This time going up I was not alone. My personal trainer Tom, Pete and Pete’s dad also Toms clients wanting a challenge made up the crew.
Distance: approx 11kms return
Time: 4:30 – 5:00 hours
Grade: Medium, Hard
Start: School road, Halls Gap
Note: distance is approx as it is about 5.5 km return from school road to the wonderland car park and approx 5.5 km return from the wonderland car park to the pinnacle via the Grand Canyon and Silent Street.
The two noticeable difference between being on your own and being with others – I found I whinged more and pushed a bit harder on the way up.
Would I want to go with others again? Sure…only infrequently though.
I reckon Tom should create a walking group…hmm maybe I might create one to encourage the whole life balance thing. Incorporating fun, outdoor exercise outside of the gym…worth thinking about. I wouldn’t have minded a friend when starting out.
Anywho, this was another great day in the Grampians. We parked just off School Road, went through the Grampians Flora Botanic Garden, up past Venus baths heading to Splitters Falls.
It was about this time that Pete’s dad called it a day, he did get in a good 20 minutes though which I thought was good going all things considered.
So we were down to three.
Became slightly distracted by the two huge ants fighting over food. The size of the alone had me amused for a couple of minutes.
Tom and Pete waiting patiently as I muck around – I’m pretty sure though that the slight break was welcomed. This section of the walk was quite strenuous and I was glad for the water for a bit of cool relief. I am loving the head sox, I can soak them and they keep your head cool, they absorb the head/forehead sweat perfectly – I could go on!
The way we went was not the same way I had gone the last time I attempted this walk – we took the longer way around through the ‘Grand Canyon’ which you can not compare to the Grand Canyon in America – it should be called baby C. Then through Silent Street – and yes I had to be loud and noisy cause of the sign.
We came across a cool chamber and yes it was cool – but me trying to point to myself indicating my coolness…didn’t quite pan out the way I thought it would. lol I look like some mad women on the loose in the bush – ah well, whatdya do? Some people got it and some just don’t.
hmmm… if you want a sneaky break, just take photos – although Tom is use to my procrastination tricks and apparently Pete uses them as well…shoe needs tying, for the third time in 30mins, need to take a photo of a tree – it all works.
Australia has some beautiful bush and great walks, nothing says Australia like the dirt, rocks and scrub – a whole other kind of beauty. Such stark contrast walking through the Redwoods in Rotorua, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and walking through the scrub in the Grampians.
There are a few places along the track where it narrows considerably. Good to see though that my booty has shrunk enough not to have to go through sideways this time!
We are about 2-3 kms away from the top here although Tom kept trying to say it was only 20 mins away over an hour. Pete and I both knew that was shit but were too busy focused on walking to argue. By this time I’d pretty much stopped whining.
The view at the top was worth it though – as it always is. I love that feeling of insignificance – the affirmation that in the grand scheme of the earth, of the universe we are here for but a nano second. And that Papatuanuku (the earth mother) will continue to roll weather we are here or not.
Anywho, enough of the contemplation. It was great to be able to take a bit of a break. Annoyed at how much rubbish there was up there, not a good look at all.
By the time we got back to the bottom I was ready for a cigarette, felt great, finally finished the Pinnacle.