The year 11 Outdoor Education class recently went hiking in the Mount Remarkable National Park. This was a challenging expedition with students carrying everything they needed for the duration of the camp. The First day there were heavy showers making the challenging terrain even harder navigating their way through Hidden Gorge with beautiful red cliffs on either side at time the gorge was only a few meters wide.
The last hour of walking was in the dark with head torches adding to the challenge. Day 2 saw the group take on a 20km hike along black range to Grays hut passing emus and kangaroos with a gruelling 8km stretch continuously up hill with sections of sticky clay and at times hiking gradients around 50 degrees that students will not forget.
Looking back on what was achieved and the breathtaking views to the West for some made it worth it but the new hiking boots for others caused a few blisters. The hut was a sight for tired students after the beautiful sunset with kangaroos all around and having to jumping over the creek multiple times the mice overnight were friendly.
The final day included Mount remarkable itself at an elevation of 966m then the 6km downhill into Melrose before a rewarding trip to a bakery on the way home. A truly challenging trip for students getting a close encounter with the nature as they experienced the many highs and lows of hiking in natural environments without the comforts we take for granted in our everyday lives .