Outdoors Archive

Dec
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The exposed lava tube inside Red Crater.  The colour of the crater walls is due to extreme heat oxidising the iron content of the rocks.

The Hordes of Mt Doom

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing on New Zealand’s north island has a reputation as one of the most dangerous hikes in the country. On a good day it’s a hard slog across 20km of rock and scree taking you up onto the desolate but spectacular plateau that forms the base of Mt Ngauruhoe.

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Oct
18
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The Devil's Staircase in the Wonnongatta-Moroko National Park.

The Devil’s Staircase

Despite the spectacular views on offer around Mt Howitt it’s clear from the map that early European explorers had a rough time surveying the region.

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Aug
20
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Junk in a motorcycle workshop

Sri Lanka by Motorcycle

The best way to see Sri Lanka is on two wheels.

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Feb
25
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Sunrise lights up Mt Myōkō a dormant volcano that lasted erupted about 6000 years ago.

Adrift on Mt Myōkō

Earlier this year I tagged along with the Australian/International off-pissed ski team to the slopes of Myokokogen.  Matt chose Myoko because the guidebook gave it four and half snowflakes out of five in the ‘powder’ category.  Also because our plan called for us to go from there to Kyoto and then onto Tokyo and we wanted to make sure our itinerary doubled as a tongue twister.

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Feb
10
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Jim rests halfway up the Ironbound Range.  In the background you can see the Redpoint Hills that we crossed the previous day.

South Coast Track

Tasmania’s southern coastline is one of the most wild and remote parts of Australia

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Aug
18
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The tiny photo booth built into the wall of the Cliffside Plank path on the south peak of Mt Huashan.  Below is a thousand meter drop.

Mt Huashan, China

Huashan is a mountain located  about 120 kilometres east of Xi’an- China’s old capital.  It’s home to some very dicey walking tracks, a really spectacular set of cable cars, a tea house perched on a cliff face and a photo studio with some genuine occupational health and safety issues.

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Aug
12
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Workers outside a department store in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Chengdu & the Chinese Dream

The entry point for my brief tour of China was the southern Province of Sichuan-famed for its incredibly spicy food and baffling theatrical performances.  I flew into the capital Chengdu at the start of October and explored the city between bouts of rain before venturing out into the nearby mountains.

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Dec
03
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Waves on the coastline near Gansbaai

Diving with Sharks

On South Africa’s western cape we visited the coastal towns of Kalkbaai, Hermanus and Gaansbai.

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Dec
02
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Elephants at an artificial watering hole in Addo Elephant Park.  The Park is more than one and half thousand square kilometers and supports an elephant population in excess of 600 animals.

Africa’s Charismatic Megafauna

In South Africa, the saying goes, ‘wildlife must pay its way’. It’s not enough to be endangered you have to generate revenue to be conserved.

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Nov
27
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Ceres Mountains from the Fynbos Nature Reserve in South Africa.

Ceres Valley, South Africa

Another bleary-eyed morning spent rock-hopping in the pre-dawn light to get to a vantage point before sunrise.

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Nov
12
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A hazy morning on the Drakensburg escarpment.

Drakensburg, SA

Between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth we spent a few days exploring the great Drakensburg Escarpment that cleaves its way way along the eastern cape and forms the border of South Africa and Lesotho.

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Feb
26
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Teck Cominco Zinc Smelter

Some photos from our guided tour of the Teck Smelter in Trail, BC.

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Aug
04
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Aluminium furniture melted and re-set as pools after the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.  Aluminium has a melting point of 660°C.

Black Saturday. Aftermath.

After months of deliberation the Royal Commission report into the 2009 bushfires has been released and its findings have been made public.

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Nov
11
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Living Light

Living Light is an interactive architectural installation in South Korea’s capital Seuol designed by American and Korean architects David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang. It’s part of an ambitious project aimed at creating structures that respond to both the physical and cultural environment. In their words the Living Architecture Lab aims to “to make visible the invisible forces that shape our world”.

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Aug
12
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Families gathered by the side of the road in Cova Lima district on the south coast of East timor.

East Timor: Part 3

In the evening I’m starting to feel like I have a monumental hangover. Which is a marked improvement over what I was feeling at the start of the day.

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Aug
11
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Houses on a ridge-line in Ainaro in the highlands of East Timor.

East Timor: Part 2

When the locals see us they generally stop and stare. The children wave or squeal or shout ‘malae!’ or ‘malae mutin!’

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Aug
10
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Mt Carmel in Hera is named for the Mountain in northern Israel where the Carmelite order was founded by pilgrims or soldiers during the crusades.

East Timor: Part 1

In 2008 I went to East Timor with some volunteers from my high school to install an electrical system for a school in a village called Zumalai on the south coast. We brought over some tools and electrical equipment and I brought back a few words in Tetum and a cute little tropical parasite.

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