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Photos of the Week: I am a Rock

Photos of the Week: I am a Rock Photo

Photo by debmercury

Posted on April 5, 2012 in Photos

They might not be mountains, but some of our members have scaled some pretty impressive rocks! A recent trip by debmercury saw a huge glacial boulder called the Bowder Stone, in Keswick, UK. A trip to the top revealed some phenomenal views of the area. Conquering this rock is no small feat- it is estimated to weigh roughly 2000 tons and is 9 meters high. The stone was most likely brought by a glacier via Scotland, and is delicately balanced on one corner. A ladder allows easy access to the highest point.

MagdaDH_AlexH took some time in their visit to South Island, New Zealand, to catch a glimpse of these massive boulders.

They recount in their journal,
"There are many short and day hikes in the vicinity of Arthur's Pass village, but perhaps the most unique and also very accessible site is twenty kilometres or so west from Springfield, just past the Porters' Pass towards the Arthur's Pass. It's called the Castle Hill, and it's an extensive area of limestone outcrops forming a veritable labyrinth on a hillside.
We walk around, attempt bouldering, pose on and hide beneath the rocks which vary in size from small stones to larger than a house. The variety of shapes is fascinating: smooth, Henry-Mooresque, organic, the young sharp edges of just-cracked rock worn to flowing curves by the years of wind and water."

In Queensland, Australia, travelswithkids showed how big some of these boulders can be.

Part of the fun at these boulders are the wallabies as noted in their review,
"Granite Gorge gives two great reasons to visit: a fantastic landscape of huge black boulders to hike through, and a small colony of rock wallabies that you can watch and feed. We thoroughly enjoyed both these aspects on our tour.
Following the trails, we began clambering around on the house-sized boulders. The majestic rock formations are truly a unique landscape to explore. They've named a few of their bigger formations, such as the Turtle Rock, and there is an interesting split spherical boulder."

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Posted by jhartmann13 (JJ Hartmann)

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