Kids on Top of the World at Mt Bruce!Posted on
Denzel, 9, and Eliana, 6, have been exploring Australia with their parents since 2015 and have just reached Karijini National Park, the heart of the #EpicPilbara.
These kids do not shy away from hiking and love technically challanging tracks, finding them easier than the lower classed walks. That’s because the walks are interesting, challenging at times, and keeps the kids (and grown ups) occupied and motivated to tackle the summit.
Here is their run down of hiking Mt Bruce.
Mt Bruce is the highest hikable summit in WA, reaching 1235mt. It’s an easy 55km drive from Tom Price, with a few kilometers of unsealed road to the car park.
We set out at 0930hrs and it took exactly 2 hours to reach the top. We ate lunch at the top before walking for 2 hours back to the car park. It was quite windy and cool at the top, but the walk home was quite warm in the sun.
Most of the walk is easy, a stunning trail that rolls back and forth over the hills at the base of the climb. There are magnificent views the entire way up, and with a handful of rock scrambles scattered along the way, the kids remained motivated for the challenges ahead.
The best part of the hike is seen from afar, the vibrant red rock jump up that towers at the top. This Class 5 section is suitable for those with good balance, flexibility and strength, and the kids tick those boxes better than us grown ups! We are travelling with friends so there were plenty of adult hands to ensure if the kids slipped they wouldn’t fall far. Once we were over that steep section of the climb, we fell in love with the rocky ridge that leads to the Mt Bruce summit. In fact, if you only make it that far, enjoy the views with great satisfaction, we think it trumps the summit.
The final leg of the climb (after that rocky ridge ~500mt) is the hardest mentally for the kids. There are 5 foot tall shrubs that block the view and the trail is a constant incline without technically challenging sections to keep their mind busy. But the feeling when they reach the summit is excitement and relief. The kids great pride adding a rock to the tower at the top.
The summit has a vertical cliff drop so keep the kids away from the rocky edge. The colours are vibrant and the National Park views stir motivation to see what else Karijini has hidden within it’s hills.
We are ‘The Wandering Steels’ from Central Victoria and are living on the road exploring this great country indefinitely. Feel free to follow our journey on Facebook (@wanderingsteels) and Instagram (@thewanderingsteels).
Thank you to The Wandering Steels, from the team at the Tom Price Visitor Centre!