Well known for our love of getting lost in the wild, last week was no exception as the team embarked on a challenging climb towards the summit of Queensland's highest mountain- the infamous Chooreechillum Mountain, known locally as the Bartle Frere.
Chooreechillum stands at 5332ft above sea level and definitely gave us the challenge we were looking for. A spontaneous decision to attempt the climb saw us on a quick dash around the shops for hike appropriate items. We emerged with a pop up tent (we would later discover was not waterproof) and some peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Sometimes fundraisers are too happy-go-lucky for their own good lol. With minimal preparation, off we trotted in the fixed unshakable belief that the mountain was no match for our positive attitudes. The drive there was pretty spectacular, rolling green hills fringed with tropical jungles and as the Bartle Frere came into view nothing could have prepared us for the never ending journey that lay before us.
All that said, we were all glad we did it. We burnt more than a few calories and we all felt INCREDIBLE when we got off the mountain and had a warm cup of tea and a hot shower. It was all worth it for that feeling alone.
If we can survive the Bartle Frere we can survive anything. Bartle frere, we salute you.