Climbing Mt Gillen in Alice Springs

I had never climbed a mountain before (at least not intentionally), so when the girls from work suggested climbing Mt Gillen, I was very keen. Mt Gillen is situated just outside of Alice Springs and is 2404 ft / 733 m in height. if you have ever been to Alice Springs you would have noticed the mountain standing protectively over the small desert town. The orange rock shines brightly reflecting the year-round sunlight.

Mountain climbing Alice Springs
Mt Gillen at the top

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.

View Alice Springs
Kangaroo Alice Springs

The area is home to many roos who seem to have no problem manoeuvring this steep descent. They bound across 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.

Mt Gillen view from the top

Travel Tip

Try to climb down before the sun sets. 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. Alice Springs gets some rain during the winter, because of this there are now deep gullies and unsteady rocky areas.

Climbing Mt Gillen Hike

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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