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    Climbing Bartle frere

    Hi All, (hopefully),, i,ll be going up Bartle Frere, ,in 2 weeks time. Ive got one mate organised to come with me. Any wanna-be,s on this site?
    This will be my 5th time, something different for my 50th.
    Laurie.

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    Happy climbing and don't forget the pics.
    Numpty

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    Hi all, my climbing trip of Bartle Frere finished, today. It was done over 2 days, to make it a far more enjoyable, less physicaly stressful activity, ,and to allow time for extra,s, like chilling out on some of the rock outcrops, to enjoy the magnificent views. For all those interested in bird watching, this also meant that we had some spare time, to try to get some pictures of the rare, endangered, and very ellusive Golden Bower bird, and his bower. These guys are only found, at altitude.
    We camped, overnight, right at the top, so for a short time, we were the 2 highest qlders, while still being firmly on the ground. Watched the sun set over the Atherton tablelands, and rise over the coast. Didn,t get to see much of the coastal scenery, due to cloud cover, but it was great to watch the clouds form, and get blown up the mountain towards us, since we were looking down onto them.
    I still have to download quite a few photo,s as well as get some from my mate, paul, and then work out, how to post them on here. (any offers of help or info?)
    Rgds, Laurie.

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    Hi Laurie,
    I'm glad that you took the time to enjoy it. It's a "walk" I haven't yet done.

    I'm really keen to see the pics.

    Best Wishes,
    Peter

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    Sounds great, it will be good to see pics

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    My goodness it's been years since I went over. It brings back memories. We camped at the old tin mine site at the top (South side) near the creek. The walk is so different one side from the other, as the South is so steep and the North is so open.

    This is a very good walk.

    Regards,
    PeterW
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    Yep, a great walk. We did up and back from the east in a day in the wet season. There wasn't a great view from the summit due to the cloud then a huge thunderclap hit so we bolted down as fast as we could in case the creek flooded.

    After running down, I could barely walk for days...

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    How much scarring from weather is there at the moment? Is the clear area (South side) a couple of minutes from the boulders still evident? Boy am I interested in returning.

    Regards,
    PeterW
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    Puma 110 Gonski

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    Sorry I got excited,
    How did you recover? Did the rise after Broken Nose burn your thighs? And, finally, how are the creek crossings at the bottom and at Broken Nose?

    Guess I am still elated, stirrrred a bit, good on you well done.

    Peter
    98-110 Defender Freelander TD4
    2.2 130
    Puma 110 Gonski

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    It was about 10 years ago now I climbed it.

    The ranger warned us about the creek, hence the run/scramble down as fast as we could when the thunder hit. There was not much rain that day though.

    My thighs were sore the following day, but worse the day after. So bad infact that I was walking across the tarmac at Mt Isa to my aircraft when one leg just gave way and I fell down like a sack of spuds, much to the amusement/consternation of a load of MacAir passengers nearby walking in from their aircraft to the terminal

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