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.

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,…

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…

We went chasing waterfalls

For a long time I only had one CD in my car.  It was one of the Triple J’s Like a Version albums. It got played on climbing trips, camping trips and trips to the supermarket. One of the songs was a cover of the TLC song, Waterfalls.  If you want to listen to it,…

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…

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: 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…