I recently came back from a road trip in Western Australia, and while there, I climbed Bluff Knoll which (according to Wiki) is a peak in the Stirling Range in the south-west of Western Australia (WA). It is 1,099 metres (3,606 ft) above sea level,and is one of only a few places to experience regular snowfalls in Western Australia, with some snow reported in most years. Although Bluff Knoll is sometimes claimed to be the highest point in WA, the highest peak is actually Mount Meharry in Karijini National Park in the Hamersley Range, which is 1,249 metres (4,098 ft) above sea level.
Don’t let the warm sight of the top fool you. As mentioned, rapid changes in temperature occured and this was no execption
Distance : 5km return
Time needed: 3-4 hours, we did it in approximately 3.3hrs with mini breaks along the way
Each climb leaves me with a different memory and sure enough, this didn’t disappoint. At one point along the way, we saw an eagle soaring majestically in the air, gliding effortlessly. It was magnificent to say the least. There wasn’t a better timing at that moment to see one, given the situation..
Halfway up, the climb got colder and as forewarned, the temperature changed rather drastically and then rain fell lightly.. I didn’t mind though, it was nice to feel the drops on my face. There is a small flow of water gently flowing down, you will have to pass this in order to get to the top and amazingly, I didn’t slip as my Puma Mobium were not meant for trails at all.
the trails changes gradually
I did fall 3/4 up only because I wasn’t paying attention and it was so cold up there that the blood couldn’t even trickle out and kind of froze which was a good thing because I didn’t have any plasters to stop the bleeding. A nasty bruise appeared on the shins a few days after but nothing that said long term damage.
I realise I have a knack for reaching the top quickly. It seems every step I take energizes me to take the next one and I can’t scarcely wait to reach the summit. Going down is a whole different story and that is when I switch into tortoise mode on the way back.
Anyway, the view at the top is brilliant and the ever-changing cloud formations were a delight to watch. With clouds covering the scenery in front of you one moment, I could not see anything at all and then like a magician who waves his wand, they mysteriously disappear in no time and then you can see the splendour of it all.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
I would have taken more photos if not for the fact that my iphone’s battery cannot withstand cold temperatures and even though I had 25% left, it just died at the most crucial period, that is, when I saw the most beautiful rainbow. Drat. But never mind, it has been etched in my memory for the rest of my life.
Tips of climbing Bluff Knoll:
1. Make sure you go to the toilet way before hand.
2. A thick jacket is a must, never mind how hot you feel at the beginning.
3. Make sure you have a camera, especially if you are one of those snap happy people
4. Wear the right shoes, aka ones with grip as the paths can get slippery on some parts.
5. Walking stick is optional but if you have bad knees then it’s advisable.
6. Climb with someone, having company is so much better
Have you guys climbed any other mountains or peaks? Share your experience!
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Mount Kota Kinabalu 4095.2m
Mount Brinchang 2031 m
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