The sharp and rude sound of a 2 a.m. alarm went off in the darkness of the morning. These are the moments you roll over and say F*** it, or you get your butt out of bed and see the world!
Every day is the same if you allow it to be, nothing changes and the world keeps spinning. You earn money, you spend money, you go to work, you come home. You cook dinner, go to bed, wake up, and go back to work.
I’m sorry if I’m a believer, but I know there is more. There is more that this life has to offer, however you are the only one who can actually get your butt out of bed to do it. No-one is going to do it for you.
So, as you can imagine when that sharp alarm sounded at 2 a.m. I jumped out of bed, spritely as a rabbit.
Joking, that did not happen… I spent a good minute contemplating going back to sleep until the guilt devil sitting atop my shoulder started pulling my hair and dragged my tired arse out of bed to get ready, knowing I would hate myself later if I ruined this opportunity for a great adventure!
Power packing is our new ‘thing’ Ben and I.
I don’t believe in the in-between moments of life, I’m always rushing between my moments, trying to cut out the travel time, or the planning time, or the getting ready time…. all to be able to spend more time in those ‘doing moments’ the time you actually spend doing the things you enjoy.
I believe you can trap your whole life just trying to do the A’s B’c C’s…. getting ready, looking perfect, cleaning the house, travelling to and from, preparing what to take, thinking about what to do…
Ben, however, is into the finer moments of life. Every detail is thought about. Everything is made into a beautiful perfect experience. Everything is taken with us, and of course packed in perfectly folded squares with toweling in between so that nothing smashes (perfect cups, bottle of champagne and woven basket for picnicking, moisturiser, change of clothes, sunglasses, sunglasses cleaner).
So in the name of compromise we have it down to a fine art and something I like to refer to as ‘Power Packing’. It’s where you take Ben’s concept with my speed, and do it as fast as you possibly can! It’s pretty much an art form, we have it to a T.
2:30 a.m. we hit the road, coffee in hand, tunes pumping…. Take me to the mountain baby!!
4:15 a.m. we reached the bottom of My Warning… It was pitch black, however there seemed to be many cars…
In true style we found a ‘hero park’ right at the top, literally the closest park to the mountain. Everyone else seemed to miss it because it was so close!! (amateurs).
We were ready, sexy head torch on and backpacks, yes!!!
We hiked up the huge mountain in the dark, it was beautiful in its own right, rocky and with lots of steps… a chance to get in some good banter.
We headed up at a strong and steady pace, nothing too crazy, reaching the summit in 1.5 hours at around 5:45am (sunrise is at 6 a.m. this time of year).
The terrain is medium I would say, nothing too steep or hard until the end where there is a 100m chain climb, up the steep rocks to the summit.
By this time, there were a lot of people on the chain making it a little slow. Be sure to bring a jumper, as the walk is warm, yet the top is COLD!
At the top the view is STUNNING! On a good day you can see all the way to Byron Bay… all the surrounding mountains (360 degrees), the sea and the Gold Coast!
This day was a little foggy, I heard there was smoke from fires, so the view was misty, but still insanely magical!
As we watched the sun rise, we could see it move with our very eyes, changing so quickly it was just captivating.
On the way down it was the first time we saw Mt Warning’s beauty… The tropical jungle is incredibly stunning, I would say it’s one of my favorite places in northern NSW.
You feel as though you are in a fairy forest. There are giant palms and ferns, the morning light giving everything a glittery, golden glow. It really is pretty special!
YOUR QUESTIONS & MY TOP TIPS FOR HIKING MT WARNING:
DO IT FOR SUNRISE!
However, pick your day! If it is in summer (humid and sometimes wet) you may not be able to see anything when you get to the top as the cloud cover is too low.
If you see the sunrise from Mt Warning, you will be the first one in Australia to see the sun!
There is a campsite close to the base of Mt Warning if you don’t want to get up butt early and travel as well.
It is also great a little later in the day (leaving around 6/7am) with less chance of cloud cover (if it’s humid / summer season). You also will not need a head torch then and you will be able to see all the rocks and steps properly if you have bad balance or weak ankle stability.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HIKE MT WARNING?
We did a steady strong pace, but nothing too crazy and it took us 1.5 hours to reach the summit and a little longer to get down as we were chilling out, stopping and enjoying the scenery.
I researched prior to going and it says something ridiculous like 4 hours, honestly… maybe 4 hours if you tried with crutches, otherwise I think that is a little ridiculous!
HOW MANY KMS IS IT?
HOW HARD IS THE HIKE?
The hike itself is not too hard, there are a few steps thought, but no crazy steep inclines or anything. The most challenging part is climbing the chain up the steep rocks at the top… but even that is do-able… struggling? Just chill out and take it a little slower!
- There is no wifi or signal … so save your Insta stories.
- Take a mate you like to chat with… it’s almost 4 hours round trip, nuf said!
- Take some time to soak in the scenery, the track is rocky so you can spend a lot of your time looking at where your feet are going! Stop and take in the beautiful tropical jungle!
- Take a big bottle of water, and I also pack two massive extras and leave them in the car because there is nowhere to fill up your water when you get back and you’ll definitely need more when you get down, especially when it’s hot.
- Don’t ever go up in a storm! There have been deaths from lightening at the top before.
- Leave your valuables at home / out of sight if you leave anything in your car, people love to break in.
- If its humid / wet take a lighter with you (or salt) you may get a leech (so F gross).
- DON’T take your DSLR…. or you can try, but mine ended up getting moisture in the lease and there was no point! (except that extra booty burn of carrying a damn heavy camera!)
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK:
- A big water bottle
- A snack (I like train mix or bliss balls, see recipe HERE).
- Phone with camera (obviously)
- Head torch (if you are going up in the dark for sunrise) Don’t think you will get away with your normal torch or phone light, you will regret it. Buy yourself a sexy head torch, you will NEVER regret it!
- Warm clothes and a windbreaker for the top! It’s high, it’s cold and it’s windy, even in summer! (I took a beanie and a scarf also and did not regret it).
FOR AFTER IN YOUR CAR:
- Buttloads of extra water for when you come down.
- Another snack, because well, snacks are the best.
Yeeeeeeeah guys, enjoy!!