Bartle FrereBellenden Ker Range
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Eventually got to do this climb as a solo day trip starting from Josephine Falls. Starting at 7:50 am, I took 2 Gatorades plus water and lunch. Easy enough to the turn off to Broken Nose, but got much steeper and rougher after that. A humid day that took a lot out of me. The final climb to the top was up a steep eroded clay slope. 5hrs 15 to the top and no views from there, but some extensive views from the boulder field and near the hut.
Had some bad cramping on the start down, and due to gloom in the shadow of the mountain, exhaustion and a very steep root face, had a fall backwards landing on my backpack against a tree. Very fortunate. Got down just on dark to find I had left the lights on all day and had a flat battery. Again - fortunate to have some help to recharge enough to kick over the engine.
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.