New Paths: The Saga Continues

High and Wide: Landscape &emdash; New PathsAt the end of June my brother Tom moved to Canberra to pursue further study opportunities. Although not the other side of the world, it is still a big change for us both, as regular readers have probably figured out, we do a lot together.

Being one of our favourite places, we decided to spend one more weekend out at Girraween before he left. A big goal for the trip was for Tom to have one more attempt at his long term project climb, New Paths, and to hopefully get some good photos in the process. He’s now left for greener pastures, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to reflect on the last few years of climbing trips to this amazing park. Continue reading

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 – Girraween

Girraween keeps dishing out the surprises. We climbed at a crag we hadn’t visited before on Saturday. The routes and rock formations were stunning. I took this shot as the sun was setting. Tom is climbing one more route for the day before bush-bashing our way back to the track in the dark. Another memorable day out. Girra Adventures

Visioning the Outdoors

I’m very excited to have two of my photos listed as finalists in the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) – Visioning the Outdoors photo competition.

From here it is a “Like” fest so I would appreciate any votes on my two images (found in the fourth row). Thanks.

The images shortlisted are:

Knut cutting loose on Impulse (24) at Frog Buttress

Enjoying the view. Tom at Toolona Falls, Lamington N.P.

Merry Christmas/Year in Review

With Christmas virtually upon us, and as a thank you to those who have supported the blog over the years or those who have shown interest in its new incarnation here over the last month, I thought I’d put up a full quality version of one of my favourite landscapes from this year for readers to use as a PC desktop.

To download the image click the preview below, then click the download button at the top of the page. If you’d like different resolutions just let me know via a comment below.

Mt. Maroon East Face

Mt. Maroon East Face 1920 x 1200px Desktop Background

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