Walsh's Pyramid


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April 27th 2013
Published: April 27th 2013
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Went for a really intense hike today.

The place is called Walsh's Pyramid in Gordonvale, a little ways south of Cairns. It's a natural pyramid shaped mountain that is really cool!

Hillary, who's a housemate at the place I'm staying (go CouchSurfing!), took me. We took a couple buses over to Gordonvale from Cairns and tackled the mountain. The mountain hike is about 4-5km with 922 m (3000 feet!) of elevation gain. For those of you in the know, it's about 4 hikes up the A in a row, but usually steeper terrain.

Vegetation was pretty dense. Not super dense rain forest, but very pretty nonetheless. After getting slightly lost for about half an hour, we made it to the top in about 2.5 hours, and another hour or so back down.

I guess we both underestimated the difficulty. We ran out of water about halfway down (not up, fortunately). Since from the base of the mountain it was another 2km walk to the bus stop (and a convenience store), it was rough. It was hot and I can't remember the last time I felt so dehydrated. 1L of PowerAde to the rescue. Normally I wouldn't drink the stuff, but damn that felt good.

Pretty beat for tonight! What a great day!


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