Always pack your headtorch

I started drawing this “map” while I was bouncing around in the back of Johannes’ ute. The ute was zooming along Paterson Forest Road, towards Mount Allyn Lookout. Johannes had heard reports of a spectacular waterfall and gorge on the Paterson River.  He wasn’t sure exactly where the gorge would be – so he hatched…

#Outsideisfree and other lies

I spend way too much time, scrolling through outdoorsy images on Instagram. Sometimes I get inspired by the images I see. Sometimes I add places to my travel wishlist. Sometimes I chat to like-minded people who I will never meet in the real world. Sometimes I see a pair of outrageous climbing tights that I…

Tongariro Northern Circuit

I flew to New Zealand with a backpack that was 2 feet taller that I am. Inside the bag was all my camping gear, all my mountain biking gear, and a second set of adventuring equipment for my little brother. He has been working in NZ for a few years, and this was my first…

Gear Up Girl 2018

Have you ever let out a squeak of excitement in a public place… then had everyone around you stare at you with raised eyebrows, or politely look away? Well, I did that recently, in Burger King somewhere just off the highway in New Zealand.  I had stopped there to use the wifi and inhale some…

MS Gong Ride 2017 – We made it!

Earlier this year, a message popped up on my phone. It was a link to the MS Gong Ride website and the word “Keen” with a question mark after it. A bunch of climbing friends were thinking about forming a team, and wanted to know if I would join them. It’s an event where you…

2 weeks left – MS Sydney to Gong Ride

I have entered the 2017 MS Sydney to the Gong bike ride and will be riding 82km (or 51  miles) to raise funds for people living with multiple sclerosis. Since signing up for this challenge, I have learned a handful of things about Multiple sclerosis (MS): Sclerosis is the Greek word for scars. MS happens…

Learning to fly

Dirtbagjens just spent a week learning to fly with the fine folks at Manilla Paragliding. Now that he is home safe… and both our mothers know the truth about his antics… I can finally share this short edit that he put together one day when there was too much wind. Stay tuned for stories about…

The long approach to nowhere

For a long time, I never really understood why people went bush walking. It just seemed like a long, slow way to suffer. As a kid, I would sit in the back of our family car, as we drove down roads surrounded by dry scrub or lush rainforest.  My parents would comment on how beautiful…

Dirtbag dining: Happy Hummus Bowl

Ingredients 400g can lentils 400g can of chickpeas Leafy green stuff Carrot – chopped into matchsticks Tomatoes, capsicum or any other veggies you have lying around Olives and/or sundried tomatoes Feta (or any kind other kind of cheese) Hummus Serves 2 hungry mountain bikers. Method You choose whether to make it home, or just throw…

13 Reasons to Rant about Travel

Originally posted on doctormowgli:
An article popped up on my social media feed recently.  It listed 13 reasons why I shouldn’t worry about stupid things like money or security, and should ‘just travel’ instead. As I read through the list, I felt a familiar rage building up inside me.  Want to know why? Cracks neck,…

Learning to lead – 11 ways to keep cool above your bolt

I’ve recently started to lead climb as much as I can to get confident to go out for a day’s rock climbing without needing my partner to climb and clean climbs for me. I’m finding a lot of climbs I’m smashing on top rope, but as soon as I’m on lead and above the bolt,…

Plastic boats and plastic oceans

Last month I signed myself up for a Marine Debris Kayaking Challenge off Kooragang Island.  My new-found love of kayaking had run headlong into my guilt for always declining my friends’ repeated invites to Hunter Intrepid Landcare events. I had run out of excuses. It was time to give it a go. This was the…