|Climbing under and up!|
It's been a while since I've done one of those 'I can't believe I'm doing this' Kate Crazy Adventure. But, today was one of them.
One of my 12 personal challenges for this round (we're supposed to do 3 milestones, I love them so much I do 12!) was to 'Find a new mountain, and climb it.' I do my regular mountains around here, and they're great, but I wanted to try something new.
I didn't have to go far to find one, because just after I made the goal, my little brother, Nick, and his partner, bought a 44 acre property that went from a valley and up over a mountain! My little brother now owns a mountain! Okay, it's not the entire mountain, but his property extends to the top and over a little bit, so to me that is practically like having your own mountain :)
|Find a new mountain. And climb it.|
|My brand new steel cap boots...$10 from a charity sale this week!|
I made a date about a month in advance and invited a stack of my local 12WBT friends to join me.
Nick offered to climb it first, to make sure it was doable, and to mark out a bit of a trail.
Now Nick, (together with our other brother), is like this most amazing brother. He and his partner climbed it twice, and cleared some of the scrub for us. They put some red tape on scattered trees to the top - and when he went back to check it for us yesterday and noticed the red tape had started falling off, he climbed it a third time, and this time tied string the whole way up, so that we wouldn't get lost. Not only that, the string was
|Nick's treasure map :)|
He sent me photos, videos, Google Earth images, mud maps, land division maps, offered me his machete and Camelbak to take (if I needed to clear more lantana), and offered to pick us up at the top of the mountain and drive us back to our cars. He also dragged a piece of carpet partway up the mountain to put on top of some barbed wire. He is just incredible.
In the end, it ended up being just my beautiful friend Alana, my
|Mum, me and Alana :)|
|Mum crawling over the carpet on barbed wire|
As with all of my crazy adventures, I plan them with the bravest and naive intentions and then the day before start to freak out and wonder what I've gotten myself into. This was no exception. My mum started talking about how she was going to bring a snake bite kit, her CPR mouth piece, (she just did her first aid/CPR refresher last week) ;) , stuff for broken bones and first aid kit....my friend reminded me to be aware of standing on snakes....all of this talk was freaking me out! I was fine planning it, making an event on Facebook wasn't very scary to do. But the day before, with all of this talk, I started realising the dangers. Oh my gosh what was I doing? I was really worried about seeing animals and freaking out. I was worried about my mum. She's in no way elderly, but, well, she's my mum! I started doubting the whole thing - I've never done anything before that had a list of things that I needed to bring that included a snake bite kit,
machete and steel cap boots.
Last night, I really wanted to cancel. It was dangerous, scary, and I've had an awful week. I actually should have been lying down at home. And you know what? I just wasn't looking forward to it. I wondered why I made the goal in the first place. To be honest I was prepared to give up on the goal all together, which is never like me. But I wouldn't let people down...and besides, when I rang Nick to check on last minute details, and he said he was putting the string up, I
|The start of the walk. WHERE DO WE WALK??|
I woke up early this morning, praying that both Mum and Alana had texted me to say they weren't coming. There were no texts. Damnit. LOL
We got to the property, at the base of the mountain, and searched for good sticks to walk with. There was a bit of a miscommunication about the machete, and I didn't end up getting to bring it. Which is probably a good thing, seeing as I not too long ago, thought a machete was a gun....can you tell I'm a bit of a girly girl?? I didn't tell Nick that, as he probably wouldn't have lent it to me in that case haha!
|This string was the best idea!|
We started looking for the first bit of string...red string.
Even though I knew about the untouched terrain, I was still shocked when I saw the red string. I must have been fantasicing that there'd be at least a little clearing? Nope. It was like string had been dropped from the sky into thick bushland, through trees. THIS was the start? Where on earth were we meant to walk?? I think my exact words were "are you freaking kidding me?? This is the start??"
I felt a bit like Jane from Tarzan and Jane as we navigated the vines and trees. Actually, the whole way I felt like a combo of Jane, Bear Grylls, Maria Von Trapp (scaling the Austrian alps) and John Oxley, the explorer I did an assignment on in Year 4. 'Kate Jane Von Trapp-Grylls-Oxley'. Yep, that was me, today. 'Kate Von Trapp-Grylls' for short. We were pioneers! (With coloured string to show us the way...........practically the same thing that those guys would have had). ;)
It was tough. My heart rate peaked at 169 but stayed at fairly high numbers the whole time.
She just went for it!
At one point I had to crawl under some vines and it was intense...I couldn't get out straight away. I remember thinking that this is one of those insane moments in my life...I'm on the side of a mountain, in a ball, trapped in the middle of vines. What am I doing? It was fine, but really...what am I doing? Who was I? The bush princess!
So many times we got to the bottom of a rocky incline and were just like "wow, ok, how are we going to tackle this one?" But we did it each time. Alana pretty much navigated the whole way.
And what kept us going, was that amazing string. We
|Beautiful view looking out to Moreton Bay|
There were beautiful views of Brisbane's Moreton Bay, from about halfway up, and we stopped for water and (and one Carman's Dark Choc Blueberry, Seed & Nut bar) breaks often. :)
Apart from powerhouse Alana, what really impressed me, was my Mum.
I did not give her credit. My 58 year old mother powered up that mountain! She crawled under trees and pulled us over the carpet barbed wire and over rocks and encouraged us and kept going! She was so fit and agile and to be honest, was better and faster at this than me! I am so impressed by her. I don't know that she's ever done anything like this before! She also wanted to walk down the mountain! Alana and I were keen for the lift! When we encouraged her out of going back down the way we came, she then wanted to walk the roads - the LONG way around, which winded up to another mountain, then back down to my car. The only reason she agreed not to do that, was that Nick estimated it would have taken about 6-8 hours, and we had places to be!
We eventually got to the end of the blue string. It was an amazing feeling. It was next to an
|Kate and mum Von Trapp|
We felt accomplished. Mum and Alana discussed their FitBit steps (I recently gave Mum a FitBit Flex and she loves it) :) and I kept checking my Polar calories. We were pretty proud. Now, it was time for bacon and coffee. We just needed to find the cafe that Nick and his family were meeting us at for breakfast.... We were a bit lost with no coloured string! After a call to Nick, we worked out where to go and I think we all wanted to cry when we realised we then had to climb another ridge, to get to the main road, to then walk a kilometre, to get to
|My amazing mum!|
We got to the main road, almost dancing down it in pure pleasure to be on bitumen and so close to coffee/Diet Coke! On the way, Alana spotted an injured kookaburra! We had seen no animals really in the bushland, then see one on the side of the main road. It
|The end of the string!|
Instead, Nick's partner (and Nick) used to be emergency wildlife carers (of all the people we could have been meeting!) so instead, Nick drove back and picked up the kookaburra, wrapped it up and they've taken it to the vet.
And that's it! It took us just under 4 hours to climb, and that was including the kookaburra phone call. Nick said it was an 850m climb but Mum and Alana's FitBits said
we walked about 5-8km. It was about a 50% gradient and I burnt just under 1700 calories. And we had bacon and eggs :)
|Beautiful heart Alana checking on the kookaburra|
All I wanted after that was a shower and to chill out, but I had to run straight to Marathon School. It's now Saturday night and I am yet to have a shower. I feel so gross! I am off to have one now :)
I can now tick this challenge off! Nick's Mountain has been climbed!
Love, the very brave Kate Jane Von Trapp-Grylls-Oxley xx ;)
|My scratches. Like Bear Grylls|
|We climbed that!|
|The amazing Alana|
|One of those "how do we get up there" moments|
|The vines I got tangled in|
|We were in the thick of it!|
|Ahhh goal tower|
|The second ridge we had to climb up! :(|
|One of the butterflies!|
|Mum very excited about her coffee!|
|And I got a selfie with the machete ;)|