Moreton conquers the mountain

Published on LSCD Regan Kidd (author), ABML-P Karen Palmer (photographer)

Location(s): Brisbane

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Physical Training (PT), Adventure Training

Members of HMAS Moreton's ship's company and surrounding prior to tackling hill climb up 'Table Top Mountain' in Toowoomba. (photo: Unknown)
Members of HMAS Moreton's ship's company and surrounding prior to tackling hill climb up 'Table Top Mountain' in Toowoomba.
Members of HMAS Moreton’s ship’s company and surrounding outstations recently embarked on a trip to Toowoomba in Queensland, where they were confronted with a gruelling grade four climb up Table Top Mountain.
 
Lead by Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor June Cunningham for an adventure training exercise, the two-hour return journey was torturous as it was adventurous.
 
“It’s good to see that so many people showed up from other South Queensland outstations to participate in this activity,” Chief Petty Officer Cunningham said.
 
Hiking up steep gradients and over rocky outcrops, the grade four climb exceeded the expectations of most participants.
 
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Karen Palmer stated people were physically tested as the first 20 metres of the climb was the most difficult.
 
“It’s much tougher than I anticipated,” she said.
 
Clawing through on all fours, team Moreton reached the top of the mountain in spectacular fashion where the team celebrated its milestone achievements.
 
“Despite this adventure training being the toughest yet, our team did really well to make it to the top,” Chief Petty Officer Cunningham said.
 
The top of the mountain boasted 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside where plenty of people took the opportunity for photos of the spectacular views.
 
On completion of the celebrations atop Table Top mountain, there was a steep decline ahead.
 
Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Personnel Craig Grundy said it was equally challenging on the way back down.
 
“It’s harder on the legs going down as you’re constantly attempting to stop yourself from falling down the steep slopes,” he said.
 
The day was concluded with a barbeque at Picnic Point Park which gave everybody the time to relax and enjoy what Toowoomba has to offer.
 
Through this adventure training, Moreton was able to promote team unity, esprit de corps, fitness and well-being.