Goomburra Camping and the story of Rod vs Barney

by admin 3. May 2004 20:47

Tania & I headed out to Goomburra State Forest over the weekend with Rod & Abby for camping and walking. Despite the females' doubts, we made it to Laidley Creek Falls and the excellent lookout above them. Got great views of Mt Castle, the whole of Main Range NP and through Moogerah Dam to Mt Barney & Friends (photos coming soon).

Speaking of Mt Barney... Mt Barney is basically the Mecca of South-East Qld bushwalking. It's not a simple climb (though it's no Everest). As with all bushwalking it's recommended to walk as a group. Rod Bishop, however, is more than your average bushwalker. Rod has tackled Barney on his own, after a sleepless night due to a car alarm. He battled fatigue, dehydration and hallucinations in his attempt to conquer the mighty mountain. And finally... he was conquered. But he didn't come away empty handed. Rod has many a story to tell of his trips up Mt Barney so if you ever meet him, make sure you ask.

The best bit is that Rod isn't defeated. He has already planned another attempt on Barney. And this time he's not taking no Peasant's Route (the easiest route up Barney). He's trying his hand at Eagle's Ridge - the most ardous, yet spectacular route Barney has to offer. And this time nothing will stop him!

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