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Climbing Mount Tibrogargan - Glasshouse Mountains

Posted by: under Climbing, Hiking, Leisure and recreation, Recreation, Parks and recreation Updated: April 10, 2012 - 9:14 AM

Just a few days ago I went on a day hike/climb with my boyfriend and a few others. Now, I am a girl who is used to the backpacking sort of hiking/climbing because I grew up going on hikes in Montana with my family. But, I would have to say that this hike/climb was something entirely different. The Mountain we climbed was Mount Tibrogargan. It was a beautiful day for hiking and being outside. I was excited to climb my first Glasshouse Mountain. I had wanted to climb it when I was here the other year, but hadn't gotten the chance to. The mountains were formed over millions of years ago by volcanic activity. 

I am always fascinated by history wherever I go and I found out that the history of these mountains are intertwined with the Aboriginal and European history. Captain James Cook saw them and thought they resembled the Glasshouse Furnaces in England, which is what inspired the name "Glasshouse Mountains". (For more information on the Glasshouse Mountains check out the link below the picture and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_House_Mountains_(Queensland) )

 

 

On our way up to the base of the mountain, I found myself in love with the smells of nature. It is a Eucalypt forest. It's fresh and cleansing scent is definitely one scent that I love a lot!

The hike to the mountain wasn't overly bad, but as soon as we started climbing the mountain it changed completely. I have never climbed a mountain in the sense of hanging onto the mountain for your life, because one bad move could cause harm to you or someone else. But, I guess that is true in any extreme sport. I was happy to go climbing with the group I went with. My boyfriend is afraid of heights and had told me about the first time he had climbed Tibrogargan. He had worried about the heights a lot, but at the end of this hike with me he told me he didn't have time to think about himself because he was too busy thinking about me. I am definitely appreciative of him and our friends that knew the mountain well enough to guide us all. 

 

I was not completely sure, what to think about this... :P

I was not completely sure, what to think about this.

 

It was definitely an interesting experience. The view from the top was definitely worth it. I give credit to my Mom and Dad for always telling me that... "Devin, the view from the top will be beautiful and worth it." 

 

our Groupy! :)

Our Group

From left to right: Peter Ede (great friend of Johan and mine), Johan, Me, Amelia (Johan's sister in-law), Piet (Johan's brother), and Steve Strudwick (another great friend of ours).

 

Up over the mountain... steep.

Up over the mountain... steep.

 

This picture doesn't show the steepness. It was much steeper than this. 

 

I was happy to be up on top! Finally!!

I was happy to be up on top! Finally!!

 

 

The view on top

The view from the top

 

On the top we took a break and looked at the beautiful landscape below. I got so many ideas for my fictional novel that I am writing. It was a breath of fresh air. 

 

On the way down - we went down like this the whole way!

On the way down - we went down like this the whole way!

 

When we started getting closer to the bottom, I was definitely excited and very tired. It was my "first" climbing experience outdoors and without ropes.

 

the view on the way down was breath-taking as well

The view on the way down was breath-taking as well

 

It was a beautiful day! I definitely enjoyed it and will do it again sometime. 

If you are on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia make sure you look into hiking/climbing the Glasshouse Mountains, but make sure to be careful.
•Know your way, bring water
•climb with friends
•don't climb down too late - otherwise you will have little light for the climb down
•Be sure to bring your cell phone, emergency numbers, and also a camera (preferably a smaller one).
•Don't hike while it rains or after as it will make the rocks slippery

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