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Australia : Queensland

9.3 km (5.8 miles) ENE of Minerva, QLD, Australia
Approx. altitude: 459 m (1505 ft)
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Antipode: 24°N 32°W

Accuracy: 75 m (246 ft)
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#2: Just one small obstacle #3: Almost to the top #4: Only 540 metres to go #5: Close enough

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  24°S 148°E (visit #2)  

#1: Looking downhill to the confluence

(visited by Owen Foley)

21-Jun-2001 -- After a previous unsuccessful attempt on 24S 148E in the Minerva Hills I returned with enough time and had better luck. I managed to drive to within 2 kilometres on a rough track and just had one small obstacle between me and the point. The obstacle was a pretty steep hill with a lot of cliff sections, but it didn't look impossible. The hill was covered with small loose boulders that were hidden in waist high spear grass just to make it a little more interesting.

It was an exhausting climb, but having found a way around cliffs near the top, it was easier walking on the top. It looked like I'd be able to make an easy walk of it until I found myself looking over another cliff with the GPS indicating I had another 540 metres to go.

I found a way down but it was no easier than the slope I'd come up. Sweat was dripping into my eyes and sharp speargrass seeds were working into my clothes. I could tell it wasn't going to be an easy walk back. Making slow progress down and thinking of the return trip, I chickened out once I was within 100 metres. My GPS said it was only another 75 metres, but that meant a long way down the slope and even further back again.


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#1: Looking downhill to the confluence
#2: Just one small obstacle
#3: Almost to the top
#4: Only 540 metres to go
#5: Close enough
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