Always pack your headtorch

If you’re going to chase waterfalls, and trudge down rivers in the dark… don’t leave your head torch in the car.

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…

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…

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: 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…

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…

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…

Risk, red tape and a guy called Rex

It  was the last week of work.  I’d ducked out of the office to grab a coffee.  On the way to the cafe I counted out the days between me and my flight to New Zealand.  I didn’t have to count very high. I handed some coins across a cafe counter and started googling adventure…