Dec 08 01
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One of the objectives of visiting Brisbane was to climb at the Glasshouse Mountain National Park. These are strange looking vertical lumps of rock about an hour north of Brisbane – remnants of volcanoes that were active about 25 million years ago.

Why the Glass House Mountains...

Why the Glass House Mountains...

We had a few logistics to sort out early Saturday morning, so by the time we got to Tibrogargan – the mountain with the most climbing routes – the day was very hot and very humid. We decided we should just attempt Caves Route, a scramble that gets you to the top. However, after being attacked by a million mosquitos and with sweat just pouring off us, we had to abandon the route, down climb, and make our way to the beach for a refreshing splash in the surf.

Anna and Ian on the scramble just before we turned round

Anna and Ian on the scramble just before we turned round

Not to be deterred, me and Pete decided to get back to Tibrogargan the next day. We chose the even easier route to be sure we got to the top.

It was still a scramble, but at a more friendly angle. The sun was very hot, but the day wasn’t quite as humid.

Pete on the ascent of Tibrogargan

Pete on the ascent of Tibrogargan

Laetitia contemplating the decent with Beerwah and Coonowrin in the background

Laetitia contemplating the decent with Beerwah and Coonowrin in the background

Afterwards we toured the area, stopped off for ice cold mocha and banana and chocolate smoothie with strawberry and white chocolate muffin (got to get those five a day somehow!), and then went for another splash in the surf.

The ascent clearly visible on Tibrogargan

The ascent clearly visible on Tibrogargan

The Glass House mountains are wonderful – but it’s just a bit too hot to be thinking of climbing them right now.

Series - Australia 2008

  1. Australian Rock
  2. Blue Mountains
  3. The Australian Alps
  4. I’m a climber get me out of here!
  5. The Greatest Crag in the World … ?
  6. Farewell to Arapiles … for now …
  7. G’day Kats
  8. Emu Holiday Park
  9. Hello Grampians
  10. Crikey! Australia Zoo
  11. Glass House Mountains
  12. Rainforest meets Reef
  13. Quizzing in Sydney
  14. Reunion in Kiama
  15. The end of the Australian Adventure
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