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Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mount Bartle Frere - Eastern Approach (Wooroonooran National Park)
16 May, 2021
Very Hard
15km return
12 hrs
We’re two girls in our late twenties of above average fitness and decent hiking experience. This took us just about 8 hours return as a day hike - 4 hours up and 4 hours down, but our descent was slower because of one dodgy knee. We hiked on a clear day in May without much recent rainfall. The first 3K had minimal elevation gain but it got steeper after that. From about halfway up the ground was wet but not too muddy. From the start of the boulderfield onwards it was much colder, wetter, quite windy and very misty, no real views from the top for us today!
We took around 4L water each but didn’t need that much, only drank ~2L. We also took light fleeces as well as waterproof jackets which we were glad to have at the top. In terms of leeches we were pretty lucky, only found about 20 each, mostly on our legs and most before they had attached properly - we had thick socks, wore exercise tights and liberally sprayed 40% DEET, reapplying a few times during the hike too.
After reading previous reviews, we were initially worried that we’d bitten off more than we could chew trying to do this as a day hike within a reasonable time frame, but it’s definitely achievable if you’re relatively fit and well prepared!