A snowshoe expedition from Perisher Valley to Porcupine Rocks, with great views over Thredbo Valley and lots to look at up closer.
The final steep climb up to the 3726m summit of Mt Rinjani in Indonesia is relentless loose scree. I’m exhausted, desparately counting out slip-sliding steps upwards between rests. We left our crater rim camp at 3am, and have already climbed over 1000m. The summit is within sight, but I am doubting I can manage the remaining stony climb. As my friend passes me, she reaches into her pack and gives me her last five jelly beans. I eat them. Slowly. One brightly coloured sugar-laden jelly bean at a time. (more…)
Armed with two very large rubbish bags and a “nifty nabber” claw, I set off from the checkpoint close behind the last team of the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2015. I was a volunteer trail sweep. I did not expect to fill such large bags. Bushwalkers are healthy, community minded types who love the outdoors. Surely the Oxfam teams wouldn’t litter? Sadly, I was wrong.
I can report from ample evidence that Oxfam trail walkers love to eat bananas. Lollies of all forms are eaten on downhill stretches, but never while going uphill. No-one takes a bush comfort break within a couple of kilometres of a checkpoint. (more…)
“Pole-pole” (pronounced polay-polay) is a common swahili expression. On treks in east Africa, you’ll be advised to take it slowly or “pole-pole”. My two trekking poles help me tackle steep ascents and tricky descents pole-pole, even if I lack the elegance of a light footed African gazelle. (more…)
Every year, about 130 bushwalkers get lost. Not wanting to be a statistic, and knowing the best way to improve our navigation skills was by practise, we entered two teams in our first 6 hour rogaining adventure. Rogaining is an outdoor adventure strategy game, a big social treasure hunt, and a fun way to explore a new area. The challenge is to set a strategic route and then successfully navigate using map and compass to the controls (checkpoints), collecting as many points as possible in the time allowed. (more…)
A full day ski-touring or snow-shoeing in spring snow to the summit of Australia, via North Ramshead and Cootapatamba Hut.