Airlifted from the top
ON A sunny day in March, Stevie Burscough and three of her best friends decided to do something different by climbing MtWalsh.
The team set out ready to tackle the popular hiking spot near Biggenden.
“I was climbing MtWalsh, I think it was a Sunday afternoon,” Miss Burscough said.
“It was the first time we’d ever climbed it and we got to the top and didn’t realise it was going to be as difficult as it was.
“When we got to the very top we were taking all these photos.”
Miss Burscough said they wanted to do a star-jump like photo.
That was the moment everything changed in an instant.
“My ankle gave way and my body slammed sideways,” she said.
“As soon as I looked at it, it was just so swollen.
“I ended up with a bruise on my hip the size of Australia.”
The only rescue chopper that could deal with a mountain rescue was in Brisbane.
“Because the helicopter had to come to Brisbane we had to wait a little while for it to get there,” Miss Burscough said.
Once the chopper arrived, rescuers were let down near Miss Burscough to find out what had happened.
“It was so loud we couldn’t hear what they were saying then the helicopter left so they could hear what was going on,” Miss Burscough said.
“They laid me down in the basket and winched me into the helicopter,” she said.
“The helicopter was too big to land at the hospital so they had to drop me at the airport and get an ambulance to the hospital.”
“It wasn’t broken so that was good.
“I ruptured a couple of ligaments and frayed others.”
UP THE MOUNTAIN: Stevie Burscough and her friends on Mt Walsh.
Stevie Burscough was jumping up on Mt Walsh.