Unfinished Business – Climbing Walshes Pyramid in September 2020!

Unfinished Business – Climbing Walshes Pyramid in September 2020!

Climbing A Mountain To Celebrate ’60’

Some people like to jump out of airplanes, fly in Balloons, go all out to celebrate a milestone like turning ’60’.  Others would avoid celebrating this birthday because they don’t want anyone to know how old they are!

For me, it’s something that I consider a great privilege to arrive at ’60’. To be alive and to acknowledge the one who brought me into the world, my dear mum of course, oh, and some acknowledgment to dad who had a little to do with it!

So for my birthday, the big arrival into this world needed some sort of ‘da dah!’ I’ve turned 60.  So I chose to settle a score that ‘I only half completed several years back.’  18 years ago to be specific I tackled the ‘Walshes Pyramid’. I got halfway up this beautiful mountain (just out of Gordanvale, North Queensland) and had to stop and reluctantly return to the base, due to a lung infection which wasn’t exactly nourished by my desire to climb in the first place.

All those years ago, I attempted the mountain with some Kuranda friends who lived around the corner from me. They were a brother and sister, competent walkers, climbers, cross-fitters - they were ‘young’, ‘fit’, and ‘fast movers’.

Back in 2002, I was fit enough to do this climb, however, because we had to leave so early, I was anxious about sleeping in, so I was on tenderhooks, wide awake from 1.00 am then 2.30 am I’m tired again, but keeping myself awake for the pickup!

At 3.30 am my ride arrived.  I was picked up from my home at the time in Kuranda, with a hint of a cough. I remember arriving at the Pyramid in the dark and being guided up by my friends, who were more than eager to climb.  We got halfway, and I knew I couldn’t go on, which bugged me, I was just too sick. ‘Another day’ I told myself, ‘another day!’ I ended up with Plueracy, which went on to bother me for another 6-8 weeks, and was not helped at all by the mould in the rainforest, and stressful situations we were going through living in the forest (another story).

Fast forward to September 2020, we drove along the A1 Highway into the Northern tropical area, I thought about mountains, any mountains; I looked up at Mount Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in Queensland at an elevation of 1,611 meters and I contemplated the logistics of doing that climb, but before too long Walshes Pyramid came into our view and I realized I had unfinished business with this mountain, and so it was that the pyramid would be my conquest for a celebration worth remembering.  I told myself it would be good to achieve something on my birthday.  Darryl and I are not so big on gifts we like to celebrate special events with something meaningful, an experience, an achievement!

To access this mountain from Cairns to Gordonvale you will travel along the Bruce Highway (A1). Just south of Gordonvale you will cross the Desmond Trannore Bridge (Mulgrave River). You turn right a few hundred meters after the bridge and then into Moss Access Road, follow the road to the car park which is on the left and you are there.

A new friend Meredina and my husband Darryl were my companions on this climb.  I met Meredina in a hair salon and she was keen to climb the Pyramid too, especially as I told her that is was on my bucket list,  turns out It was on bucket list too.  Meredina was kind enough to pick both Darryl and me up very early 5 am on the morning of the 29th of September, and we were at the base of the Pyramid within 30 minutes or so.

Our climb began from the car park, where we followed a trail, then had to backtrack because we were going the wrong way.  We righted ourselves and began the climb. It’s a well-worn track with orange markers to help you at regular intervals. When crossing the open bolder area, we had to look well ahead for our next marker. There are signposts marking each kilometer.  My legs were handling the climb no worries, which gave me more confidence to move up at a faster pace.

The walk is incredibly steep and relentless all the way up to the peak of 3.1km from the start. I found a stick and used that for a while, then passed that one on to Meredina, and found myself another stick which became my aide.  As we were climbing we could see lovely views and expansiveness, however by the time we got up to the top, we were in a rain cloud, so we didn’t have the view, but we had the triumph!

In August there is an annual race from Gordonvale to the peak and back, with the winners generally taking about an hour and a half. Oh my goodness, the thought of people running up this mountain and back down again, that would certainly take some fitness, but more than that a lot of concentration and maybe just a hint of stupidity!

On the Sunshine Coast, where we live now, we have the King Of The Mountain event, in July at Mount Cooroora Pomona, our son has competed in that race twice now and I was just relieved to see him come down in one piece, no broken bones, and no blood loss.  In one of the events, Jay finished 19th out of 103 runners.  Very proud!  The peak of Mount Cooroora is a 439 meters high intrusive volcanic plug.  Mount Cooroora is relatively easy compared to the Walshes Pyramid.  People get themselves into all sorts of trouble climbing the Pyramid every year because they underestimate the time it will take to get up and back, and generally their fitness level is not enough to cope with coming down.  Darryl and I were very proud of ourselves for getting up and back in the morning.  We allowed a little over 5 hours, so we could stop, take in the lower views, and take a few pictures.  Unfinished business is now finished business!

I felt so good after this climb, calm and fulfilled, that’s a feeling I love and I know being physical is a very definite way to improve mental health, and beat the blues.  In preparing for this climb, both Darryl and I used Ice Blue athletic rub on the back of our legs, a little copaiba on the neck, and at the end of the experience when I realised I was just a wee bit weary and hungry, I inhaled some Peppermint essential oil and just came to life.

As for which mountain I’ll tackle next, perhaps Mount Bartel Frerer because just like when I said I’d like to walk Kokoda Track, Darryl said I was crazy.  So I love to prove him wrong.  Climb a mountain and you will sleep well that night!



7 Tips For Living Your Bliss

7 Tips For Living Your Bliss

You probably have something that you really love to do, something that ignites your spirit, yet somehow the day, week or month gets away from you and before you know it, precious time passes and you haven’t lived your bliss!

Finding more bliss in your day is about ‘MAKING TIME’ to do the little things that make you feel awesome.  All those ‘little things’ add up and pretty soon they become ‘BIG POSITIVE THINGS’!  

If you would like to spend some quality time focusing on you, and getting clear about what it is that helps your spirit, then take a stroll through this website - read the blogs.  There is a lot of insightful information to share. Annie Clark’s Retreats.

You may not be able to control the unexpected challenges that come your way, however, you can put these 7 tips and suggestions in place to deal with the bad news, the blahs, the loss of enthusiasm we all experience from time to time — and get your bliss and high spirits back.

***Here are my top 7***

1.  Schedule 1 hour a day minimum for ‘You’ for FUN, your design!

2.  Spend time in nature (that may be your fun).

3.  Embrace a new experience!

4.  Be selective about your interactions - friend audit!

5.  Make a list of everything that’s working in your life - celebrate that with gratitude!

6.  Watch a little comedy - actively seek out laughter every day!

7.  Gain Energy by Expending Energy - Exercise!

The 7th hint is vital, you are going to need ‘energy’ to live your bliss.  Evaluate everything that makes you tired.  This could be some relationships, different types of food or ingredients like Gluten, as an example.  Avoid too many re-heated meals.  These type of meals re-heated generally lack life force, so if you are going to eat something that you have warmed up, always serve fresh greens on the side. This will help the digestion and transition of the meal.

When it comes to interactions with other people, spend more time with people who are kind, loving and peaceful, than the opposite.  Sounds so simple, but time is precious, so if you are hanging around with people who drain your batteries, you are hanging around with the WRONG PEOPLE! 

Living your bliss is about being in harmony and alignment with what you love to do, and making sure there is more time set aside for that.  No one lies on their death bed and says, ‘I wish I worked more!’ unless of course they loved their work.

Check out the new look Anne Clark website.  There are many special products designed to support your wellness journey.  Have a look inside IN THE RAW, the new version.  Enjoy Spring.   www.anneclark.com.au . 

Being Impeccable With Your Word

Being Impeccable With Your Word


In the book The Four Agreements, the author Miguel Ruiz offers a code for living a life of peace and happiness. The first principle Miguel offers in this code of conduct for your life is Be Impeccable with your Word. It is much more difficult than it seems.  When I first heard this I was thinking deeply about how I use the ‘word’ on myself and others.

What does it mean to be impeccable with your word?

Here’s what we need to consider words.  Words are powerful and can be painful to someone else and even more destructive to ourselves. Walking around being silent while filled with hate or self-rejection doesn’t meet the meaning of impeccability. Our Word is the force that we create with, our word includes everything we express. It includes our emotions, physical actions, thoughts, and attitude. (more…)