Students, alumni, and passionate members of the University of South Australia Rock Climbing Club battled the heat and summoned the cliffs of the Flinders Ranges - tackling Devils Peak during their weekend trip up north.
Attendees challenged their skills, pushed their limits, and bonded as a club, all while they embraced the beauty and natural resourcefulness of SA’s largest mountain range.
“Being a rock climbing club we do take our adventures very far into the extreme zone ... but it’s when you get out of your comfort zone you really start to appreciate what you’ve got and where you are in the world,” club president Miljan Kilibarada said.
Faced with a heatwave of 35 plus degree days all weekend, Mr Kilibarada ensured his members stayed hydrated as a top priority and utilised teamwork to keep everyone safe and healthy.
“Before we started travelling, we decided we wanted to travel as a group – as a convoy – where if anyone needed any help, we’d all pitch in and take some gear off them… that's what we did for the two people (struggling),” said Mr Kilibarada.
“We gave them extra water, we brought extra Powerade so they could replace their electrolytes for the climb ... we just worked as a team to overcome our problems.”
The trip saw seventeen members attend who participated in climbing and hiking – including club committee member Alysha Wreford who said the Flinders Ranges is one of the best places she had climbed.
“The Flinders is kind of like the best-kept secret in South Australia … I would not say anywhere else can beat the Flinders Ranges,” Ms Wreford said.
“We had a mixture on the trip ... some members had been with the club for a little while, while for others this was their first climbing trip.”
“We had a couple of international members from Germany as well, and this was their first time outdoors climbing in Australia … and they absolutely loved it.”
Feedback suggested every member enjoyed their experience in the Flinders Ranges and with no one majorly injured, Mr Kilibarada declared his first trip as club president a success.
“You’ve got one life … use it the best you can,” Mr Kilibarada said.