Ca­nia’s climbs not meant for me

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie

SINCE I’ve been liv­ing in Monto, I’ve told a lot of peo­ple how much I love walk­ing and how I can’t wait to tackle the Ca­nia Gorge se­lec­tion of bush­walk­ing trails.

The thing is, that’s been mostly a lie I’ve told my­self, and oth­ers, to fool my­self the bach­e­lor life in a small town with a desk job won’t even­tu­ally de­stroy me.

But with the belly grow­ing ever out­ward, I took ad­van­tage of my mother’s visit to town this week to go on a shared hike, where­upon I learned that it was just as well I put it off for as long as I did be­cause with­out ac­com­pa­ni­ment I may have fallen over.

I suf­fer from stra­bis­mus, an eye con­di­tion I’ve had since birth that among other things, leaves me with ter­ri­ble depth per­cep­tion.

Which makes de­scend­ing stairs with­out a handrail an ex­er­cise in ter­ror.

See, many of the Ca­nia hikes, par­tic­u­larly the Gi­ant Chair Look­out, which is noth­ing BUT stairs, re­quired me to un­der­take the walk with a hand on Mum’s shoul­der just to keep balance.

Go­ing it alone would put my life, and by ex­ten­sion the town of Monto’s jour­nal­is­tic cov­er­age, in jeop­ardy and there­fore for the good of the com­mu­nity, I must avoid it and stay fat.

Which is a shame, be­cause there are some beau­ti­ful tracks out there and I ad­vise any­one to take the op­por­tu­nity to visit and see for your­self.

Just make sure you bring a buddy along.

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