hrs
Went for a look to this one as Tib was closed. Nice walk up the fire trail. Manicured with large rock steps. Got to the base of Beerwah...wow is all I can say. It looks like a great challenge and an amazing feat for anyone that is courageous enough to take it on. From what I could see and those who have successfully been up. There is a will traveled path to follow as it's lighter in color than the rest of the rock. There were some hand foot holes but not many and the face you climb up is steep and approximately 10- 15 meters high and apparently that's the hardest part. Many didn't go up myself included and many did. I saw young girls with their father go up and a grandpa coming down. Most people came down a little to the left of where others were going up however I saw two girls come down the way most went up. One girl went slowly carefully the other appeared to lose her grip and slid approximately 10 meters and ripped a hole in her pants... luckily she didn't tumble and only slid as she could have really hurt herself. Beerwah was not ever really on my list but I must admit I'm more curious about it now🤣😂
Mount Beerburrum (Glass House Mountains National Park)
28 Jun, 2021
Medium
3.5km return
90 mins
Went to Beerburrum after a failed attempt on Tib. Its true what they say about the steep concrete walk. It's sooo steep you're leaning forward nearly parallel to the path itself. And it requires a good amount of fitness because of the incline. Alternatively just take a lot of breaks. I imagine if it's wet the concrete would be slippery and could be dangerous. Overall a good hike with a lovely view at the top.
Mt Coochin (East and West Peaks) (Glass House Mountains National Park)
28 Jun, 2021
Medium
2.8km return
2 hrs
So to find this place you put 2672 old gympie road in your gps and this will bring you to a car park outside the national park. We typed in mount coochin and ended up in suburbia. Once at the correct beginning we headed into the park to which I didn't read properly the instruction in this mountain description as it said head right so we did.... all the way to a private property sign so we went straight up the hill through the Bush along what looked like a less traveled path. Unbeknownst to us we were not on any kind of path and just kept going up through the bushland where eventually we ran into the actual path and the summit was not far from there. The view was lovely from the west and we decided not to head down to go up the east as we'd already bush bashed and it was the 4th mountain for the day so we were keen to do the last super easy one and call it a day. We stuck to the path heading down which was nice to go along the real path made up of dirt and rocks similar to mount Walsh tracks. Once we got to the bottom we went left and on the right was the Carpark. So be sure to take a left at the fork then find the track on your right that goes up the hill of you want to travel along the track created for this hike. Overall it was pleasant, fitness is always important and if a little unfit just take resets along the way up.
Wild Horse Mountain (Glass House Mountains National Park)
28 Jun, 2021
Medium
1.4km return
30 mins
This is a family friendly walk with it being reasonably short and paved all the way the views from the top of all the mountains and forests are spectacular. We ended our multiple mountain day with this little gem to top it off.
Mt Walsh (Mount Walsh National Park)
3 May, 2021
Hard
4km return
3 hrs
Labour day holiday. Began climbing just after 7. It was fresh but the climb would soon warm us. It had been raining so the ground was soft and a little muddy. Went for speed today up and down to beat other previous times and were headed to Woowoonga straight after to complete double mountain Monday. Flora and fauna life in the cooler months really flourishes. So it only took 37 minutes up this day and 22 down as I scooped in just under an hour. I keep race climbing for fitness so don't be crazy like me unless you workout regularly. Even with the wet overnight it was still fine to climb the rock etc so I was thankful for that. It wad very windy at the top so I didn't stay long plus I wanted to get down and up the next mountain in the morning!
Mt Woowoonga (Wide Bay Burnett)
3 May, 2021
Hard
3.6km return
2.5 hrs
Labour day holiday. We decided to do double mountain Monday. Today we began Woowoonga climb about 930 After we had been up and down mount Walsh already. It was a lovely hike. I took my husband for his first time today and I warned him it's steep and in some ways feels harder than Walsh because of its steep landscape. The rainforest was flourishing and cold and wet because of perhaps time of year and it had rained the previous day. The ground in the super steep section was soft and wet and slightly slippery because of the wet leaves. Today it took about 45 minutes up and 35 minutes down. My first time here it took 1.5 hours up and 1 down. Everything still looked good with the red markers attached to the trees but also the path is getting walked along more making it easier to see and follow. Saweeet others going up as we went down so it's good to see Woowoonga is getting more visitors as it really is a nice hike.
Mt Walsh (Mount Walsh National Park)
12 Apr, 2021
Hard
4km return
3 hrs
Set out early as we like to do when the morning is fresh for the warm up the mountain. Was surprised to see water tracking out of the rocks today on the climb. So that in itself created a small challenge, not so much for me but for my husband who is built differently to me. However we still made it up to the top in which I explored more than I had before really hoping to find the path for the tassel track to the four sisters but I was not lucky enough today to find so I will save that for next time. I did travel all the way to the north end of the top and I could look down on the sisters which seemed so far down. Always a good climb. I will get to the sisters one day when I'm less time poor and have more time to explore😊
Mt Walsh (Mount Walsh National Park)
5 Apr, 2021
Hard
4km return
3 hrs
Went up this in Easter Monday and looks like sometime has added a rope for the beginning of the climb. How long that will last who knows. Sadly this day it rained so the rock face was too slippery to safely climb up with the extra newbies we brought along but will be going back again because it's always worth it at the top!
Mt Walsh (Mount Walsh National Park)
23 Feb, 2021
Hard
4km return
3 hrs
On this day took my co workers with me. It was a HOT day, we began the climb about 10am. I'd packed extra water as I suspected they wouldn't have enough. Even with my 3 litre backpack and a couple bottles we ran out. This day it took 2 hours up and an hour and a half down. I'd done this before around the same time but it had been overcast and I had similar fitness companion. Today was varied levels of fitness and did I mention it was hot haha anyhoo these girls still made it up and down all with fear of heights they conquered fear for the day. It really is an enjoyable feat especially once you're down again you feel accomplished. My favorite time to climb is still early as the sun is not as hot but I always enjoy this climb regardless of time of day but I am quite fit 😊
Mt Walsh (Mount Walsh National Park)
8 Feb, 2021
Hard
4km return
3 hrs
So set off today on an overcast day in aim to beat our last time. We began the climb at 10.25 but it wasn't as hot because of cloud coverage. I was amazed at how it all seemed different from the last time but last time was 7 start and we were new to combing. We've since climbed a few more and gained more skill and equipment ie appropriate shoes and hydrate back pack... very useful by the way. This climb today felt quicker and even less distance... tried a few different climbing avenues and as always so grateful for the ribbons that are guides and paint on rocks or tees that help lead the way. Today being quite fit we went up and down in an hour and fourteen minutes. First time was an hour forty five minutes up and an hour and four minutes down so a massive time jump for us. I still advise to take caution always with foot placement on track or during climb and use your arms as well . I personally get low on descension as I can reach objects easier then if I were standing and you've less chance of falling forward. Great climb I'm sure I'll do again... maybe take my other kids up one day.
Mt Borumba (Conondale National Park)
26 Jan, 2021
Medium
16km return
4 hrs
I might start with this was quite challenging and I've done a few mountains this year. Firstly Lessons learnt ... read the info posted on this website as it will help!!! I naturally popped 'mount borumba' in my gps instead of what is suggested and the gps literally took me up the actual mountain. I might advise it's definitely not suitable for any car that isn't a 4wd, I'm still not sure how I managed to get up and as it's a one car sized track you can't turn around until you come to the open forked road or the water tank. So I spent roughly 40 minutes driving up then down then to correct location before even beginning to ascend. I took my family with me. With intentions of starting early failing due to my lack of knowledge on the correct gps location and starting point... We set off mid morn and it was hot. We took 7 bottles of water and drank a lot of that on ascension. (Second lesson learnt... leave esky in car full of cold water for return)The hike was rocky with slight mud sections then the climb. Oh my. It was steep. I encouraged my children to climb where the tyre tracks had been as that seemed a more natural step to go up as opposed to the slippery rocky terrain inbetween the tyre tracks. I wore great grip climbing shoes so that helped a lot. However walking amidst the big hard rocks I felt them when I stood directly on them. We got to the top which you could see the lake below but your view is obstructed by trees and that took us one hour and twenty minutes. Later when I got home I read this website about mount borumba and realised we hadn't reached the summit even though we thought we did so I think we needed to continue up as I'd seen the water tank when I drove up the other side which by the way was Derrier road... Stirling crossing or something. Again don't drive that way it's steep rocky with a few dirt mound hurdles that only 4wd should attempt. So our descend from the point we got to was intense because it was so steep a few in our group fell and grazed themselves so perhaps go slow and low when going down and use your legs and arms to aid you. I was saying I'd never go back but now I know I didn't quite get there I will try again but without my young family as the climbing part was not easy for them as I'd mistakenly assumed it would be. They made it all alive but I did carry one on my back a fair bit so I'd like to try with a little less extra strength training haha. It took approximately one hour down from our location, which wasn't quite the top but was high enough to see the lake below. So by all means enjoy the walk it's good and be prepared for the natural terrain steep climb as you certainly won't be walking up parts of this track!
Mt Woowoonga (Wide Bay Burnett)
25 Jan, 2021
Hard
3.6km return
2.5 hrs
Started the walk early roughly 7am and it is a very natural terrain. Being first to walk the track this morning I removed many cobwebs along the path. I might like to add it's a very narrow path the further up the mountain you go. The signs to this mountain aren't hugely visible so drive carefully until you see Jim Hardy grid sign that's your cue to turn and continue along the dirt road. Animals amidst the morning mist but they kept to themselves off the side of the track. Maybe it rained overnight as the track was slightly damp and the leaves on trees had moisture. They say it's steep and they're not wrong. Is easily the steepest I've climbed. Especially once you get to the part of the mountain where the sign says are you prepared. We had our hiking shoes on which have amazing grip and came in handy for both up and down this mountain. At the top there are trees but if you continue down a little on the other side of the mountain there's some nice open space and boulders which make perfect photo location. Many walkers have left sticks at the beginning of the track. Use one. They're handy for webs and for the climb. Time is correct. Took an hour and a half up and under an hour down. On the descend the sun had dried the ground so was crumbly rocks in areas but as long as you don't race you'll be fine. I will definitely go back again. Was the most natural terrain I've encountered yet with minimal man made steps and only some subtle markers nailed into trees to help guide you along the path.
Mt Cooroora (Sunshine Coast)
20 Jan, 2021
Hard
2.6km return
2.5 hrs
What can I say! I absolutely loved this mountain. It was sooo much fun. There was natural terrain and man made aids within the mountain. It was a slightly damp morning when we set out at 7am up Cooroora. The walk up was slightly steep and then the steel ladder steps with chain to aid was a nice aid. The chain helped when there was limited rock or step to get up. The rock climb was fantastic! I'm not exactly tall so I wad thrilled to be able to have so many grip options to help myself up. Compared to mount Walsh where I needed to stretch a little more for gripping. This mountain has been hands down my favourite for the rock climb and the summit although small has tree views with a gap where it's open for great photos. I will definitely be going back to this fun climb again for sure!
Mount Coolum (Sunshine Coast)
15 Jan, 2021
Medium
2.6km return
90 mins
Mount Coolum (Sunshine Coast)
15 Jan, 2021
Medium
2.6km return
90 mins
Mount Coolum (Sunshine Coast)
14 Jan, 2021
Medium
2.6km return
90 mins
Mount Coolum (Sunshine Coast)
14 Jan, 2021
Medium
2.6km return
90 mins