Second Block of Hiking Training Finished – with a hilly 5hrs!!

Saturday was our last training session for hiking group in our second block. We now have a week off for Easter, then 5 weeks until D-Day (departure day, FYI!).

The trail was the final session after 6 weeks of stairs training, hills, weights, and long strolls through local bushland.

Dave, Jade, and Clare have been practising with their “Hill Hikes” – multiple times up and down the plateau, plus long reef, every Thursday. So were well equipped to tackle this 5hr hike from St Ives to Bobbin Head.

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The day started with magical Casuarina forests, but the magic died pretty quick with a steep, plunging track into a deep, deep, valley. We made it down unscathed, then began a relatively mild course along the river to our picnic site at Bobbin Head. This unlikely setting was the first of a few stacks – with a tree awkwardly across the path. We had one stack it attempting to get under it, and another attempting to get over it, and a few close calls in between!

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The picnic sight was terribly civilised, and we had an opportunity to grab beer, coffee, water, and food, and to pee in a proper toilet. Not that we all took up these opportunities, with Clare having to duck off on more than one occasion. Once was in mangroves, surrounded by little crabs – she was careful to keep her butt well above the mud….!!

We chose a longer route to return by, which involved some heavy climbing up a convict-built road, before descending again to meet up with the trail we came in on for the steep climb up. This is where we had a couple more falls, as everyone was tired, and the road was steep – climbing with our hands over some of the steps!

We made it out in one piece however! It was a great confidence boost for our team when they realised that it was as long as our longest day in Nepal.

Enjoy Easter, and we are back for our last block of training on the 11th April! Yeow!

Di waiting for Dave, returning to the group after being caught watering a tree...!

Di waiting for Dave, returning to the group after being caught watering a tree…!

Summit pic!

Summit pic!

The schools of fish in McCarrolls Creek

The schools of fish in McCarrolls Creek

The view from the Mangroves

The view from the Mangroves

A delicate flower lining the track

A delicate flower lining the track

Barbara "can't get under it" , then Karyn "can't get over it" (like "we're going to a bear hunt"!)

Barbara “can’t get under it” , then Karyn “can’t get over it” (like “we’re going to a bear hunt”!)

Our first silly panny

Our first silly panny

Early morning sunshine over McCarrolls Creek

Early morning sunshine over McCarrolls Creek

Our first moments in the valley

Our first moments in the valley

Dave doing the Summit Pic on Long Reef last Thursday, with Jade and I in his sunnies

Dave doing the Summit Pic on Long Reef last Thursday, with Jade and I in his sunnies

The view from Ramsey St stairs on Thursday

The view from Ramsey St stairs on Thursday’s training session

Casuarina Forest

Casuarina Forest

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