Gerry the Geologist reporting live: Approximately 35 minutes drive up the motorway from Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, nestled between macadamia nut orchards, pineapple farms and the Steve Irwin Australia Zoo, is the Glass House Mountains National Park. Long perceived as sacred by local aborigines, the Glasshouse Mountains are a chain of giant hard alkali rhyolite volcanic plugs that squeezed up the vents of ancient volcanoes 27 million years ago.
Most recognizable of the mountains is Mt. Tibrogargan as it’s shape resembles a giant Gorilla. Having hiked up Mt. Ngun Ngun last year, Chris and I set off to tackle the most challenging of the chain, Mt. Tibrogargan. Basically we hiked, scrambled and climbed up the back of the gorilla to most amazing views. Good cross training. Luckily I was equipped with my 5.10 stealth rubber soled running shoes.