Living in a Marsupial World
 
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Some intricate Tetras packing.
We're finally out of Noosa! After a few extra days at our friend Grant's place and a successful building/welding of a shed in his back yard, we've used our tetris skills to pack up Alby and get on the road. We all really wanted to do an initial camping trip and see some of the surrounding national park areas, so we headed to the Glass House Mountains - about an hour south of Noosa and north of Brisbane. 

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The area is fairly flat, save for seven spectacular and very oddly shaped mountains all spread out across a small section of land. Each one is unique and has special significance for the local Aborigines. We arrived fairly late in the day so we just set up camp at a central camping and caravan park for the night. There was a full moon that evening, which was spectacular, and we were caught off guard by a partial lunar eclipse! Test #1 of our camping village = success.

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 The next day we packed up and drove to the base of Mt. Tibrogargan in hopes of climbing to the summit. The summit trail was rated a Class 5 on the Aussie hiking system and was described to be for "experienced climbers only." Having no concept of what this actually meant compared to what we're used to in Colorado, we decided to give it a go and see how far we were capable of going. After a bit of switchbacking through the trees, we made it to the open rock face section of the trail that went 3 Kms straight up to the top. As we scrambled up a few of the first rocks, a 10-year-old kid came down past us with a big grin after having climbed to the summit completely barefoot. It was both encouraging and completely humbling at the same time. We all felt like wusses for wearing shoes and now there was the threat of humiliation if 4 twenty-somethings failed to make it all the way after this young punk of  a kid did it with naked feet. Time to man up.

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The views kept getting more spectacular as we climbed, as did the incline of the rock and the realization that the down climb might suck hard. The hike was ridiculously fun though - about as steep as you could go for rock climbing/scrambling without technical gear. The summit was actually rather disappointing in terms of views as it was fairly flat and covered in brush, but still incredibly satisfying and beautiful. The down climb wasn't as intense as we had predicted on the way up, but we did have to hustle to beat some rain clouds that threatened to leave us stranded on top. After all the climbing, scrambling, and crab-walking, our bodies weren't too happy in the days after, but it was well worth it.  

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Summit Lunch - Peanut Butter Jelly Time!
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Ben of course did some mean fly fishing at our second riverside campsite :)
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Camp Karate
Dad
7/12/2010

Thanks for the updates, you two. Worth waiting for. What great edventures.

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