Following the Skyline – The Cradle Mountain Traverse

High and Wide: Cradle Mountain Skyline &emdash; Cradle Mountain Pastels

When I say “Tasmania” what is the first image that pops into your mind? How about the second? My bet is that Cradle Mountain would be up there in the top three for many people. That iconic view of the mountain sitting over Dove Lake is hard to forget, and one that draws people in from around the world.

Located within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, the mountain itself is surrounded by a stunning array of native wildlife, clear alpine tarns, and numerous rocky peaks, all connected by a first-class network of tracks.

When I visited the park in late January this year it was my second time to the area. My first trip was 5 years ago with my now wife, and having never been to Tasmania previously it was the only place that I knew was a must-visit. We only stayed for one night on that trip, but it didn’t disappoint. The easy walk around Dove Lake at the base of the mountain left a lasting impression of gorgeous views, tiny moss gardens and of course, a desire to return one day and sample the more adventurous side of the park. Continue reading

Wild Magazine: Monolith – Moai

Climbing publications the world over are full of stories and photos of top climbers cranking down on insanely tiny holds or desperately steep routes. To the average weekend warrior, plugging their way up their latest project, these features make for great eye candy and motivation to improve. However, it doesn’t necessarily help plan for this or even next year’s great adventure.

I’m delighted to say that Wild Magazine Issue 147 is now available in shops and inside you’ll find my article on climbing The Moai in Tasmania. The article title page, shown below, has Mike searching for a hold near the top of the route. Definitely one of my favourite shots from the trip.

High and Wide: Other &emdash;

You can also read an excerpt from the article on the Wild website here.


Photo of the Week – Week 8

When visiting Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain we spent the afternoon just wandering around taking photos. We were lucky to come across this echidna right on the track that wasn’t phased at all by us taking photos. It just wandered around munching on ants.

I was using a 60mm Leica-R Macro lens so only had manual focus, but it allowed me to get very close and I hoped that if I could nail focus the results would be very sharp.

After watching him/her move around I set myself up where I thought it would move next. I preset focus and got ready. Sure enough, it came straight for me. Pushing its way through the stubborn undergrowth while I snapped as fast as I could.

To my delight this shot caught its eye in focus. I have entered this photo into Australian Geographics ANZANG photo competition which closed last week. Looking at previous years photos the quality is very high, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed and see what the judges think.

Coming Through

Photo of the Week – Week 7

Following on from last week’s shot of The Moai, this week I have a climbing shot from the same day.

We did the outing as a group of three: Scott, Mike and Myself. Scott had done the climb Sacred Site (18) a few years prior, so it was my turn to lead it this day. What a route! A full report is in the making, but this shot is a pretty good representation of the location and the climb. It shows Mike approaching the top while seconding. The waves crash below.

High and Wide: Tasmania 2015 &emdash; Reaching Out

Photo of the Week – Week 6

Ok, so we aren’t even into February and I’ve missed a week. It was for good reason though. I spent the week doing some awesome stuff in Tasmania which I’ll be posting up soon.

Here’s a first look. The Moai is located on the Tasman Peninsula and combined with other sea stacks makes Fortescue Bay a must visit spot for Rock Climbers.

The Moai

Another Week in Tasmania

Date: 14 – 22 April 2013

As mentioned in my previous post, I managed to get down to Tassy twice this year and this would be my second trip. This time was for my honeymoon with my beautiful wife Maree and once again The Apple Isle didn’t disappoint. The itinerary for the trip included Freycinet Peninsular (again), Tasman Peninsular, Bruny Island and Hobart. Continue reading

Two Weeks in Tasmania

Date: 23 February – 10 March 2013

I first visited Tasmania in 2008 with Maree. We spent a week touring in a campervan and we loved the place. I’ve been wanting to get back there ever since and this year I’ll be lucky enough to get down there twice. The first trip was with Tom and we spent two weeks walking and climbing at Ben Lomond, Freycinet Peninsula and Mt. Field.

Note: As usual be sure to click on the photos to see the full resolution version. They come out a bit blurry when reduced in size.
Note 2: This is a fairly extended trip report so it might be best to grab a coffee first. 😉

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