Fifteen years later when I met Phil, I knew he was a hiker as he had casually mentioned that he did the Wilson’s Prom Southern Circuit in one day - a 30km+ round trip (read about when we did it over three days here). Phil is fit.
In the early days of our relationship many of our dates included hikes - I recalled one of those times here (Keppell Lookout hike). One weekend we decided to head out to Cathedral Ranges for what was described to me as a ‘short’ and ‘easy’ hike.
At the top of the stairs there was an additional walk called ‘North Jawbone Track’. I sat at the bottom feeling sorry for myself (and resting) while Phil scarpered up alone.
After walking through an area called the Farmyard (very meadow like) we started along the ridge track to Cathedral Peak and Little Cathedral Peak. This part shouldn't even be called a hike as there was more clamboring over boulders than walking. Although this section was fairly flat it was actually just as hard as you were constantly going up and down and using your hands to pull yourself up and help keep your balance.
It didn’t help that I felt sick (most likely a result of drinking too much water every time we stopped for a break on the stairs). I found this hike incredibly tough. I remember feeling so ill and so embarrassed that I was struggling to keep up with Phil. I was trying my best to put on a brave face and just keep going but my stomach hurt and I JUST COULDN’T HOLD IT IN ANY LONGER…. So I started crying.
Lucky Phil didn’t end it with me and maybe I somehow passed this initiation as we have now completed many more hikes together - but none as hard as this one!
Until next time,
P.S. We haven’t attempted this hike again, but we have done another similar hike at Cathedral Ranges. What’s the hardest hike you have done?