Valda Wakefield

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Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Walsh's Pyramid (Wooroonooran National Park)
30 Dec, 2021
Very Hard
6.2km return
7 hrs
Started this climb around midday. It was an overcast day so was slightly cool. There were so many things I liked about this climb. The hike and the scrambling was great! The climb was full of little lizards and ants mostly with the kookaburras and cicadas singing from the trees. A cool breeze would sweep across the top and cool you down. It felt like a never ending top. Each time we got to the next level there was still more to conquer. But eventually once we climbed over the final large rock to follow a path to a rock and open space staring over the cliff I knew we made it. You definitely need to take lots of water as it can be required not only on your ascension but the humidity can hit going down so it's good to refresh. The terrain was a mix of bush and forest with rocks and clay mud steps covered in leaves. We took 3 and a half hours up and 2 hours down. I'd do it again for sure.
Mount Larcom Walk (Central Queensland)
26 Dec, 2021
Hard
7km return
4 hrs
Started this hike around 11 as it took us a couple hours to drive here. I was very impressed and it did not disappoint. Im always prepared with repellent etc but really didnt need it here. It was great terrain. Red orange clay coloured track in the bush. Saw a snake along the way but he was happy for us to walk past. As we were getting closer to the top we were in the midst of a cloud and just before we got to the summit it began pouring down. we got completely drenched and couldnt see down from all the cloud coverage. As we descended the water was rapidly gushing down so I just walked on the outside of the waters. Toads galore came out to celebrate the rain and it really was fun but quite a long way to be going being drenched but it was kinda cool too. I think with the ground wet it helped out descension as the dirt became soft mud not crumbly slippery rock surface. It was easy to sink into. I'll definitely go back to this one again as I really enjoyed it.
Mt Walsh (Mount Walsh National Park)
18 Oct, 2021
Hard
4km return
3 hrs
So this day took a couple of newbies up. I went step by step with my 71 year old friend who has COPD and emphysema. We started early and good thing too as this took 5 hours return with atleast 70 stops. But I was happy to do that given I really wanted to see my friend complete this bucket list item for themselves. We took breaks and had water and low and behold, he made it to the top and back down again! Such a proud moment for me. I believe I was slowly learning patience with many before him as I actually stopped and looked at my surroundings on each of his breaks and this was a nice change for me.
Mt Walsh (Mount Walsh National Park)
4 Oct, 2021
Hard
4km return
3 hrs
Took a couple of kids up this day. When I say kids I mean young people in their early 20's. We began early but it still took roughly 5 hour return as we stopped a lot and there were moments when I needed to allow them to push through their fears in sections. I already knew it was achievable but they needed to build their own confidence. It was a very hot day and lucky I packed lots of water as they ran out and really needed it. By the end they were wrapped to have gone up and down and had a new found appreciation for the love of outdoor activity.
Mt Tibberoowuccum (Glass House Mountains National Park)
21 Sep, 2021
Medium
1.7km return
1 hr
OK so went to this mountain as a kickback from yet another attempt of tibrogargan. Tibberwoocum is literally next to Tib and is easily accessible from near the new car park. I actually drove just past the new car park about 50 metres and parked across the road in front of a house. You then go through a gate that is a vehicle access fire trail I suppose. Head up the trail, both ways lead to where you need to go and then you'll see to your left a track up into the mountain with a pile of rocks and a tree being the marker
Mount Perry Summit Walk (Wide Bay Burnett)
10 Aug, 2021
Medium
5.5km return
2 hrs
So I'm writing this well after the climb. Mostly because it wasnt a registered walk when I originally went up. Most days I like to start early however somedays I need to do school drop off first so Im going to guess that after the kids were dropped to school we made our way out to Mount Perry which is approx 70 minutes drive. So it was sun up and the first k of this walk is steeeeeep. It's straight up vertically fire trail. But after that first k the rest is wonderful. It's a great mix of different terrains. Dry bush, flat rocks and even rainforest with mossy trees. It's well marked and we never came across any incessant creatures like mozzies or flies so its really quite pleasnt. When you get to the last leg of W you keep going up. You'll come across a fork and both ways lead to the top. Right takes a steeper walk than the left and the view from the top is nice. Always be sun smart and take water. I dont recall my phone coverage being great up here but could be the area.
Mt Walsh (Mount Walsh National Park)
2 Aug, 2021
Hard
4km return
3 hrs
It was double mountain Monday again and after a 2 week break from resting it was not going to be my fastest. So we got to mount Walsh about 10am and it was a nice clear winter day. It did prove to be a hot time to climb even though in winter and having rested for so long it proved tough. Got up in 45 minutes and had a nice long rest under the cool rocks at the top. Because it had been dry it was a little dusty and slightly slippery so I went down with extra caution so 35 mins down. Stretched out before and after and then set off for mount woowoonga.
Mt Woowoonga (Wide Bay Burnett)
2 Aug, 2021
Hard
3.6km return
2.5 hrs
So continuing from mount Walsh got to mount woowoonga about midday and knew we had to get up and down reasonably fast as we had an hour trip back to Bundy to pick up school kids. So timed the points to see what the distance captured. So up to first resting points was 14 minutes so I kept watching to see if the summit was only 14 more minutes away or more to gauge if first chair was halfway out a third up. So got to summit in 41 minutes so technically the first chair is a third of the way up as I kept pace and powered up. Woowoonga has great coverage as even though we were climbing in the middle of the day the trees and thick forest kept it all cool to hike. Descending was 15 minutes to chair then 7 minutes to beginning. A new record for woowoonga up and down 1 hour 3 minutes after Walsh was a great effort. Should've stretched more as legs died a couple days later for about 4 days haha so always stretch its my tip for woowoonga
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 😊