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the_day_I_did_not_climb_mt_warning_Sat_28th_July_2007


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On this day I was all psyched up to climb the great Aussie mountain where Australia's day starts. That is, it's peak is the first point on the Aussie mainland which sees the sun rise. So at that moment the peak is in daylight while all around it is still in darkness. Later on I plan to view this great spectacle. However on this day to my great disappointment, I along with every other climber was denied access because they were flying a helicopter around the mountain for maintenance of some of the steps up the track. Mount Warning is in the Tweed Valley of Northern New South Wales just south of the Queensland border and about a 150 Km drive south of Brisbane's city centre.

138 files, last one added on Oct 13, 2007

mt_warning_Sat_15th_September_2007


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Seven weeks later I finally got to climb the WORLD'S LARGEST AND OLDEST EXTINCT VOLCANO--MOUNT WARNING which last erupted about 23 million years ago. I started the 4 and a half kilometre walk up the mountain at 9:45 and got to the top 2 hours later. I took my time taking photos on the way up, and near the end was a steep rock climb where you used a chain to assist you on the way up. You need to be fairly fit and prepared with proper footwear, water and food, as well as starting early enough, but I still saw some silly people on my way back down at about 2:30 climbing up in just shorts and thongs, which will be ripped apart when you get to the chain assisted rock climb. You will see photos of signs warning people not to start the climb too late as people have got lost in the dark, but people still disregard the warnings. However, it is a great climb and a fantastic view at the top.

158 files, last one added on Oct 13, 2007

mt_warning_Sat_12th_April_2008


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Mt Warning again, but this time I climbed up with my best mate's son, Simon. It was a beautiful day, but on the climb up it won't seem that way because the mountain on that day lived up to it's aboriginal name of Wollumbin--"Cloud Catcher". A huge cloud encompassed the entire peak and the track was damp and in patches very muddy. When we first got to the top you could see no view, but gradually the cloud cleared to a degree to allow shots to be taken

66 files, last one added on Apr 13, 2008

mount_warning_morning_sunset_Saturday_18th_april_2009


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I arrived at the car park at Mt Warning at 03:00am, and arrived at the summit about 04:45, half an hour or so before first light. It was a pleasant temperature at the car park, but when I arrived at the summit it was freezing!!! As the sun rose, it gradually warmed up. The idea apart from seeing the brilliant sunrise, was to get a glimpse of the peak of Mt Warning being bathed in sunlight, while it's surrounds were still in darkness---Mt Warning being where Australia's day starts. That effect was not as pronounced as I expected, but the sunrise was more than brilliant enough to make the early early morning trip and it's freezing cold more than worthwhile.

158 files, last one added on Aug 31, 2009

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