|I've just finished climbing up the scree onto the main ridge.|
|The final scramble up Toolbrunup Peak.|
|On top of Toolbrunup Peak with Bluff Knoll in the distance behind me.|
and I have done a post about it here. The Stirling Ranges are smack bang in the middle of pancake flat wheat country which only accentuates the ruggedness of the mountains, the cliff lines dropping dramatically to the wheat fields and salt pans. With my leg muscles slowly recovering I started back down towards the car, happy to have all the climbing for the day out of the way but conscious that I only had a few hundred millilitres of water left. Obviously I made it down in one piece and was reunited with Sam that night in Albany, but the Stirling Ranges had left their mark on me and I know that I'm going to spend many days in the future exploring them on foot.
|Looking back down towards the Car Park from the summit of Bluff Knoll.|
The first walk I did was the Toolrunup Peak walk, at 4 kilometres with 600 metres climbing its a relatively grunty walk. The next walk I did was the Bluff Knoll walk and at 6.2 kilometres and 634 metres climbing its an easier walk, but still no walk in the park. If you have masochistic tendencies like me and want to do them both on the same day it'll make for a hard day, especially if you cop temperatures pushing into the 40 C range as I did. The Toolrunup walk requires some easy scrambling near the top, the Bluff Knoll walk is just a solid climb on a good track. Both walks are in the Stirling Range National Park. I used the notes out of Lonely Planet's Walking in Australia, 4th Edition.
|There are plenty of small salt lakes on the flat agricultural land surrounding the Stirling Ranges.|
|Time to head back down to the little green car.|