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Last time I walked up Mount Cargill was in November, slightly more than 6 months ago.
Today I walked up it again. Let's make a comparison of how the two trips went for me, starting with November's one.
Since the walk is almost entirely obscured by trees on both sides until the summit, there were few opportunities to capture picturesque scenery along the way. You'll notice that a lot of the photographs are taken from the same place on both trips. This was partly on purpose, partly because they were some of the only places for pictures.
On November's walk, I left at around 6 pm, sunset being close to 10. I had tried part of the walk before, so I knew what I was in for: 570 meters of elevation gain and 4.6 kilometres of distance. And back again. It was a nice clear day with a glorious blue sky. I knew that the view from the top was going to be amazing.
The climb continued, and I was nearing the peak. Things started to go wrong.
As I climbed higher, the air I was walking through became filled with thicker and thicker fog. I could feel it in every breath.
Regardless, I continued walking. I was still going to complete the climb for myself.
At the top of Mount Cargill is a radio transmission tower that's clearly visible on the skyline even from all the way down in the city. I was going to see it up close for the first time.
It turned out to be quite disappointing, if you can't see the funny side. I was looking forward to looking down from the peak and taking in the view.
I didn't try the climb again until today.
Today's journey started off much the same, apart from having to leave in the morning due to winter's sunset time being much earlier in the day.
The walk rapidly started to look much more promising.
This time I could see off the edge of that rock.
I continued the climb and found a new viewpoint.
Finally I got to see the tower.
And I finally got to see what the rest of the world looks like when I look down from the top.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of the hill with me.
All photos were taken on my phone camera. If you want the original size pictures, ~6000x4000, just email me to ask.
I took other pictures, but I chose to upload these specific ones so that I could tell a story with them.
I also took some cute selfies, which you can ask for if I already know you.