Hmmm, I generally play it safe I have to admit – but occasionally I do do something stupid and/or dangerous during my normal activities. This generally happens when I’m out bushwalking, though I find myself being more cautious these days.
Some of the most dangerous situations I have found myself in while bushwalking have been when trying to ascend/descend waterfalls. I have fallen on several occasions now and on one occasion suffered some injuries that required me to abandon the rest of my walk/climb on that day.
On another occasion I fell and landed far too close to what was effectively a spear, right beside by throat.
Some falls like these do tend to lead you to more caution in future times.
Today I took some time out and went for a bit of a drive to a few places – also did some bushwalking. I just felt I needed some time out and took advantage of the opportunity currently available to me to do some bushwalking.
First off I travelled to Wingham and to Wingham Brush. There I did a short walk along the boardwalks. Wingham Brush is an area of remnant rainforest along the Manning River, in which there are quite a number of Brush Turkeys (with their nest sites – actually, they are nest mounds) and a large population of Flying Fox Bats.
My final destination was to Ellenborough Falls, near Elands and about 40km from Wingham. Given the amount of rain that has been about the last few days I thought it would be a great opportunity to view the falls in all their glory. I wasn’t disappointed. They were great.
The walk to the base of the falls included some 641 steps and a fall of some 200m. The walk down was easy enough, but the climb back out was a little more difficult, given the steep climb and the many steps.
This was the first time that I had been able to see these falls and so I really appreciated the opportunity to do so.
Yes, the big trip is now over. I got home today after completing the trip on Wednesday October 22, 2003. I covered some 77.5km over five days of walking through the Barrington Tops. Though I enjoyed the trek immensely, I came out of it more injured and sore than any other previously. I can’t say that I found it extremely difficult, but still managed to come off not as well as previous trips that were more difficult.
Some how I managed to bust up my left shoulder, got severely sun burnt across the back of my neck resulting in severe blisters, stubbed a big toe and suffered severe impact blisters across the base of my feet and heels so that I couldn’t wear shoes for the entire fifth day. I still haven’t recovered obviously, but have some time until I return to work. The good news for those in the know – I didn’t have any slippery shoes that endangered my life this time out.