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…

Climbing with girls

Last weekend, I went climbing in the Watagans National Park.  There were six of us there that day.  Three guys, three girls.  At some stage during the morning we split off into two groups to climb at two different ends of the crag. Girls at one end. Guys at the other. I started up a…

A Case for the Purcell Prusik as a Personal Anchor System

Guest post! Dirtbagjens did some testing on the purcell prusiks that we’ve been using to attach ourselves to anchors when we’re out rock climbing.  Sometimes these skinny bits of cord are the only thing keeping us attached to the rock.  Turns out they’re actually pretty strong, which is good news for us!  Here’s his write…