As we woke on the morning of day 5, a thick fog had blanketed the valley. While it made seeing into the distance difficult, one thing was clear. Today we would be climbing The Acropolis! We had conquered Ossa and Cradle but according to the rangers we met along the way, they both paled in comparison to the grandeur that we were about to experience.
Today there was 4 of us heading to the summit with Andrew (an ex Brisbane guy who also loved to climb the Glasshouse mountains) joining us. As we made our way up, Rick and Andrew had to stop to take photos of fog covered spider webs.
From here we were actually about half way up the mountain as it sort of plateau’d out for a little while before our scramble would really begin. The next video I will post on here is quite long as it’s from my go pro on top of my head but it’s well worth the watch in sections as it shows how the fog and clouds began to clear as we continued to climb. While the video does it’s best to show you, I can’t really explain how surreal it felt half being in cloud and half not. All I can say is, we felt blessed that once again, the weather put on a show that has rarely been seen in Tasmania.
From this point we dropped our poles and the scramble really began. Large boulders, sharp trees and slippery rocks stood in our way to the summit but nothing was going to stop us. Even when we did stop to catch our breath, we only did so that we could see this stunning vista.
With views like those, who could not be inspired to continue to push on wards to the summit?
When we finally pushed on to the very top of the summit, we were in awe. The words from the rangers didn’t do it justice. These photos and videos won’t do it justice. It was beyond words!
For an hour, we sat, looked, talked, ate and simply absorbed our surroundings. When we were finally full of soul calming Acropolis feelings, we headed back down the mountain. Even though we’d planned to head to the Labyrinth, we instead chose to rest and enjoy our afternoon together as we could see them really well from the top of the Acropolis.