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…

Dirtbag dining: Red curry lentils

Ingredients 1 brown onion 800g tinned brown lentils 2 tablespoons red curry paste (carry in a zip lock bag if you need to save space and weight) 1 vegetable stock cube (plus 250mL of water) something green (broccoli and green beans both work well) splash of olive oil (keep in a small travel container… or a zip…