Erin Gamble

The most memorable time in my Aussie Adventure would be when we climbed to St. Mary’s Peak in the Flinders Ranges.  I am not a fit girl, but I knew I would push myself till I made it to the top. I thought I was going to die! I brought up the rear the entire climb red faced and breathing like I was having an asthma attack. I honestly thought my legs were going to give out on me and never work again.  It didn’t help that we accidently got off the path and climbed the wrong peak, only to bush whack our way back down and start climbing at a 90-degree angle once more. After cussing like a sailor for a few hours, we made it to the top! It was a stunning view of where a meteor had once hit the Earth- something I had never even came close to seeing before. I have to say the climb was worth it, especially after we had a victory sip of Carlton. We stayed up there for maybe half an hour, and then started our treacherous track back down the way we came. By this time everyone is so exhausted we were slipping and sliding down the boulders; the way down was probably twice as dangerous as climbing up… Just before nightfall, and a couple hours later than planned, we made it back to the bus. Seven hours of climbing, 1170 meters in the air, around 8 miles of hiking all together, and we’ll say over 4,000 calories burned- we did it. Climbing St. Mary’s Peak is one of the biggest achievements of my life, so much bigger than graduating High School, and I’m so glad I pushed myself to do it. I climbed the highest mountain in South Australia and I kicked it’s Ass!!!