Larapinta Trail – Part 3

Larapinta Trail

The West MacDonnell Ranges National Park and the Larapinta Trail are one of those places that gets under your skin. It's big country, deep country and although seemingly rugged and parched, contains hidden waterholes like jewelled treasures dotted throughout. I was only there for 6 days on a highlights trip (the first and second on earlier blog posts), but if you're up to it, you can spend a whole … [Read more...]

Shooting Landscape Photographs

Blue Mountains Photography

... and why I'll never be happy with these photos A couple of months ago, I decided to run a weekend photography walk in the Blue Mountains for my bushwalking club. Due to the normal pace and style of our club's trips, there's never usually any time to take photos other than quick snaps with a point and shoot. However, I wanted to stop, take my time and really work through some camera … [Read more...]

Macpac Sololight Tent Gear Review

Macpac Sololight Tent

I can vividly remember the first meeting I had with the boss of Macpac as I signed on to become one of their brand ambassadors. As I casually dropped into the conversation that, 'not all of my gear is Macpac', he quickly responded with, "Why not?" https://youtu.be/PX4IbvcVWHY That conversation was over 18 months ago now, but I still remember explaining to him that although their Microlight … [Read more...]

How to make a hiking stove windshield

Hiking Stove Windshield

Having perfectly still wind conditions for cooking in the outdoors is a great way of saving fuel and getting your food quicker. The chances of that happening are pretty low, especially if camping in rock overhangs or on ridges. The simple solution is to put up some sort of barrier (or hiking stove windshield) to protect the flame from being blown around. As with most hacks out there, you can … [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...]

How to treat drinking water

Sydney's main water supply, Lake Burragorang

Living here in Australia, a country that is ironically surrounded by water, with a bloody great desert in the middle and frequently parched by drought, I now take it for granted that I need to carry a good amount of drinking water on hikes (bushwalks) and need to know how to treat drinking water that I gather along the way. http://youtu.be/fvn9-jcHcvQ I got a surprise when I received a … [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...]

Canyon Safety and Code of Ethics

Empress Canyon

There's something about sliding into a canyon and feeling it's ancient green embrace that makes me feel like Frodo. As the walls climb higher around me and the water calls me forward to join it tumbling over boulders, sliding down ropes and committing my life to 9mm of confidence, I can't help but feel that I've entered natures cathedral, where secrets, whispers and sacred moment are … [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...]

Galong Creek – Megalong Valley

Galong Creek

I heard a whisper about a place called Galong Creek back in 2008 and since then, I’ve always wanted to go. Finally, I got there recently and it was worth the wait! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bct7nNpJ8wI If you’re a regular visitor to the gorgeous Megalong Valley, you’ll be familiar with some of the landmarks along the way. That great feeling you get as the road winds down the escarpment … [Read more...]