A mountain walk

I think today is a good day for some pictures. These are a few weeks old to be honest but the day needs some scenery. Despite the title, there are no actual mountains shown.

I got on the train and headed west into the Blue Mountains but not very far in, really just to the start. In fact, not actually far from where I took these pictures https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/the-nepean/

The walk is down to a creek bed that runs through a gorge. You can’t see it in the pictures but the main western train line from Sydney through the Blue Mountains runs partway up the gorge. It’s quite a spectacular part of that train ride.

Glenbrook Creek

This is at the start of the national park and entry is via the first main entrance to the park. The 2019/20 bushfires stopped a few kilometres from this section but along the river bed you can see burnt tree trunks that washed down from further in during the flooding that eventually brought those fires to an end.

You look at what these bushes and trees are growing on and it’s practically just rock and sand in places.

This stretch of rock has these little bushes growing straight up from any little cracks or hollows. It’s on a river bed, so it is not as inhospitable as it looks. Even so, they look like they are trying to challenge the very concept of “soil”.

The rock patterns are great. It’s mainly sandstone and there a big boulders that have fallen from the cliffs scattered about.

It is an impressive cliff. The railway line is on the opposite cliff (I didn’t take a picture of it). Round that corner, the creek drains into the Nepean River which marks the western limit of Sydney.

Last picture. This rock looks like ice cream or the clouds of Jupiter.

8 thoughts on “A mountain walk

  1. Nice! It’s a beautiful part of NSW. Went to the Blue Mountains a few years ago. Walked the Giant Stairway & my legs were grumpy at me for a few days after.

    I was amused by the altitude markers on the drive up. The elevation, though relatively high for Australia, wouldn’t have been worth mentioning in New Zealand.

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      1. I don’t count those as mountains either but then mountains are by my definition at least a mile above sea level and all jagged and pointy.

        Really, anything below three thousand feet is not a mountain. If you can walk up it in athletic shoes without getting winded, it’s not a mountain.

        But these are very nice photos. I like the scrubby alien-looking plants that don’t need no stinkin’ soil.

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      2. People who walking up Scottish mountains in athletic shoes often end up getting a helicopter ride back down again while the mountain rescue team rolls their eyes at them.

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      3. The weather in Scotland is something of an enhancer for the mountain experience, even if they are relatively small lumps of rock. My wife and I did one of the gentler Munros on a pleasant late summer’s day one year, and as we were ascending we met people coming down saying things like “It’s a wee bit breezy up there.”

        We literally had to crawl along the path when we reached the summit as we couldn’t stand upright in the wind.

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