Climber’s top tips for Glass House Mountains
EXPERIENCED climber Mason Minto has scaled the many faces of the Sunshine Coast's most popular mountains.
Mr Minto imparts more than 20 years of climbing experience knowledge to outdoor rescue training students and guides abseiling and rock climbing tours through his business Climbing Guides Australia.
He regularly traverses the same tracks bushwalkers use to reach the Glasshouse Mountains' scenic summits.
He has seen the difficult predicaments some bushwalkers get themselves into, particularly when they leave those tracks.
An example was when he was called to help two men who spent the night on Mt Beerwah early this month.
Inclement weather was hampering helicopter rescue efforts the next morning so Mr Minto was called to put a rescue team together.
A team of five assembled and they headed up, carrying a 200m rope the whole way in case the men needed to be lowered to safety.
"We got about 100m from them before we were asked to halt by the State Emergency Service leader," Mr Minto said.
A break in the rain meant the helicopter could safely get to the men.
He said the men may have followed a water run-off track, which could have looked like a walking track.
"At the end of the day, it was a good result," he said.
But he said the whole experience was avoidable.
"They have just got to follow the same track down that they came up," he said.
Another bit of advice for bushwalkers was to be wary of walking underneath areas where rock climbers were.
Mr Minto said walkers should wear helmets if they were in those areas in case rocks or equipment fell.
"They can be really unaware that anything could come down," he said.
Mt Tibrogargan: Bushwalkers find their way off track very easily. There are old access tracks to former climbing sites. They can get themselves into areas that really need to be roped up.
The back mountain trail, from the car park, is the only one that non-climbers should be attempting.
The caves route on the east face is the next easiest route but to go on the east face, people need roping, climbing and abseiling skills.
Mt Beerwah: The track is vaguely marked with yellow paint. There are dashes about every 5m to 10m. Stay to the main track.
Mt Ngungun: The walk itself is really easy. Be culturally aware that there is a cave about three quarters of the way up on the right that is a sacred birthing site for the Kabi Kabi people. Climbers respect this and don't go in there. People should be aware that there are a lot of exposed edges when they get to the top. Climbers who are abseiling from the top are on a rope for a reason.
Mt Beerburrum: A very basic walk. Very safe.
Mt Tinbeerwah: It is wheelchair access most of the way up and then a great lookout area.