8 Mountains in 8 Days

Adventure with Purpose

8 Mountains in 8 Days

Mount Adelaide Credit Chelle Fisher.

After the period following my Camino Salvado charity hike, I found myself in a bit of a difficult phase. As is always the case when I connect with the outdoors, I invariably unpack and uncover parts of myself that have previously been hidden deep within my soul. These newfound values and beliefs prompted significant changes within my networks and community. The hiatus was further extended due to relocating to the southwest and navigating through the challenges of the pandemic, so I took some personal time on my sobriety anniversaries for reflection.

However, in July 2022, I emerged from this introspective period with renewed vigor, announcing my latest adventure: tackling 8 mountains in 8 days to commemorate my 8th year of sobriety. As before, my journey was not just about personal achievement but also about giving back to a cause close to my heart. I chose to dedicate this challenge to raising funds and awareness for the Albany Family & Domestic Violence Action Group, an organization tirelessly working to eliminate family and domestic violence in the Albany region.

The journey ahead was not to be taken lightly. Despite not facing 8 grade 5 mountains, the endeavor was still daunting, especially amidst the demands of motherhood, studying, and work commitments, not to mention battling through injuries. Nevertheless, the 8 days were nothing short of extraordinary. I covered a total of 32km, ascending a staggering 1566 meters, with the highest elevation reaching 809m above sea level. Each mountain presented its own set of challenges, with Mount Trio standing out as both my favorite and the toughest climb. However, beyond the physical exertion, the real triumphs were the personal revelations and moments of growth experienced along the way. One such pivotal moment occurred atop Mount Hallowell, where I found the courage to let go of the weight of the past, a realization that brought immense relief and liberation.

I'm thrilled to share that through your generous support, I raised a total of $990 for the Albany Family & Domestic Violence Action Group, a contribution that will undoubtedly make a meaningful impact on the invaluable work they do within our community. Thank you to everyone who joined me on this journey, whether through donations, encouragement, or simply following along. Your support has made all the difference and will continue to fuel our collective efforts towards creating a safer, more compassionate world.


Read below as I delve into the highlights, challenges, and reflections from this unforgettable adventure.

Day 1 - Mount Hallowell

Mount Hallowell
Mount Adelaide

Day 2 - Mount Adelaide

Day 2 of the challenge beckoned me to the historic Mount Adelaide, nestled within the picturesque Anzac Heritage Park in Albany. While it may have been the easiest leg of my journey, its significance far exceeded its simplicity. As I embarked on the trails winding through the park, memories of my youth flooded back—days spent outdoors, building cubbies in the bush, and finding solace in the camaraderie of the Army Cadets. Despite the challenges I faced during those formative years, the cadets provided a sense of belonging and instilled valuable life lessons that have shaped my character to this day. Exploring Mount Adelaide, with its towering presence and rich military history embodied by the National Anzac Centre and Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, evoked a mix of nostalgia and introspection. Amidst the remnants of military infrastructure, I couldn't help but reflect on the path that led me here and the resilience that has been forged along the way. Though the attractions were closed in the late afternoon, the tranquility of the surroundings provided a welcome opportunity for contemplation. As I traced the perimeter of Mount Adelaide and ascended to Convoy Lookout, each step felt like a journey of self-discovery amidst the serene beauty of the landscape. Mount Adelaide may have been a practical addition to my schedule, but its significance as a symbol of growth and resilience was undeniable. It served as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of embracing one's past while journeying toward the future, leaving me inspired and invigorated for the challenges that lay ahead.

Day 3 - Mount Melville

Mount Melville
Mount Pingerup

Day 4 - Mount Pingerup

Mount Pingerup in D'Entrecasteaux National Park, a mere 25 kilometers from the charming town of Walpole. Energized by the prospect of adventure, I set out on the moderately challenging 5.5-kilometer return hike, brimming with anticipation of the panoramic views awaiting me at the summit, towering 162 meters above sea level. Navigating through the park's diverse terrain, I encountered steep sections that tested my resolve, yet each step brought me closer to the promise of breathtaking vistas spanning Broke Inlet, the Southern Ocean, and the sprawling expanse of D'Entrecasteaux National Park. With every upward ascent, I felt a surge of determination coursing through me, fueling my determination to reach the pinnacle of Mount Pingerup. Upon reaching the summit, my efforts were rewarded tenfold as I was greeted by a magnificent sight—a full rainbow arcing across the sky, casting a kaleidoscope of colors over the rugged landscape below. It was a moment of pure wonder, a testament to the beauty and unpredictability of nature that never fails to leave me in awe. As I began my descent, nature offered another delightful surprise—a gentle shower of rain that provided a refreshing reprieve from the exertion of the hike. Despite the wet weather, my spirits remained high as I reflected on the significance of this halfway point in my challenge. With four mountains conquered and four more to go, I couldn't help but feel a sense of gratitude for the support I had received thus far in reaching my fundraising target. To all who have donated, commented, messaged, or shared my journey, I extend my heartfelt thanks for your encouragement and generosity. As I look ahead to tomorrow's adventure in the Porongurup Range, I relish the opportunity to continue exploring and pushing my limits amidst the natural wonders of Western Australia. But for now, I look forward to indulging in a well-deserved spa bath and savoring the comfort of the biggest bowl of pasta I've ever seen, knowing that rest and nourishment are essential for the challenges that lie ahead.

Day 5 - Nancy's Peak, Porongurup National Park

Nancy Peak
Mount  Martin

Day 6 - Mount Martin

Day 7 - Mount Trio, Stirling Range

Mount Trio
Mount Frankland Sunrise (37)

Day 8 - Mount Frankland 

On the final stretch of my 8 Mountains in 8 Days odyssey, I embarked on the ascent of Mount Frankland in Walpole. Knowing the forecast called for inclement weather, I opted for an early start, braving the predawn darkness for the 75-minute drive to the trailhead. Despite the weariness that had begun to settle into my limbs after a week of hiking, my body remained surprisingly resilient, with only a few minor twinges serving as a gentle reminder to proceed with caution. Ascending the trail, the memory of the challenging 300 steps over 200 meters flooded my mind—an uphill battle that demanded both physical endurance and mental fortitude. Yet, as I forged ahead, the splendor of the sunrise sky unfolded before me, a breathtaking display of soft pinks and oranges that momentarily eased the strain of the climb. Reaching the summit, I was met with a disheartening whiteout, the thick mist obscuring the sweeping vistas I had eagerly anticipated. However, as if responding to an unseen cue, the clouds began to part, revealing glimpses of the majestic landscape bathed in the golden light of dawn. Despite the initial setback, witnessing the gradual unveiling of the wilderness as the sun broke through the clouds was nothing short of magical. Standing atop Mount Frankland, surrounded by the serenity of the morning, I couldn't help but feel a profound sense of accomplishment and gratitude for the journey that had brought me to this moment.

"Mountains teach us that challenges are the stepping stones to greatness"