To celebrate the 5th anniversary of our summit of Kili on Saturday, 17th September 2011, I have finally gotten around to posting my story of the climb. This is a very abridged version of my journal, and a longer version of the story “Africa on high”, published in AG Outdoor in November 2011.
On 19th June I set out on one of my biggest challenges ever. Angela (my niece), Mark (my nephew), Shannon (Angela’s husband) and I participated in the Oxfam Trailwalker 100 kilometre walk from the Maiala picnic ground on Mt Glorious to JC Slaughter Falls car park on Mt Coot tha. Paul and Heather (my eldest sister and Angela and Mark’s mum) were our support crew for the weekend.
I decided to spend the weekend in Adelaide after being here for a few days for work. But I’m in training for the Oxfam so I decided I needed to go for a walk today.
I walked from my hotel in the north of the city grid down to Glenelg and then along the foreshore and back to catch a tram back into the city. I knew I was in danger of getting rained on, but I made the full 30 kms without a drop of rain; but I finished just in the nick of time.
By the time I got back to the city it was raining and bloody cold, about 12oC according to the BOM site. I don’t mind being cold or wet, but I don’t like being cold and wet. Well, that’s not quite true, I don’t like being cold at all…
I spent last weekend training for the Oxfam Trailwalker. Over Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I walked all 7 sections of the trail. Excluding a few bits that aren’t open until event day, or are just backtracks, I walked 90 of the 100 kilometre trail.
It was one of the best weekends I have spent for a long time. I got to spend time in the amazing D’Aguilar National Park to Brisbane’s north and west. I also got to spend a day with Angela (my niece) and with Heather (my sister). On Saturday Angela and I walk sections 1 and 2 (about 25 kms); on Sunday I completed sections 3, 4, and 5 (about 42 kms), and on Monday, Heather and I completed the walk (sections 6 and 7 – 23 kms).
Angela and I are half of the Family Fellas team (with Angela’s husband Shannon, and her brother, my nephew, Mark) that have entered the Brisbane Oxfam Trailwalker next month.
We have to raise funds, so if you want to donate to help us achieve our goal, and to help Oxfam continue to help people in need all over the world (including survivors of the multiple Nepalese earthquakes) then follow this link to our team page.
This weekend I came to Mackay to celebrate Mum’s 76th birthday. My sister and brother came too and with them there to spend the day with Mum, I went for a walk.
Mackay put on a postcard perfect Autumn day. Clear blue sky, with the temperature hitting 30 after lunch.
I walked along the river walk all the way to Town Beach and then all the way the other way to the Botanic Gardens. Mackay was at her best; the scenery was splendid.
I walked 31 kms and loved every step. Here’s the track from my GPS. Believe me, if you are ever in Mackay, take a walk along the river walk. The Pioneer River is one of only two blue-water rivers in Queensland and today it was at its best!
Just off the coast of Queensland are the three largest sand islands in the world. The largest is the world heritage listed Fraser Island, about 200 km north of Brisbane. The second largest is North Stradbroke Island, off Brisbane’s southern coast. Immediately north of North Stradbroke and forming the eastern boundary of Moreton Bay is Moreton Island. Moreton Island is the third largest of these.
On New Year’s Day we visited Moreton for perhaps the fourth time.