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Movember madness – Summer hits Cradle Mountain

7 December 2011 No Comment

Lake Lilla - Tasmania - Cradle Mountain National Park
November: From the word ‘novem’ (9 in Latin) November was the 9th month of the Roman calendar, which began in March. November is now, of course, the 11th month of the Gregorian calendar. But there’s another evolution occurring for the month of November…ever heard of  ‘Movember’?

Now, I very much enjoy spending time with so many different types of people on Cradle Mountain, and I have written about it before. There is no way to stereotype us Cradle Mountaineers, as we all come from such wide and varied walks of life. But this November our Mountain Men were united, as were we all, by one important factor: (Accessory? Adornment? Appendage??) the humble moustache.

Every single one of my male colleagues sported a moustache in way or another last month. Every single one. 14 in total. We even had a ‘Mo Sister’ in our ranks, a female sympathiser who didn’t want to rest on her feminine laurels and campaigned just as hard as the boys did for this fantastic cause! They replaced the tip jar with a donation box, we postered the property to within an inch of its life, and the Mo Bros/Sisters asked and cajoled and persuaded anyone who would listen to give what they could. And it paid off, with our friends and workmates exercising extreme generosity and giving us a total amount that exceeded all of our expectations.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing, though – we had an early out by the General Manager, due to an official commitment, and we had some (completely fair, in my opinion) fines handed out, as well as the 1st Runner Up for the Mo Sister title, to one of our ‘Cradle Mountain Mo Bro’ members who had a hard time understanding the difference between a goatee and a moustache with handlebars (it is vast, believe me). In spite of those couple of hiccups, they all did a fantastic job, and I hope they know how proud of them their Mo Sisters are.

November has also brought with it the beginning of Activities Season on Cradle Mountain! National Parks and Wildlife are running their free guided walks daily, the shuttle buses are transporting eager visitors into the park from 8am to 7pm, Cradle Mountain Canyons are taking people on the trips of their life, and Cradle Mountain Helicopters are doing the same. Accommodation is filling up fast, Christmas holiday are on their way, and we are just gearing up for our busiest time of the year.

We’re ready for a super summer season!

Speaking of summer, I’d just like to make mention of the fact that, as I’m sure you are aware, the 1st of December is generally considered the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere…unless you live on Cradle Mountain, that is. We enjoyed a lovely overnight snowfall on the 30th and some left over sleet made its way down the mountain to us on Thursday the 1st. Could we be in for a white Christmas this year? I’ll keep you all posted!

Koby Blizzard is a born and bred Tasmanian who works and lives in the Cradle Mountain area. She loves all things Cradle and Tasmania and is just embarking on a writing career. This latest piece is about her exploits while working at Cradle Mountain.

Image: Ian Smith , see more of his work over at Virtual Tourist.

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