Saturday, 27 October 2012


Kuranda - Glacier Rock - Kuranda:
Rather than just spend a weekend away sitting in the sun, it was decided to hike through the rainforest around Kuranda.

I'd had a look at the map, but hadn't had a calculator on me when I did. Still I backed my really quick estimation of distance and time, figuring if we got up there early we could do a full loop of the Douglas and Smith tracks.

I got it a bit wrong, the distances, especially the walk in and out of town to the trail head, was longer than I planned, and the terrain was either up or down.

We still got a solid day in, 17 odd km, but it was only to the Douglas track junction and around to Glacier rock.

My quick calculations (this time with a calculator) says on the out and back we the gradient averaged 5% up. If we take my comment of "either up and down" literally, then we are dealing with an average slope of 10% for both the ups and downs. If we say it couldn't have been purely up or down and there must have been some flat(ter) sections, then those numbers keep getting bigger.

No wonder I'm tired.

Strava link.

D: 17.5km
A: 883m

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