The Mysterious Lindeman Pass

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I love a good story. And the story of The Lindeman Pass in the Blue Mountains is a cracker. Today I was reminded of this quote by Thomas Edison, which I found inside my daily Happy Pills. So, Edison was obviously passionate, focussed, single-minded and one could argue,  obsessive. So too, was Charles Lindeman. A council alderman in the Blue Mountains and a man on a mission to build a … [Read more...]

Where’s your hiking home?

3 Sisters and Mt Solitary, Blue Mountains, Australia

Following on from last week's post about living in small spaces, I've been thinking about where I feel most at home. I've always said, that 'home should be your refuge'. It's the place where you can go and shut the door, relax, truly be yourself and be at peace. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDm_H1WUoOo I kinda feel like I've got two homes... one indoors and one outdoors. I know I do … [Read more...]

The Quintessential Australian Travel Bucket-list : Uluru-Kata Tjuta NP

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How many times have you met tourists who've seen more of your country than you have? Even though I felt like I've done quite a bit of travelling around this vast ol' Aussie continent, much of it has been during roadtrips with my family in childhood (#AreWeThereYet #MumImBored) or as an adult, to places that are hiking Meccas as I heed the call to bushwalking … [Read more...]

Mt Paralyser and other names that inspire fear

One of my favourite sketch maps - the wonderful Dunphy Maps

When looking over the topographic maps for the southern parts of the Blue Mountains, especially the Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness area, a virgin navigator would be forgiven for never wanting to step foot in this part of the world, due to the array of fear inducing, high blood-pressure invoking place names. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u5wXYfGvNE&w=640&h=360 After putting off tackling … [Read more...]

Six Foot Track Project Launch!

Guess who on the bridge?

Ok, so you know how they always say, 'Never start with an apology - it's too negative.'? Well, here I am breaking with tradition because for the last couple of weeks, I've taken leave of my blogging senses to concentrate on a very exciting new project that is launching this week! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wtaGaUdl8 For the past year, I've been working with the fabulous Matt … [Read more...]

Missing Cessna VH-MDX : Where in Barrington Tops is it?

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Do a search for "VH-MDX" in Google and you'll find all sorts of things. Unfortunately, what you won't find (yet) is the location of this missing Cessna aircraft, that disappeared over Barrington Tops National Park, north-west of Sydney in August 1981. It truly is Australia's greatest aviation mystery and one that has confounded everyone from search & rescue and aviation experts, locals, … [Read more...]

Hiking on the Gold Coast… Really?

Never too old for roller coasters!

It's fair to say that there are different types of hikers out there and that the outdoors is a very subjective place. What is one person's Everest, is another's anthill. For those of us who venture out weekly and find that the weight of an overnight pack on our backs brings a comforting sense of home, it can be easy to forget what it's like for the rest of the population. For all those … [Read more...]

Secrets of the Police Rescue Rat Pack

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A little while back I took part in a Land Search and Rescue workshop run by the Blue Mountains Police Rescue squad. It's just one of the many great training opportunities thanks to the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad. On this two day workshop, we worked with our colleagues in other volunteer squads such as the SES and RFS. We learnt about Search Management from Police Rescue and put … [Read more...]

Loving Australia

In my life, I've been lucky enough to travel and see many places in this amazing planet that we live on. I've watched sun sets over lava churning volcanoes, walked endless steps along european cobbled stones and sat on ancient steps in the Holy Land. Cycled beside the greenest rice paddies, soaked naked under moonlight in a mountain spring and chanted amongst candles in a monastery. But … [Read more...]

The Point of No Return

Only 500m to decision time

It goes without saying that at some time in our outdoors life, we will all have to deal with injury of one type or another. If you're lucky, it won't happen on a trip, requiring a rescue, however one of the issues that many of us have to face over time is over-use or recurrent niggles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWI-i0MzWWI Over the last month or so, I had been fighting a dodgy knee. … [Read more...]