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Mt Warning Climbing

Timing. Start climbing early. Temperature in the early hours will be much more pleasant in the summer and during the winter be aware of the early dark. At the half way point you will see a sign saying " Winter warning: For safety reasons do not proceed to the summit if the time is later than 1 o'clock. Darkness on the return journey has led to people becoming lost."

What to bring? Good tough shoes that will get you through a little bit of rocks, dust or mud. It can get a bit cold so bring a jumper, especially in winter. If you like, take a backpack and keep your goodies (food, water, camera...etc) in there. Plenty of water is essential and a light meal or fruit will replenish your energy when you reach the top. Those sensitive to insect bites should spray or apply repellants before the climb and if you want to be extra cautious bring a mini torch, just in case.

What not to bring? Your mobile phone will not work at Mt Warning so unless you want to keep it as a watch or take pictures with it, might as well leave it in the car. Please don't take anything that can turn into rubbish - and if you have to, make sure you keep all your rubbish in your bag or pocket.

Raining? Odds are, if you plan a weekend out it's going to rain. Do not give up on the climb for a light rain - we've tried and the experience was even better. The clim is transformed by the rain and moisture into a lush tropical environment full of clean water streams and misty tree tops. Do not climb during the heavy rains or thunderstorm - this is especially important during the last section where you're mostly holding onto a metal chain. It is not common, however it is possible for a lightning to strike considering the conditions and the altitude.

Towards the top. Some will find it a bit scarry to climb the last bit as it gets a bit steep, children will most likely be more brave than their parents, however keep an eye on them and make sure they are constantly in your sight. Once you reach the top get your camera ready and hope it's not too cloudy! There are several view points with wooden benches around which you might also find some wild turkeys.

The view is spectacular! Mt Warning Gallery

Natural life. Mt Warning is obundant in natural life, you will notice many bird species there, lizards, insects, interesting plants and funghi. Take a break from time to time and look closer, there will be something interesting wherever you look.

Leeches. Be careful when sitting or standing still though, leeches are atracted to your warmth and can literally fall from the trees or glue on with their sticky body surface when you brush against the sorrounding plants. They will often go for your legs, travel down to the ankles and tuck in under your sock. If you notice one, probably the best thing is to do nothing, as soon as they are full they detach peacefully. If you try to forcefully take them out you might get most of them out with a little blood, however if their mouth piece stays in it can cause uncomfortable itching for several days after that and interfere with the healing process. Some people recommend salt, metho or fire to repell the leeches, however this may cause them to excrete mucus into the wound which is by all means not a pleasant thought.