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…

Audio for adventures: 16 podcasts for your next roadtrip

Australia is a pretty big place. To keep up my reputation as a true weekend warrior, I often drive for hundreds and hundreds of kilometres to reach climbing crags, rivers, trail heads and camp grounds that I love. That means that I spend a lot of time on long, straight highways. During the week, I daydream…

Christmas in Australia

This is what Christmas looked like in the land of Oz.     Thanks to Morgan for the prawning photos, prawning tips and camping company!

Getting art-venturous

When I started this blog, I explained that photos and stories are two of my favourite things. I hoped that tit would give me a place to bring those things together. Photos. Stories. Memories of past adventures and daydreams about future trips. A new medium for me to tell tall tales of epic adventure and…

My mate Morgan

My mate Morgan notices things. When we climb together, I come home with photos of climbers and rocks. Morgan comes home with photos of all kinds of amazing creatures that I did not notice. Morgan points her camera at tiny flashes of colour, and transforms them into crystal clear photographs of birds, lizards, whales, dragonflies… you…

Pulse Climbing – Winter Warmer Boulder Series

Tonight I took my camera along to the third and final round of the Winter Warmer Bouldering competition at Pulse Climbing. It was awesome to see so many people taking part.  High school girls floated up steep climbs effortlessly.  Parents figured that if they had to take the kids to the gym, they may as…

11 tales of epic adventure

I love being outdoors. I love going on crazy adventures and having type two fun. Adventures are great and all, but sometimes it’s nice to just curl up somewhere comfortable with a cup of tea and your nose in a good book. Below is a list of my most treasured adventure stories.  I hope you enjoy…

12 and a bit things I wish I knew when I started climbing

I started climbing about four years ago and have found a lot of joy in the process of becoming a better climber. Along the way I did a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. I got stuck and I broke through plateaus. I faced many challenges I had not anticipated. Here…

Let’s talk about an Australian Access Fund

My colleagues at work have stopped asking me what I did on the weekend.  Now they just ask where I climbed this time. I’ve become predictable. Each weekend the entire floorspace of my teeny tiny apartment is submerged under a sea of rope, chalkbags, climbing shoes, quickdraws, sleeping bags and other adventure tools. That stuff…

Seven steps to dealing with fear

My most frightening incident occurred at 5,000 m in Spain, at the seven-hour mark of an exhausting flight, when I was in danger of being sucked up into clouds. I was on a new wing, and when it went into a parachutal stall after an incorrectly exited B-line, it didn’t respond in the same way…