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,…

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…

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…

50 shades of green

I spent most of my time in Germany marvelling at how insanely green everything was. I am used to the steely bluish-green of eucalyptus leaves.  I am used to the faded green of tired sun-bleached sugar cane.  I am used to dark green sea-weed on white sandy beaches. But the bright greens of the forests…

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…

Why I Climb – Episode 1

This is the first episode of the interview project ‘Why I Climb’. Dirtbaglawyer Georgia came up with the concept and is the first one to be interviewed for the series. There are so many cool adventurers around and everyone has their own unique reasons  why they’re drawn to outdoor sports. We will try to pick…

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…

Achtung Kamele: Climbing in northern Germany

Earlier this year Dirtbagjens was invited to speak at a conference in Germany. It was the perfect opportunity to visit his family and check out his native habitat.  I immediately booked flights and did my best to squeeze as much German into my brain as I could. I found one really great podcast called Coffee Break German, which I listened to…

Dirtbag dining: Spicy chorizo soup

Here’s the recipe for one of my go-to camping meals: I call this one Spicy Chorizo Soup. Ingredients At least 2 chorizo sausages When I say chorizo, I’m talking about a Spanish style sausage.  Apparently there are a bunch of other tasty things out there that get called chorizo.  I’ll make it my mission to…

Lacquerhead – a tale of projecting, training and video making

Last weekend I sent my project, a short and dynoie climb called Lacquerhead (25) on the central coast. It was super fun and I learned a lot during the process. Firstly I learned that structured training for climbing works really well. The weeks before I climbed Lacquerhead was the first time that I actually stuck…