Time is always the elusive factor in getting this Blog on the road. These last few months have been so taken with my day job that there has been precious little time for taking photos, let alone writing about them. Things seem to have settled and so today I decided that it was time to take some “me” time and I headed up to Tewantin to climb a small mountain that has been on my radar forever.
Mt Tinbeerwah is situated in the Tewantin National Park, just ten kilometres west of Noosa. Travelling west on the Noosa-Cooroy Road it is found by turning left at the top of the Tinbeerwah hill. Here the road travels a few kilometers before ending at the carpark at the bottom of the final track
There is a paved pathway that is wheelchair friendly that leads to the first lookout. From there the track is a little steeper but is by no means difficult. It passes close to the cliff faces where there are anchor points set into the rock for those who follow abseiling.
I was fortunate to run into a group who were taking part in a four-day course to get various qualifications in the sport. Today, vertical rescue was the subject being examined and I had a chat to Jim and Ryan who were preparing to make, yet another descent down the cliff face. With safety topmost in mind, they secured the rigging before checking each other off. Then it was over the edge and into the abyss just as Aline and Tegan arrived back at the top after their last descent. Tegan told me that they had done around twenty abseils during the four days of the course which was run by The Outdoor Education Consultants (TOEC) who provide training in various outdoor sports. You can check them out at www.toec.com.au/ .
Then it was onwards and upwards to the Fire Tower at the top where there are views over most of the northern part of the Sunshine Coast. Even the Glass House Mountains could be just made out in the distance to the south. While it was a cloudy day, and visibility was a little hazy, it was still worth the half kilometer walk to the top.
I arrived to find a trio trying to set up their camera to take a group shot.
After offering to do the honours for them I discovered that the were here on holidays from Nepal. This is one of the great things about this sort of photography… One gets to meet so many people from so many different countries and cultures. After sharing emails and promising to send them the photos I had taken they were on their way leaving me to enjoy the views
I have been trying to sort out the best gear to use to carry what I need on an extended photo walk. After carefully attaching everything to my rig I had set off only to find that I had left the tripod behind. With the cloud cover breaking up on the western horizon it promised to be a glorious sunset, and so I headed back down to the car to collect it.
On the way I checked out the cliff face where the abseilers were operating
On the way back up the clouds to the east began to show early colour and so I stopped to snap off a quick shot, thinking that the best of it might be over before I reached the lookout.
At the top again, I met up with a group who had made the trek from Cooroy.
We all stood around chatting while waiting for the sun to sink below the horizon. Slowly, too slowly the colour began to tinge the clouds but in the end, this sunset’s promise fell well short of expectation.