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Mt Gower, Lord Howe Island

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Hike the paths of Mt Gower to see 57 variations of endemic ferns and over 200 species of native birds, such as a variety of rare petrels, discovered to be breeding here in 1914. Bushwalking, natural history tours, talks, and guided hikes take place along the many trails leading up to the peak of the mountain, which is 875 meters (2,871 ft) high. The highly eroded mountain was produced about 6.3 million years ago by successive basalt lava flows that once filled a large volcanic crater. Evidence of this ancient activity can be seen as horizontal basalt strata on the mountain’s cliffs, which are occasionally interspersed with dikes. Put Mt Gower and other Lord Howe Island attractions into our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary website, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • an excellent but challenging experience hence the 5 stars no view at the summit on our climb last week due to set in cloud and then rain had the misfortune to wear hiking boots - this was a serious.....  more
    an excellent but challenging experience hence the 5 stars no view at the summit on our climb last week due to set in cloud and then rain had the misfortune to wear hiking boots - this was a serious.....  more »
  • Walked or should I say climbed Mt Gower last week and it was tough. Jack gives little encouragement or support but simply guides you up and down - interspersed with some amusing stories. The views... 
    Walked or should I say climbed Mt Gower last week and it was tough. Jack gives little encouragement or support but simply guides you up and down - interspersed with some amusing stories. The views...  more »
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  • Best hike I've done in my life! Absolutely beautiful views every step of the way. The rocky beach, to the huge black volcanic cliffs, to the lush forest and finally the misty mountain at the top which is like another world- and the Providence Petrels! One crash landed to the ground right in front of the girl in front of me! Was awesome ! You can only do this hike with a guide, and we had Jack from Lord How Island Environmental Tours and he was awesome ! Very knowledgeable and friendly man. Mount Gower is a must do if your on this Lost World (Lord Howe Island) !
  • OK, so we signed up with the island's most experienced guide to climb Mt. Gower. He didn't disappoint and has methodically and safely delivered the adventure. Jack even dropped me back to the resort when I couldn't bike back (legs died!). In a group of 20, my husband and I finished last, 15mins behind the pack. The journey was pretty much straight up and same way down, each way roughly 4 hours, with a couple of short traverses on the wall of the mountain (people with vertigo might find them challenging). We counted a total of 35 ropes along the way to pull up/abseil down steep parts of the climb. If you read this before the climb, we like to share our hindsight: you need relatively fit bodies and endurance. Your knees if weak or have had injuries before can benefit from taping or knee guards. Gloves to avoid chafing when handling ropes, walking stick even if you have room in your backpack. Lots of energy nibbles that are handy and bite sizes. A decent snack at the summit to load up energy for the way down (I thought down is more challenging than up. Up is more leg strength). We hiked Kim's Lookout and Malabar Hill the day before and thought for a much more manageable hike the view was unparallelled. Looking around and down from summit of Mt. Gower is of course special but the relative effort to get there is huge. Our lucky star and guardian angel, Malakai (second mountain guide) was with me the whole way down, motivating and assisting the whole way, offered to stop and rest. When recounting our day with the resort staff, one said to us that Malakai (bare-foot-gentleman-climber extraordinare) usually runs the course, and doing it bare footed.

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