Climb every mountain

To be accurate this is about using the car to get to high up places. On my Wimmera Road Trip to visit Horsham and Natimuk I took advantage of various view points to survey the landscape.

In Ararat there is the One Tree Hill Lookout that offers amazing 360 degree views. It was very hot so it all looked a bit hazy.

To the south are the plains of the Western District.

Looking back  east in the direction I had come from Melbourne is Mt Langi Ghiran and Ararat.

South west is the lower part of the Grampians with Mt Napier and Mt Abrupt.

And north west in the direction of Adelaide is Mt Zero in the Grampians and closer by the Black Range.

After an afternoon in Horsham I headed out to Natimuk where I was to spend the night. In the very late afternoon I ascended Mt Arapiles.

Mitre Rock and Mitre Lake from the Lookout.

From the very top of the mountain you can see far across the Wimmera plains. The track that goes across the face of the mountain is a white ribbon in the shadow. In the centre of the photo are two silos which I have worked out are all that remains of Arapiles Station which was on a line, predominately for wheat trains, going west from Horsham.

Mitre Rock rising about the wheat stubble in the late afternoon light.

Next morning I was up early hoping for a glorious sunrise, but it was not to be. A cool change had blown in during the night and it was overcast in the morning and still very windy.

This did not deter climbers at Mitre Rock, you can see a group on the top of the mound to the right. Others came later to abseil from one of the highest points.

The whole of Mt Arapiles from the lower part of Mitre Rock.

IMG_8131Mount Arapiles is formed from the rock deposits of a huge river, which carved its way through this landscape 420 million years ago. About 20 million years later, magma erupted from beneath the quartzose sandstone and conglomerate sedimentary rock deposits, where it solidified as granite. The heat from this granite eventually turned the sedimentary rocks into hard quartzite. Over time, erosion removed the softer sedimentary rocks surrounding Mount Arapilies, leaving the quartzite formation standing alone.

It was once an island within an ancient sea, and Mitre Rock a sea stack. The rough textured cliff faces show years of wave erosion.

You can see why it has become very popular with climbers. I got giddy just looking up the face of Mitre Rock, trying very hard not to be blown over.


2 responses to “Climb every mountain

  1. Jenni Strachan

    Beautiful photography. Especially love the wheat stubble with Mitre Rock. We have some wonderful countryside in Australia. So different to other countries.

  2. Nice to be able to drive up to the lookout on a hot day. Great views from up there!

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