Kat Dumont at the peak of WA's Bluff Knoll, which is listed as one of Australia's 25 best hikes.
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Bluff Knoll bush walk

Wow, I can’t believe I leave for China in a number of days! Where have the past few months gone?

Well I’m pretty proud to say that I reached my fundraising goal, have worn in my not so attractive hiking boots, got up to speed on best cultural practice, learnt how to pronounce Ni Hao and am ready and raring to go! Bring on Beijing!



Located in Western Australia’s Stirling Range National Park, Bluff Knoll is the state’s third highest peak.

Bluff Knoll training hike

I’m not going to lie; as much as this is a trip of a lifetime, the last few months have been tough. Finding time to train (in the middle of winter) whilst working full time, all while trying to fundraise. It has been a huge juggling act but I’m over the hump and can’t wait to step foot on the Wall.

One of the best training hikes I did was Bluff Knoll. It’s the highest peak in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. It’s 1099 m above sea level, which means a gruelling six kilometre round trip. It took us 2.5 hours to ascend and another 1.5 to descend back down! It was a challenge and I wanted to give up so many times, but we were rewarded at the top with a sight unseen in WA…SNOW!

We just so happened to set off in 15-degree temperatures, only to be greeted by sub zero temps at the top. It was an incredible experience and you can definitely see why it’s listed as one of Australia’s 25 best hikes!



The picturesque Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China.

The best view comes after the hardest climb

So, as I pack my suitcase, prep my day pack and buy every single blister plaster on the market, I leave you with a quote which has resonated with me in my China prep: “The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

I look forward to sharing my experience – and of course my pictures – with you on my return!

Former Australian Survivor contestant Kat Dumont is walking the Great Wall of China in support of Australian charity Act For Kids. Read about her training schedule and the reason why she became involved in the first place.

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A Project Officer at The University of Western Australia, Kat Dumont is known to fans of Australian Survivor after competing in the 2017 Samoan series. Kat's next challenge involves an 11-day trek along the Great Wall of China to support Act For Kids, an Australian charity that provides free services to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

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