Mt. Whitney 2021

Help Simmo and Luke create a mentally healthier world.

We are standing up to join Team Black Dog to turn ground breaking research into life saving action.

In September 2021 we will be climbing the tallest peak in the contiguous USA (the tallest peak excluding Alaska and Hawaii) Mt. Whitney. This is a challenging two-day hike which takes us to an altitude of 14,500 feet or 4420 meters, that's almost double the height of Australia's tallest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko. You can follow our training, preparation and the Mt. Whitney summit itself on our YouTube channel - Fair Dinkum Hiking.

Each year a limited amount of permits are granted for people to summit this iconic peak. This year we have been lucky to win a permit in the annual lottery! We have decided to use this opportunity to bring awareness to mental illness and raise money for the Black Dog Institute. Both Simmo and Luke have had their own battles with the black dog in the past and hiking has been a great form of treatment.

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Australians every year, with the most common being depression and anxiety. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. It affects people from all walks of life — individuals, families, workplaces and communities.

Please donate today!

My Updates

Training Hike Completed

Friday 11th Jun
This week Simmo and I took on Mt. San Gorgonio as a training hike for Mt. Whitney. This was a tough 11,500 foot summit which we did over two days. You can see the full video at our YouTube channel 'Fair Dinkum Hiking'.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Joanne Rankin

Go Guys! Excellent cause and fun on the way. Stay safe.


Andrew Marsland

What a great cause and challenge. Best of luck with preparation and the climb!


Rich & Caro Charlton

Great quest, both the endeavour and the cause! 🙌


Michael Benjamin

Good luck buddy!


Zoe Bailey

Good luck guys !!! Very proud of you Simon!


Tracy Vo

Amazing, Moo! Love you xx


Susan Charles

Proud of you guys - keep on keeping on!


Ali And Liam

Go hard and conquer!



Good luck cheese!


Anthea Bourne

Go Luke!!


Wouter De Regt


Dale Adams


Ollie & Chad Oehlman

Enjoy the Challenge Luke best wishes Chad & Ollie ... GEEBUNG Australia.



Good luck boys!! 👊🏻


Jane Oravec




Emma Campbell

Awesome work guys


Jeff Austin

Good luck and stay safe on that epic climb!


Sam Bush

Good luck pal!


Luke Adams



Good luck with your climb.


Andrew Waller

Good luck boys! Looks like a real challenge and for a great cause 👍