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Gallery: Mt Baker Alpine Ascent

USA | Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

Guided trip to the summit of Mt Baker, WA. Still snow covered.
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Scorpion Mountain, WA - First Winter Hike

USA | Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | Views [1211]

First winter hike of the season in Washington with snow about 3,000 feet. We went out to do a 5 hour hike along Johnson Ridge to Scorpion Mountain in the Glacier Peaks region about 2 hours outside Seattle. Beautiful day, light snow falling, about 4-... Read more >

Tags: Mountains


Gallery: Scorpion Mountain - WA

USA | Monday, 12 Nov 2007 | Photo Gallery

Hike along Johnson Ridge to Scorpion Moutain in the Glacier Peaks, Washington
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The Last Hurrah - Sydney

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | Views [429] | Comments [1]

I'm afraid to say that I didn't make the Barrier Reef, as shocking as that may sound. The weather was unseasonably questionable when I arrived back in Cairns and I was tired from long days in the mountains, so lounged around and wandered the streets ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Worst Hiking Day Ever - Misty Mountains

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [3935] | Comments [5] | Video

Excited from climbing Bartle Frere in Northern Queensland the other day and the beautiful Blue Mountains in New South Wales, I eagerly planned the next hike. I decided to focus on “The Misty Mountains” south of Malanda near Cairns again in Northern ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Hi, My Name is Colin and I am an Internet Whore

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Views [1338] | Comments [1]

Internet access is a funny thing here. Where "here" is under 2 hours from the biggest tourist resort on the barrier reef inland into the mountains. Just so you remember, the place I'm staying is about 20 minutes down a dirt road, about 20km ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel


Come get killed in Australia!

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Views [654] | Comments [1] | Video

Courtesy of Mr. Mike Ward after reading the scary spidey story...

Tags: Laughter


Gallery: Queensland - Misty Mountains

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Misty Mountains Trail
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Climbing Mt Bartle Frere - Highest Queensland Peak

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | Views [11930] | Comments [8] | Video

"Bushwalked" Mount Bartle Frere yesterday - Up at 4:30am to start at dawn! "Blair Witch" effect on the video not intentional! Only light was from the car headlights. It's the highest peak in Queensland at 1622 meters (5,321 feet) ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Gallery: Queensland - Mount Bartle Frere

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Hiking to the Summit of Highest Peak in Queensland
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For the Spider Skeptics

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | Views [24725] | Comments [18]

The spider was a "Brown Huntsman" or "Wood Spider" that come in assorted sizes to over 10 inches in legspan. Since I found the first one, I've found what I really HOPE was papa bear (who got away), mama bear (who didn't make it ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Fucking Amazing!

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 12 Aug 2007 | Views [2930] | Comments [1]

Oh my God! The retreat is incredible! You have to checkout the complete photo gallery so far of the "treehouse" or cabin that I had entirely to myself, completely isolated with no sign of any other people or buildings on a 230 acre ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Gallery: Queensland - Rose Gum's

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 12 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Rose Gum's Wilderness Retreat
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Parting Thoughts on Sydney

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | Views [478]

I might get lynched for saying this (especially by ex-pat Aussies – but mind you if they’re ex-pat then probably don’t like it either), but I wasn’t crazy about Sydney. I don’t mind people slagging off Glasgow or London, in fact I’ll join in.... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Stop #3 - Bushwhacking Queensland

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | Views [474]

Off to Cairns tomorrow with a 90 minute drive into the mountains staying at Rose Gum's Wilderness Retreat (eco friendly) in the boonies of Wooroonooran National Park (say that 5 times fast). Weather is looking a bit "variable" so we'll ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase


Grand Canyon Hike - Govett's Gorge - Blue Mountains

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | Views [637]

Green Card approval day! Random and unexpected news in the morning that my Permanent Residence in the US was approved months earlier than I expected. Went off to hike the Blue Mountains "Grand Canyon" which was nice. Well marked and popular ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Gallery: Blue Mountains NSW - Grand Canyon

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Grand Canyon Hike near Blackheath up to Evan's Lookout
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Kangaroo Hunting - Megalong Valley - Blue Mountains

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [4552] | Comments [4] | Video

When I visited Costa Rica a few years back I was determined to see monkeys. No matter what I did, where I went, or when I did it, not a monkey was to be found. So I left monkeyless. But I was determined to see a bona fide wild kangaroo before I left ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Ruined Castle Hike - Megalong Valley - Blue Mountains

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [2301] | Video

Went on a hike to the "Ruined Castle" rock formation rising out of the Megalong Valley in the Blue Mountains this morning and took a 360 degree video from the top, careful not to get blown off since it was pretty windy up there. Near vertical ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Gallery: Blue Mountains NSW - Ruined Castle Hike

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Morning hike to the Ruined Castle rock formation in Megalong Valley
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