I’ve just come back from a glorious long weekend in Hopetoun with friends. Hopetoun is located at the very bottom of Western Australia on the south coast next to the Fitzgerald River National Park. About 5 people live there and all of them seem to be relatives of my friend Dave. Just kidding. There are also some Irish backpackers who work at the pub and grocery store.
We drove down on Friday night, leaving behind awfully muggy and uncomfortably hot weather in Kalgoorlie. It was such a relief to experience cooler temperatures (low 20s) that I took to wearing a down jacket for most of the weekend. Emily wore a beanie.
On Saturday morning we fueled up on bacon ahead of our mountain climbing.
Before tackling the rugged peaks of East Mt Barren we took a drive through the Fitzgerald River National Park.
Such hospitable coastline…
We practiced our explorer poses:
And nailed a fake laughter photo:
Then we drove to where we would climb the East Mt Barren Summit, which the Department of Parks and Wildlife website describes as ‘moderately difficult’.
It got steeper and rockier up the top.
Some legit rock climbing was required:
But it was well worth the view. To the east was Hopetoun:
And to the north was a large glacial looking boulder with a sheer drop on one side:
The entire area is known for its wildflowers which are abundant in spring. But I found a few hanging around:
Heading back down the mountain was worse than going up. Every step suddenly seemed more slippery.
But we made it and saw some more interesting flora on the way down.
After our hike we headed back home for chicken sandwiches and to regale the others with tales of our heroic ascent. More to come.