Bartle FrereBellenden Ker Range
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Awesome and hard.
Weather cleared for some beautiful views
From the eastern side, Josephine Falls carpark it took 6hrs 38mins return including 42mins on the summit taking photos & having lunch.. Bit slower as it was raining and we had a group of 4 of us and one who was not overly impressed with the leeches so we spent a bit of time stopping for her..
Last time I did it, in November 2010 i went solo and it took 5hrs 38mins return, also from the eastern side.
Both times I've had less than 10m vision once you get to the boulder hopping section. They say the view is only good for around 6-9days of the year in total so you have to pick well or be lucky.
Lots of tree roots & a few tougher sections but anyone with moderate to good fitness will make it. But I'd be looking at more like 9hrs unless very fit.
Also it can be very cold on the summit even when it's 30+ deg at the car park.
Happy climbing! :-)
I climbed Bartle Frere from the east side (Josephine Falls carpark).
Fantasic! Mostly clear with great views.