Kings Canyon - Rim Walk

Submitted: Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 09:28
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I was asked about this recently, but not having done it , I couldn't comment.
I see it's 6km long, but is it arduous or fairly easy going?
The bloke who asked is nudging 60 and not very fit by his own admission.
Something like me I suppose, though I wish I was again nudging 60. ;o)
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Reply By: The Greta Bunyip - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 09:37

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 09:37
Rosco,
The walk pretty much goes straight up to the top & from there you just walk around the top of the canyon. So once the first km is behind you it's a great walk & certainly worth the effort.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 09:39

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 09:39
G'day Roscoe, the initial climb at the start is a bit steep, but only short. After that the
rest is fairly flat. If one takes it slowly at the start, has a rest, then continues, it will be
fine. Don't be discouraged by the start, as the total experience is one of the best in Oz.
cheers....oldbaz.
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Reply By: Member - There Yet - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 10:01

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 10:01
Hi Rosco,

The beginning is fairly steep. Once you reach the top it's a lot easier, but in the centre you have to climb down steps again and up the other side. Really is a beautiful place. If he can take his time walking up he won't be disappointed. Cheers Kerry

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Follow Up By: Member - There Yet - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 10:02

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 10:02
Having trouble with photo. Will try again.
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Follow Up By: Member - There Yet - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 10:31

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 10:31
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Reply By: John and Regina M - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 11:42

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 11:42
Unfit?
Overweight maybe?

Sure, do it but remember the nearest cardiac response team is a loooong way away. Is it really worth it? Perhaps.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 11:46

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 11:46
I shall pass on your sage advice.
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Follow Up By: gbc - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 12:50

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 12:50
If that walk kills you, you were going to die anyway. Use it or lose it.
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 18:12

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 18:12
Is it really worth it? Blood oath. And if you kark it out there what a way to go! Being 60 myself, I'd say dropping off the twig just now is a tad early, but if it meant avoiding a miserable final six months in hospitals, ICU etc as it invariably seems to happen these days, I'd take a quick death in the bush every time.

Some will say what about the imposition on others? There is no doubt that shipping a body back to a major city is inconvenient, but in terms of cost to the community it is a mere trifle compared with the hundreds of thousands wasted on hospital admissions in the last months of life if you are unfortunate enough to have a pulse and be within an ambulance ride of the hospital.

I've done the rim walk many times and loved it every time. I did it with my brother in November 1998 between cycles of chemotherapy. It was 42 degrees and I was really struggling. About half way I just wanted to sit down and fade away. Thankfully my brother urged me on and I made it back to the car park completely exhausted. Was it worth it?

Yep.

Bob
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 19:48

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 19:48
People who automatically assume that unfit means overweight without knowing the facts give me the wotsits.

For all you know there may well be other medical issues that classify one as unfit.
Take me for example; 73yo, 80kg on 175cm frame, lived an active outdoor life till COPD diagnosed 10yrs ago, stopped smoking 13years back, Bowel cancer survivor with chemo 6yrs ago, classified as diabetic as well, arthritic joints. I am as active as my health issues allow me, but climbing those steps are beyond me.

Disco.

So it is unfair to assume unfit equals overweight.
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 23:45

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 23:45
Yr right, it is an assumption.
Usually correct.
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Reply By: Freshstart - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:23

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:23
When we saw this 40 - 45 degree climb we opted out. That's a whole mob of school kids and teachers. Some teachers opted out as well.

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Follow Up By: Freshstart - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:35

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:35
A link to a bigger version of the photo


Climbing up to the Kings Canyon rim walk.
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Follow Up By: Freshstart - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:41

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:41
Lets try once more.

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Follow Up By: Freshstart - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:42

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:42
Bugger it. Go here:

Climbing to the rim
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Reply By: BARRY F2 - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:55

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 16:55
Do it, it's worth every moment as the walk is quite easy. heart attack hill is steep but if you take it easy and stop often it will take no time at all.take plenty of water and food as there is a lot to see, the walk at the top is flat, start about 8 oclock in the morning before it gets to hot, should finish about 2 o'clock
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Reply By: Member - BUSH CAMPER - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 17:01

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 17:01
Most people go clockwise, but when we were there some " elderly, unfit people" went anticlockwise and found much easier.
It is a must if you are up that way, take water and a snack and smell the roses.
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Follow Up By: Members Pa & Ma. - Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 09:48

Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 09:48
Hi Rosco,
I've lost my first follow up.
We did it 18 yrs ago. It is Lovely. I couldn't climb the rock.
I'm not well, but started as early as possible & took many rests.
Have someone with you who knows your limits they can scout ahead while you rest & see if you can manage the next bit. Take the climb slowly, if you aren't able to go on then at least you've tried.
Other people will be helpful.
Keep away from the edge, you may find you suddenly get vertigo.
Take a torch in case you don't beat the dark back.

I followed up on this one because when we got to the downward haul home, we thought the same about the anticlockwise but then you have a hell of a steep descent. Only you know which you'd cope better with. Ma
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Reply By: Member - PhilD_NT - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 17:07

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 17:07
I did it 35 years ago and found the first bit a struggle but was all worth it. Would I now do it at 62? Definitely not the rim but happily do the valley walk. Same basically goes for Ayers Rock and you only have to read some of the plaques (if they are still there) to those that died to wonder whether it was worthwhile to end up that way. There is far more to life than loosing it doing those things if you are uncertain. Having said that though, at that much younger age myself and a workmate climbed the rock and were struggling a bit, until we started to be caught up by a bunch of pensioners just plodding along. It was get a move on or be shamed.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 17:15

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 17:15
Sure, it's a bit steep at the start, but take it easy with appropriate rests.
I was 77 years old when I first did it. I'm reasonably fit but no athlete. Even have a bit of lung capacity limit but the rest of me works OK, so I pause to catch my breath as needed on such climbs.
It is a 6 hour walk so take at least a litre of water pp and maybe some scroggin (a mixture of dried fruit and nuts) or other nutritious snack. Wear good hiking footwear.
Cheers
Allan

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 17:27

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 17:27
Mate

We did it about 3 years ago and we are not spring chickens.

The DA has 2 bung knees and we just took our time.

We arrived a bit before sunrise and were on the rim in time to watch to sun come up.

The walk is not hard except for the 1st bit. As others have said take your time.

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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 19:04

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 19:04
My 75 year old mother in law did it with us. May as well not go if you don't walk it. I'm surprised at the number of people who are like us and rated Kings Canyon in front of The Olgas in front of Uluru

Mark
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 19:26

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 19:26
G`day Rosco,
Mate don`t take any notice of the signs along the path, there is one there that I think says it is a 5.6 klm walk, some fool put a decimal point in there, it is actually 56 klm , even further as the day heats up. :>) LOL

Good boots, hat, camera, 2 ltrs of water, some energy snacks in a shoulder bag and an early start and you will be very glad you did it.

Scrubby.
I don`t know where i`m going but i`m enjoying the journey.

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Reply By: Member - johnat - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 20:11

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 20:11
Really, really REALLY important ... start early in the day, get there as early as you possibly can, and get the first bit of the climb done early. In the middle, there's a set of stairs down into a gorge, and then another set to get back up to the rim again. These will test you, but the walk is absolutely well worth the effort. We did it early summer, and the heat was fairly intense by 11am.

For mine, the earlier you start, and the easier you take it, the better it will be. Take plenty of water, and take plenty of pics! (they will make you stop regularly!)
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Reply By: Gronk - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 20:17

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 20:17
I did it in less than 2 hrs...and I wasn't fit at all...although I was ONLY 50 yrs old...

But if you think you can walk up 3 stories of stairs, you'll have no trouble.....and what has been said before, if you cark it while doing it....what a way to go......better than being spoon fed in a nursing home..

And anticlockwise is not a bad idea either....will be slightly easier..

As for being unfit and overweight......yep, that's normally the way it is....but not always...
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony Z (NSW) - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 20:45

Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 20:45
Hi all when I was there a young guy with a school group fell down the steps to the oasis and broke his leg, a helicopter was called in to lift him out to the resort. BUT the Rim walk is absolutely worth it take your time, we spent about 4-5hrs there and if I remember correctly the down hill at the end is worse on your legs I'm 58. Then you can unwind at the show at the pub (it was the AFL semi's when we were there) great time with the young crowd
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Reply By: Graeme - Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 09:09

Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 09:09
A couple of years ago my wife and I did the walk and we were at the time 63 & 67. We started early and so glad we did.
The walk is not to be missed and if it is possible.
My wife has arthritis and osteo problems but we took it carefully.
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Reply By: Malcolm 02 - Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 10:45

Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 10:45
My wife and I did it a few years ago, I in my 60's and my wife who is a long term diabetic with all its complications (mild heart disease, balance problems, need to be careful not to get blisters, etc.). We just took it easy, left early with a snack in the backpack, plenty of water ( 1ltr ea.) + a thermos of coffee. It took us 4 hours but we had a great time and enjoyed those beautiful views.
Enjoy it if you can.
Mal
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Reply By: Member - Bookleaf - Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 20:48

Saturday, Aug 09, 2014 at 20:48
Did it early June this year I'm 67, mate is 71.
As said the first bit is steep (300+ steps at at what seems to be a vertical assent) but with rests at the allocated rest stops, the worst is over.
A lady (60'sh) was attempting the start for the second time in 2 years and was going 10 steps between rests. She completed the whole walk I noted later.
At the wooden steps in the middle, do not forget to go to the hidden(??) valley. The path is halfway up the other side. We did not. (I was holding my 71yo mate back and decided to not do this deviation - a regret)
At the point where you pass from the "start" side of the walk/rim to the "home run" side of the rim, there is a one-way gate to stop anticlockwise walkers. Guess you could wait for someone to come along and open the gate, but there must be a reason to prevent anti-clockwise walkers.
Besides, I agree, I think the trying to ascend the decent trail would almost be as bad as the 300 steps.
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