Larapinta Day 12

Day 12 – Serpentine Chalet Dam to Mt Giles Lookout

Woken up by organisers of the Larapinta run at 5:30am, got up at 6:30am, got dressed, and hiked on.

The Ilanga Pass was beautiful adding a different view and type of hiking for us. It included things like Rock hopping and boulder climbing. Those are my favourite types of terrain. You don’t even feel like you’re ascending, just having fun climbing over rocks in the cool shade of the valley.

Once we emerged from the pass, we saw great green views of the ridges, the classic orange, white, and green speckled ranges.

We were climbing towards the saddle to waterfall gorge. Once there we were somehow hoping for a waterfall but of course it was dry and quite underwhelming. I continued down the river bed to climb to the Mt Giles Lookout point which felt like endless switch backs.

Once at the top, the view to Mt. Giles was stunning and even better looking east, we could see Mt Sonder’s silhouette. We hiked another 2km to the sheltered campsite and it was well worth the additional distance since we could sit to admire the gallery and canyons to Mt. Giles and the surrounding areas.

We had time to set up camp, hang out things on trees and rest. We were talking about the burgers, and drinks from Ormiston and the beautiful water showers we would have.

The sunset was spectacular here. The egg like shape of the sun setting in the horizon as it spilled orange lights like wildfire across the horizon was almost a 360 degrees view. I took a time lapse, but nothing compares to seeing it in person.

Written by Jay Sims

Edited by Alex Hay aehay@hotmail.com