It's thursday 430pm and I am done with all the tasks assigned to me for these 2 weeks, with 1 day + 1 hr left to spare. So i thought that surely, I deserve 15 minutes of it to blog. I know I am clumsy, forgetful, needs 3 trips to and fro the lab just to retrieve a ladle (because I have short term memory loss), but me thinks I am a rather efficient worker! especially when I choose to un-press that hold button on the right side of my brain.
I thought I might as well do a little research on Mt. Warning since I'm gonna be climbing it this weekend. But after reading it I got a little worried, and the already intimidating name doesn't help either!!
Mt. Warning - SUMMIT TRACK
Winding upwards from the Breakfast Creek parking area is the Mount Warning Summit Track, which passes through a variety of vegetation communities. Subtropical and temperate rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest and heath shrubland are all encountered on your journey upward. After a final rock scramble the track emerges to 360 degree views reaching every distant horizon.
Evident from this vantage point is the enormous eroded bowl of the caldera landform. Twenty million years ago the height of the volcano was twice the present height of Mount Warning. This volcano was formed by massive outpourings of lava, layer after layer, over a landscape that stretched from Mt. Tamborine in the north to Lismore in the south. Westward it extended to Kyogle and its eastern remnants occur as reefs at Point Danger.
The height of the volcano alone was sufficient to trap moisture laden air from the coast. Over the millennium the myriad of small streams produced by this trapped moisture, carved out this unique and curious landform. Harder rocks resisted this erosion such as the rhyolite cliffs of the caldera rim and the rock composition of the central chamber. These stand as stark testimony of the grandeur that once was.
Duration: 4-5 hr return.
Degree of difficulty: Strenuous.
Track condition: Steep and rocky in parts. Winter warning: Not advisable to undertake the walk after 2 pm in winter, as darkness on the return can lead to people becoming lost.
On to a less worrying note, I'm meeting yeeyuan in Brisbane most prolly next week. am looking forward to it :)