Take a hike! Bartle Frere edition

At 1,622 m (5,322 ft), Bartle Frere is the highest peak in Queensland.  And for a bit of the flavour of Australia, it is south of Wooroonooran Park. It is a remnant of Gondwanan rainforest.

I hiked it a few (okay, several) years ago when I was an undergraduate.  I dug up some old photos for a take a hike! post.

Bartle Frere Dawn Stitch

We started the hike right at dawn. Here is the mountain from the road.

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Another shot from the ground

Bartle Frere Sign

The sign is kind of intimidating, but don’t let it get to you!

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On the way up, about T minus 3 seconds before all the girls implode after finding terrestrial leeches all over their ankles

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Our guide, Dr. Winter, a mammologist who named a few of the endemic marsupials here

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The ecosystem is all rainforest

It has a number of endemic species, like this golden bowerbird

It has a number of endemic species, like this (admittedly blurry) golden bowerbird

This is what the bower looks like (the male builds it as a stage on which to dance for the females)

This is what the bower looks like (the male builds it as a stage on which to dance for the females)

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It’s beautiful, but is sadly impacted by all the hikers

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An invasive root rot fungus, Phytophthora cinnamomi, is killing many of the trees adjacent to the trail. It spreads on hiking boots.

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We made it to the top! I photographed some of my classmates as they emerged triumphant from the forest.

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It’s a beautiful view, filled with an endemic swift species

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I love mountains

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On the way down, we all stopped to get water from this stream at the base and cool down. I love this photo of my classmate, who I think looks positively angelic. Of course, the academic director above does not look so elegant.

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