Hiking Group Week 3 – Pipeline, Middle Harbour, and Cascades Trail

On Saturday we completed a slow 8km hike through the Garrigal National Park.

We started in Davidson, and walked to the “Pipeline” trail, which is a very steep descent into the park.

The steep Pipeline track section

The steep Pipeline track section

We all made it to the bottom of Pipeline standing up!

We all made it to the bottom of Pipeline standing up!

Our hiking group were all pretty sore from the week before, so we were definitely grateful that the rest of the hike was relatively flat. What we were not grateful for was the abundance of leeches. For the entire “middle harbour” trail section, we were hiking and fidgeting and flinging leeches off our shoes. It go so bad that Clare gave up and let them suck until they came off.

Some of the hiking was very narrow

Some of the hiking was very narrow

A leech trying to infiltrate Jade's boot

A leech trying to infiltrate Jade’s boot

We had a moment and a snack at the Cascades waterfall, before the steep hike out along the “cascades” trail.

 It's nice to see some of the team wearing their team shirts!

It’s nice to see some of the team wearing their team shirts!

A little break at Cascades.

A little break at Cascades.

Trish was leading the group as per usual (you have to run to get in front of her, and then she’ll run to get in front of you, so most of us just dodder along behind her). She fell over twice, but thankfully didn’t hurt herself. She had lent her walking sticks to Mags and was not as stable without them. She finished the hike with a stiff upper lip (and first).

Trish leading the group with all her friends

Trish leading the group with all her friends

Kass has a torn medial crucial ligament, and limped much of the trail. She struggled on some of the big rocks (going down), but if it weren’t for the fact I saw her take panadol and neurofen you would never have known how difficult it was for her!

Wildflowers on the trail

Wildflowers on the trail

Mags hadn’t slept the night before because she was anxious about the hike. For the first time she was in touch with the team the whole time, and finished exhilarated and proud of herself. Karyn, Jodi, and Jade were especially helpful in looking out for our slower team members. Sandra and Di were especially well prepared with aero guard, panadol, and salt for the leeches, and were generous in sharing them! Di got out her aero guard out to use herself, when the rear-enders came around the corner and saw her with it. 7 people used it, and almost took off with it before she had her turn!

The Middle Harbour trail is nothing if not picturesque!

The Middle Harbour trail is nothing if not picturesque!

Lush hiking

Lush hiking

The hike took us 2 & 1/2 hours, because there is a lot of rock clambering, squeezing, and weaving. The steep Cascades trail to get back to our cars is a particularly brutal end to the hike, and we pottered off for a well earned coffee afterwards!

Next week hiking group is going to do Manly Dam. Contact the gym if you want to join in! You can support our charity by buying hiking group or Seven Women products from our website: https://into-you.com.au/shop/ . You can read about Seven Women at http://sevenwomen.org

Post-hike coffee

Post-hike coffee

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