A Saturday spent Adventuring

Women's Fitness Adventures on the Summit of Mt Barney


Mt Barney – the pinnacle of our mountain series each year is an exhilarating, if at times nail biting, adventure.

If the sign at the bottom in Yellowpinch carpark at the beginning of the hike doesn’t scare you away, then you’re in for a challenging and rewarding day.

Starting off in the dark, our CREW this year were blessed (?) with warmer than usual conditions and by the time the sun had risen we had all taken our jackets off.

Low lying fog made for a picturesque morning as the sun rose over the surrounding valleys.

Low lying cloud made for a wonderful backdrop on our Mt Barney Summit Hike

There were wildflowers galore along the path as we navigated over rock faces, climbed up rock chutes, tiptoed over rock ledges and hoisted ourselves over rocky outcrops before eventually making our way to the summit.

Scrambling over Rocky Outcrops on our way to the Mt Barney Summit

It is a vertical climb of 1354m and our lunch and cup of tea at the Summit was enthusiastically consumed by the group while we had a well-earned break, took photos and took in the view.

The views from the Summit are amazing. Mt Lindsay and Mt Ernest to the South and to the north Lake Maroon and the Main Range National Park.

We take a different route for our descent, and we sometimes find ourselves using our fifth limb (aka our bottoms) for some of the climb down.

Descending Mt Barney Summit on another trail provides amazing views

As we get to the fire trail through the tall forest and sections of rainforest it’s an easy walk back to the carpark.

The sun starts to set casting a beautiful glow back on the mountain we just conquered, and a full moon rises as we find ourselves back at the van that takes us to the cosy homestead and warm showers we’re all craving for.

While tired, there is a sense of accomplishment as we tell stories, share laughs and toast ourselves with a glass of champagne on having summited Queensland’s most impressive mountain.

Celebrations all round after a successful Mt Barney Summit Hike with Women's Fitness Adventures

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Yvonne Shepherd, CEO of Women's Fitness Adventures

Yvonne Shepherd is the Founder & CEO of Women’s Fitness Adventures.

Established in 2014, Women’s Fitness Adventures encourages women to become stronger for life through fitness, adventure and social connection. We do this through our online fitness & hike training programs, thriving online community and our in person multi day adventures in Australia and around the world.

Women everywhere are enjoying the support, friendship and inspiration found inside the Women’s Fitness Adventures community as they connect in real time through our online active adventures that can be done in your location, regardless of where you live.  Your area is our area because we cover every corner of Australia and would love you to join us.

Whether you are ready to go on a hiking adventure right now or it is in the planning, our Hike Training Courses, Masterclasses, Adventure Ready resources and Hike Fitness Programs will equip you with the skills and knowledge to guarantee you success and have the best time ever.


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