Sunday, November 21, 2010

Conquering the Pyramid

There was an eerie stillness on the mountain as Julie, Kendall and I headed off for our regular trek up the Pyramid.  Not surprisingly we were the only climbers at the base of the mountain at 5.30 a.m.!  "Why are we doing this again?"  

We first decided to start climbing the mountain back in July.  Our first attempt found us (barely) managing to reach the 500m marker - it was such a gruelling climb.  Steep inclines and rocky outcrops where we virtually had to use ALL our upper body strength to pull our bodies through massive rock formations.

However over the past 4 months we have persisted, persevered and through sheer endurance (and an incredible amount of determination!) we are now at the 2.5km marker which is just 20 minutes from the top!

In my wildest dreams I never thought I would ever be able to make it to the top of the Pyramid.  I remember as a young child,  Pop Walsh telling me that the Pyramid (Walsh's Pyramid) was named after our family.  As so happens with family folk lore, I was later to find out that Pop's story was in fact a slight stretch of the imagination.  However,  here I am at the ripe old age of 56 overcoming so many obstacles (not the least being my incredible fear of heights!) to achieve something which has been a childhood dream.

Kendall decided to come along just to check out first hand what all this mountain climbing was about.   If every face tells a story - hers is definitely saying - "You must be joking!...." 

Just up this track (about 500 metres) is the 3/4 mark and then it is just another 20 minutes or so to the top.  At this stage we are planning to reach the summit by the end of the year. 
There's something hugely satisfying about fulfilling your childhood dreams.  I am sure Pop Walsh would be smiling.


  1. Well done,what stunning views you get to experience along the way!!
    Heres to conquering that pyramid so you can set a new goal for 2011

  2. Thankyou so much for following me,I hope to continue to inspire you and many others, I am delighted to be able to follow you in what looks like a beautiful part of our country. My first post was a tribute to the lovely a-m may she continue to gain strength, thanks again!!!

  3. Sharyne, you are amazing!! Good on you and I have no doubt you will conquer that Pyramid by the end of the go girl!! ~ Tina xx

  4. I truly don't think that you have the 'mental toughness' required to reach the top of the mountain. I hope you prove me wrong.

  5. I'll show you mental toughness Matthew. (LOL)
    Wait till you get home - I'll race you to the top!


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