Climbing Mt Gillen

I had never climbed a mountain before, at least not intentionally so when the girls from work suggested climbing Mount Gillen I was very keen. Mount Gillen is situated just outside of Alice Springs and is 2404 ft / 733 m in height.

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As you can see pictured above the final part of the climb is a bit of a scramble to the top, this was my favourite part as it felt like true mountain climbing and was a new experience for me. Looking behind me was a no go so I powered through and once at the top I was overcome with pride.

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The area is home to many roos who seem to have no problem manouvering this steep descent. They bound accross the rocky terrain and hop elegantly down steep surfaces. This guy pictured above watched us intently as we climbed and admired the view from his home.

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One tip I will hand is to climb down before the sun sets as we ended up climbing a fair way in the dark which was pretty difficult. If you bring a torch then bring a head torch so you have your hands free, because of all the rain Alice Springs has had during the winterthere are now deep gullys and unsteady rocky areas.

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That concludes this weeks post, I am so proud of myself for making up this mountain and I would love to do it again especially at sunrise. I highly recommend climbing if you are in Alice Springs as the view is unlike any other!

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