Upsidedown, underwater and a bit uncertain

Dear Kayaking I’m still not sure how I feel about you. I could learn to love you. But it will have to be that creepy-upy kind of love. You see, rock climbing took me in right away. It was love at first sight. Climbing provided me with a constant stream of reassurance.  Each time I…

Why I Climb – Episode 2

Here’s the second instalment of the Why I Climb series. Check out episode one here. Dirtbagjens and I are trying to pick the brains of our fellow outdoor enthusiasts and see what motivates them to challenge themselves over and over again in ultimately useless pursuits. Everyone has their own unique reasons for heading outside and suffering… then…

Dirtbag dining: Campsite carbonara

This might just be my favorite adventure dinner.  It’s tasty, filling and simple to make. I originally found this recipe on a fabulous Trail Cooking website which is full of clever camping food options. I was pretty dubious when I read that the American adventurers were carrying fresh fragile eggs in their hiking packs…  But…

Bumbling round the ‘bungles

It all started on a dark and stormy night. The rain was closer to horizontal than vertical when Bekket and I locked the front door of our sharehouse behind us. We exchanged cheeky grins and  a quick thumbs up, then sprinted down the street to the spot where Bekket’s car was parked. The back of the car was…

Dirtbag dining: Mango salsa wraps

For a long time adventure lunch was a sad combination of tinned tuna and cheap muesli bars.  If you have a little bit of time to plan ahead, lunch can be filling and delicious.  These mango salsa wraps will give you the fuel you need to keep doing whatever it is that you do outdoors. Ingredients…

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…

Coastal climbs and boutique beer

Dirtbagjens has been experimenting with film lately. I can sense a new obsession developing. We had to buy a box for all the batteries, SD cards and camera lenses that are multiplying in our tiny apartment. New attachments and other gadgets are being 3D printed as I write this. Last weekend all the cameras made…

Stupid grins

‘You have to try the tree jump. It’s awesome.’ That’s when I saw that worrying grin spread across Starkey’s face. ‘Seriously, you’ll enjoy it’ The grin got wider. It’s the kind of grin that warns you that whatever he’s suggesting is slightly mad, somewhat terrifying, possibly painful and probably survivable. I usually see that grin at…

Manchmal ist es zu kalt zum Klettern

My first two days of climbing in the Frankenjura were spent brushing snow off of hand holds and coaxing my frozen fingers into tiny pockets in the limestone. I was quickly revising my mantra from ‘Es ist nie zu kalt zum Klettern’ to ‘Manchmal ist est zu kalt zum Klettern’ By the end of the…

Es ist nie zu kalt zum Klettern

“I’ve just thought of another phrase you need to learn” said Dirtbagjens as he threw our haulbag into the back of the car. “Alright, what is it?” “Es ist nie zu kalt zum klettern” he said, grinning. “Es issst nee tsoo cold fur klettering?” I hoped that I hadn’t just said something terribly rude in…