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

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Stuart

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The Pin

one foot in front of the other and its ok to step back to go forward on this epic climb

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Orsolya Sztano

Good luck :)

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Lucy & The French Fam

Great job guys - hope you reach your goal

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Pam J Evenden

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Justin Case

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Nic Karandonis

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Joanne Rankin

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

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Andrew Marsland

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

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Merrilyn Hurst

Good luck! Great cause and I appreciate the effort you guys are going to!

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Hilary Kingsley

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Rich & Caro Charlton

Great quest, both the endeavour and the cause! 🙌

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Michael Benjamin

Good luck buddy!

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John Mackenney

Good luck to you both. Super important cause and great that you are out raising awareness. It makes a huge difference.

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Zoe Bailey

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

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Amanda Smolen

Sending good vibes, positive energy and all the stamina you both need to conquer Mt. Whitney! You got this Simmo & Luke, may this help go beyond the mountain!

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Tracy Vo

Amazing, Moo! Love you xx

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Rache, Moran

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Jordo Becroft

Guys, I am disappointed for two reasons: 1. The tallest mountain in the contiguous United States is nowhere near as impressive as the tallest mountain in the United States. 2. I’m not going with you. Have an epic trip boys. Great cause and I’m honored to know that without me, you guys wouldn’t be hiking together.. I’m very proud! Get err done!!!

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Susan Charles

Proud of you guys - keep on keeping on!

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Linda Spurr

I enjoyed your latest video. Take care of yourself and Go Team Whitney!

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Nick

Mate, fantastic effort and a great cause - enjoy the climb!!!

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Scarlett And Jack Acfield

Great stuff Simmo

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Nicki & Joe

All the best! Such a fantastic cause.

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Elena V

Enjoy the view from the top 🍻

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Julie South Australia

Good luck great cause guys Take Care 🙏🏽

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Alta & Amelia

Great job guys!

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Ali And Liam

Go hard and conquer!

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Jacob Ansell

Looks like an awesome hike! Must remember to click into videos more often.

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Tim Burton

All the best with the climb boys.

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Thommo

Good luck cheese!

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Anthea Bourne

Go Luke!!

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Mel Harcourt

From a complete stranger in Aus at a time when this cause is more important than ever. Go guys!!

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Scott Coppock

Well done mate!

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Wouter De Regt

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Dale Adams

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Ollie & Chad Oehlman

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

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Lou Sheath

Amazing effort Luke - can’t wait to see pics of the view. Great cause

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Belinda

Good luck boys!! 👊🏻

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Jane Oravec

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Anonymous

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Kate Rohr

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Emma Campbell

Awesome work guys

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Sasha Cody

Go for it lads! One foot in front of the other. That’s all it is.

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Jess Schutt

All the best on your quest! Jess and Len x

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Pete Momjian

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Jason C

Happy trails!

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Julie-anne & Hugo

Go Luke (and Simmo) Enjoy, stay safe and may the weather gods smile on you! Xx

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James Redgrove

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Jeff Austin

Good luck and stay safe on that epic climb!

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Erin Leo

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Beth

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Scott And Min Wilson

Better you than us boys! I'll join for a drink afterwards. Proud of you both.

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Marilyn Uvero

A small support for your organization

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Mary D

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Nicole Blakeman

🙂 have fun

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Schnitz

Good luck fellas.

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Matt Perry

Go Luke. What a great thing your doing. Go and get it mate

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Don Rabbitt

Kick some arse, Mate!

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Connie Richards

Great Job! What a wonderful cause!

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Steve Lee

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Sam Bush

Good luck pal!

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Luke Adams

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Anonymous

Good luck with your climb.

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Katie Hale

Good luck Luke! Awesome cause 💪🏻

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Andrew Waller

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

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Ricko

Just pretend it’s Bluff Knoll!