Best Winter Ever?

Frosty Flinders

Flinders Sunrise

Winter in South-East Queensland is awesome! High friction on the cracks at Frog Buttress, beautiful cool and clear days and you don’t have to get up as early to get photos of sunrise. It’s pretty much all good.

This years season has definitely been a memorable one. All I have to do is walk outside and look at my poor Subaru to be reminded of a few of the adventures. Yet to be cleaned, it is still encrusted in a fine layer of mud and dust caused by snow melt on the slippery back-roads of Ben Lomond (NSW). Continue reading

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

Photo of the Week – Blue Sphinx

Another photo from Girraween N.P. this week. We were on our way back from a day climbing and came across this slightly different view of The Sphinx and Turtle Rock.

The sun had already ducked behind the horizon so we were well into blue hour, but there was still some good colour happening in the clouds when we arrived on this rocky slab. I raced down the hill far enough for the iconic rock formations to create a silhouette, then luckily found these cool formations on the ground for some foreground interest.

High and Wide: Landscape &emdash; End of the Day

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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

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.

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Mt. Maroon East Face

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A New Perspective on Girraween

Date: 5 – 8 September 2013

Those who have kept an eye on this blog will probably have realised by now that Girraween is a favourite place of mine. This time a birthday trip was on the cards so Maree and I took a couple of days off work to make it a super long weekend, invited a few friends and off we went.

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Girraween in July

New Boots (16) with Wattles at Turtle Rock

Date: 23 – 29 July 2012

After a busy first half of the year I was really looking forward to a bit of time off from work. The frequency of my bushwalking posts has diminished this year mainly because the majority of my spare time has been taken up with rock climbing instead. It is just another way to enjoy the bush and the outdoors and often includes walking as well. So basically it’s win win as far as I’m concerned.

So during the last week of July, Tom and I decided to get in a solid few days of climbing at one of our favourite places no matter what the activity: Girraween.

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Girraween Again

Sunset behind Mt. Norman

Date: 21 – 22 Nov 2011

Maree and I have started a bit of a tradition of taking holidays during this week over the last few years and we weren’t going to skip this year. After our previous trip to the park in September we decided that we’d like to go back and explore it in further detail without the limitations of a single weekend. The highlight of the trip was definitely an overnight walk taking in Mt. Norman and Twin Peaks. Continue reading

Cold, Windy but Beautiful at Girraween

Date: 10 – 11 Sep 2011

Day 1:

Main Range at Sunrise from the Highway

Maree and I decided to get away for the weekend to Girraween N.P. near Stanthorpe. We got away to an early start on the Saturday morning which meant we got to the camp site by about 8:30 in the morning. There was a moderate number of people camping in both the Bald Rock Creek and Castle Rock Campsites and we chose the latter as we hoped there would be more exposure to the sun.

By 10:00 we were set up and ready to go. The plan for the day was to head out to The Sphinx and Turtle Rock to investigate the climbing opportunities there. The track heads off from the Southern End of the campsite and is also the starting point for the Mt. Norman and Castle Rock walks. The walking was extremely pleasant with the clouds clearing to a beautiful day and the good quality track providing easy walking up a gradual incline for most of the way. The only downside was the wind which was gusting to around 30 to 40KM/H. Continue reading