Tuesday, April 21, 2009

English Creek, Mt Glorious

This caterpillar is showing its sting.

It was just like the old days, a very competent group of walkers doing a walk that we had not done before. A walk where the group had to work as a team contributing to navigation and various route options.
A trip where various people took the lead, expressed the freedom of being in front , showing the way and leading the party through rainforest of Lawyer Vine and Wait-a-While.
While Lance wandered along behind. Chuckle, chuckle.

This was the England Ck. trip at Mt. Glorious.Fourteen people participated and we started walking from the gate just back from Maiala Park entrance. Ref. 766761 on the Brisbane Forest Park Map.
The weather was fine and at this point we are 650 metres above the Sandgate foreshore. We followed Joyners Ridge Road for about 15min.through some nice rainforest to Ref.760766. Here we bailed out of the road and dropped steeply down the gully to follow the creek south. Because the sides of the creek were very steep and the creek had plenty of water in it , we had to travel along the sides of the hill rather than in the creek. The leaders of which there was a few at this stage kept getting hung up in vines and wait-a-while as we slowly followed the banks of the creek steeply down hill.
After about an hour of walking, one of the party suffered a sore elbow and another of our more capable and intelligent walkers tried to dislodge a tree with her head. Needless to say she is no longer considered intelligent and the tree is still there.
Both walkers thought they could smell coffee brewing and returned to the start of our walk. Near the coffee shop. Thankyou David for accompanying them back to the safety of the cars and the coffee shop.
Then again if I had the choice of wading through wait-a-while and lawyer vines or sitting in a coffee shop with two beautiful women, I think you made the only logical decision.
Eventually we could make our way into the creek bed and we had morning tea at 10.35. Ref.756760
If you are checking these points on your map as I assume you are then you will find that spot on the little blue line just between the two brownie ones, in the space of Two hrs. we dropped 280 metres.
Gee it made a loud noise.
A little further down the creek it started to flatten out a bit and the creek bed wider which made walking much easier.It is a very pretty creek. If easier access was available it would turn into a popular walk. Quite a few little waterfalls and small swimming holes. One for early summer.
Lunch was a little late as we were trying to get to a waterfall and swimming hole we had been told about. But because Rosemary was staggering and down on her knees at this stage we decided to stop before we got there and before she died of starvation.We never did find the waterhole as described but given more time a photographer would have a field day in this creek. Lunch was taken at 12.45 at Ref.759746.
After a leisurely lunch, the troops started to drop hints by standing up and putting their packs on their backs. I gather they were trying to tell me something. Never the less off we went at a good steady pace and covered the distance down the creek much faster than I anticipated.
The plan was to leave the creek at a certain point and to follow a S.E.ridge up to the Mt. Nebo road and a car left at Westridge Lookout. Upon arriving at the what I calculated was the point in question, ten of the remaining eleven people showed complete faith in my navigation ability by insisting on checking the map themselves, the other GPS, and even checking further downstream just in case.It is very gratifying to know so many people have so much confidence in you.
We left the creek at 2.45 Ref.754739
Just to show how much confidence they had in me they asked me to lead the final leg of the walk
Into the lantana I plunged. Along the cleared track they followed.
Slowly we climbed upward in open forest, past the sleeping carpet snake till we got to the road and our transport. 270 mt higher and 11/4 hrs later. Ref.763734.

Thanks must go to the various leaders of the party, women as well as men. Especially Greg who did most of the hard work. I know how much Greg dislikes vines and wait a while as it can be very tiring trying to force your way through the entanglements so we really appreciated his effort.
It really is a most enjoyable walk if we can elimate the first two hrs. of steep rainforest. As we now know it can be done easily in a day we can spend more time enjoying the creek bed.

Thank you all for your company, you are a great crowd. Special mention for Edwina, keep up the good work.

Love Lance.

[Posted on behalf of Lance - Kevin.]

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