Forecast rain at one.
Dawn is breaking, the windows stained with raindrops.
The roads teaming with early commuters making their ever so familiar journeys to work. Not us, this is our chance to escape. Escape the city life, escape our day to day routines and escape to somewhere special.
We’re welcomed with a landscape exploding with colour, ever changing tones of green, magnificently dramatic skies and fortress like towering buttresses of rock. Meandering our way through the pass we felt enchanted, there was too much to look at; uniquely shaped outcrops, surreal rays of light and incredible valleys.
Our eagerness had paid off, the usually overcrowded car park was desolate, the silence broken every so often by cars passing. By 8:00 am our excitement and anticipation became reality as we stepped out of the shelter of the car and took in our surroundings.
There is something quite special about sharing an experience with someone, being able to look at each other and just rally thoughts to one and other is sublime. Scurrying in between boulders calling over to each other to share what we’d discovered, honestly you’d think we’d never seen a rock before.
Hillsides on either side of the valley were covered in various rocky outcrops and set high on the vibrant slope was ‘Lizard King’, a climb I had seen many videos of but never had the privilege of trying. After the short quest up the hill dodging bogs and navigating styles we reached the incredibly impressive looking climb, seeming to slice right into the landscape creating a beautiful view down the valley.
Looking up the valley the blue skies we were greeted with quickly transformed into imposing, dramatic storm clouds and before long the inevitable happened and we found ourselves sheltering underneath the overhanging sheet of rock.
The holds were dampened, unlike our spirits. We were having a great time which was topped of by a highly entertaining descent which saw Louise falling into the river running through the pass.
‘Same again next week?’