Climbing up an open valley in the cool morning air, surrounded by giant orange quartzite peaks, is just a sign of things to come on this very scenic section of the Larapinta Trail. As we rise above the landscape along the high ridge of Brinkley Bluff, we become some of the privileged few to behold this truly stunning view. After a well-earned rest and a bite to eat, we begin our long steep descent down the mountain past Rocky Cleft to Stuarts Pass. The last hour sees us walking in the footsteps of the man after whom the pass is named, enjoying a relatively easy section, providing a welcome respite after the rough terrain we have just hiked. Camp tonight is at the remote and secluded Birthday Waterhole.
Needed to drink more water…….happy to pitch tents as we were going to stay for 2 nights…….
I’ll get my act together soon and write some stuff….until then lots of photos showing us all walking high up along the edge of the ridges…..
Only a couple of km extra today, taking our mileage to a little over 19km for the day.
You can watch a summary of our day 5 adventures here.