Beyond the comfort zone
After a long drive yesterday and an early night today was a day that I have been waiting for since I booked the tour. The destination is Karijini National park where an adventure was about to take place. An early start at 5.30 am to arrive at Karijini eco retreat for a 7am start. As I watched the sun rise over the hills I knew it was going to be a magical day. Greeted by a couple of the hosts for the day Hwee and Sim to start the process of letting them know about what our physical capabilities are. A group of 9 novices heading into the magnificent canyons of the region..
Paperwork complete and onto West Oz Adventures HQ where we were given all our gear and lessons in abseiling, traversing and everything else we needed to know. After wiggling and jumping to get the wetsuit on, harness tightened to wedgey position and life jacket done up to the point where breathing was optional. Our spirit animals summoned, mine a pebble-mound mouse and yep we were ready to take on the world
The butt massage we got driving over the corrugated roads for 20 minutes was an added bonus. We arrived at our destination and with inner tubes in hand we headed down into the gorge. Walking down and climbing down the ladders our guides were great in explaining everything around us from fossils, to plants and how the rocks were formed.The first water crossing was nice and easy a few steps on some dry rocks, crossing number two involved sitting in the tyres and floating down the river, easy you say, not quite as I not so gracefully tipped over going base over apex and ending up in the water, Oh well everyone had a good laugh. Next was the challenge of traversing across the rocks and an abseil to the base, Exhilarating and a great chance to test your metal. Pushing past the comfort zone and trusting a total stranger to keep you safe, We climbed down water falls swam in icy cold water, climbed up rocks and just sat and admired the magnificent cliffs. At the end of it all we found ourselves back at HQ where pizza and munchies were provided and we sat and watched the sun go down on a magnificent day.
http://www.westozactive.com.au check these guys out and if you’re in the area I cannot recommend them enough. The professionalism and fun made this a day that I will never forget.
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