3 days on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Let's kick things off by repeating the often heard comment about Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia, from those who've been there. "It's actually really big." So once you get your head around the fact that it will take you around 2.5hrs to drive across the island from the east (where the ferry connects) to the west, you'll realise that there really isn't another option for a … [Read more...]

Larapinta Trail – Part 2

Larapinta Trail

In part one of my Larapinta Trail journey, I caught my first glimpse of Mt Sonder, took in breathtaking views from Counts Point and submerged myself in the icy waters of Ormiston Gorge. Each of us were finding our own pace within the group and slowly, the dust and stresses of our city lives began falling off us as the red dirt and sand of the MacDonnell Ranges National Park sunk deeper into our … [Read more...]

The three peaks – conclusion

GPS Data shows the profile of the trip. Source: Frances Bottrell.

The three peaks (the lazy way) continues... the final slog As we crept into our tightly sealed sleeping bags (just in case snakey realised he left something behind), inches from the babbling brook of Kanangra Creek, we all tried to sleep with the knowledge that our bloody leader was going to wake us up at 5am to get going. Oh, hang on... that was me. As my alarm went off after what felt like only … [Read more...]

Larapinta Trail – Part 1

Counts Point Boots

I talk a lot about wishlists. My mental list of adventures that one day, I hope to tick off. But it’s more than just ticking a box and being all task oriented about life. It’s about being able to bring these places into my own story and experience other people’s stories within it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuW1zIUsY0 Ever since I did a 12 day hike in Kakadu National Park a few years … [Read more...]

Kanangra Creek to Kanangra Creek (via 1000m up/down)

Mt Guouogang Three Peaks

The three peaks (the lazy way) continues... The 3 day, "three peaks (the lazy way)", adventure continues in this video, which shows the lengths (and heights!) I go to, to try and visit all three of the Blue Mountains 3 peaks, in the easiest route possible. http://youtu.be/yMW84_3MKt0 Day 2 had a fairly lazy start with Jim's excellent catch for breakfast and some downstream meanderings to … [Read more...]

Tips for Hiking Safely

BWRS - Training with Police Rescue and other squads

How not to be another missing bushwalker! Here in Australia, we've jumped head-first into Spring time which means that not only are the wildflowers coming out in abundance in our National Parks, but so too are hikers, that's bushwalkers to us Aussies! Therefore, it seems like a good time to cover off some of the basic preparation that everyone should do before heading out on an adventure, to … [Read more...]

Hiking for Fitness and Weightloss

Sept 2014 - Jumping for joy on the Larapinta Track. West McDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia.

If there's one blog post that I've been putting off writing, it's this one. It probably sounds strange, but as someone who has had a lifelong battle with their weight, to start talking about fitness and weightloss in such a public space as this, makes me feel pretty vulnerable and exposed. You see, if you never knew me in my childhood, through those awkward teenage years and into my … [Read more...]

Ettrema Gorge Adventure

Looking down Ettrema Gorge

Easter in Australia can be celebrated in many ways. I mean, let's think about it, any time you get four days off in a row is something to celebrate. For me, one of the best ways I've celebrated Easter was this year, when I set out for Ettrema Gorge for an adventure I'll never forget. http://youtu.be/IE41wzIEUQs?list=UU885b3fcSEShQdz6-v8KwLg Ettrema Gorge is found lying deep within Morton … [Read more...]

Mt Kosciuszko – Australia’s Highest Mountain

Mt Kosciuszko - Australia's highest mountain

From the DRUANTH (Down-Right-Un-Australian-Not-To-Have) list comes yet another admission from yours truly. Although not strictly on my list as way back in my childhood, back when it was possible to drive from Charlotte Pass to Rawson Pass (up until 1977... just showing my age!), this whipper snapper was dragged up Mt Kosciusko - Australia's highest mountain. I'm thankful to my non-outdoorsy … [Read more...]

Adventures with Altitude Sickness

Last year I had the amazing experience of returning to Peru to hike the Huayhuash Circuit. This is a pretty amazing 11 day trek and rates as one of the best hikes in the world. It was my first time ever at altitude and I'd heard a lot of stories. Before I left, I did a bit of reading on altitude sickness (OK, I Googled it a couple of times) and spoke with a whole bunch of friends who've been … [Read more...]