Climbing Pregnant and other exercises in pregnancy: part 2

Here I am, 35 weeks pregnant and only a few more weeks until our daughter’s arrival. To be honest I never thought I would be rock climbing at this stage of my pregnancy.  Like a lot of people I always thought of pregnant women it must be hard to carry all of that extra weight as if they were some kind of poor, fragile little … Continue reading Climbing Pregnant and other exercises in pregnancy: part 2

Climbing pregnant?

Should I or shouldn’t I… I found out that I was pregnant during a rock climbing trip in Arco, Italy. Put on the spot, I had immediate concerns about climbing pregnant. On one hand I had trained for weeks to be in the best shape possible for this trip – traveling anywhere outside of Australia is a big investment of time and money – but … Continue reading Climbing pregnant?

Climbing in Arco… and a little surprise

We visited Arco in Italy for a climbing trip in April. The trip was a mixture of ecstatic happy moments, worry and fear, good sports, a 30th birthday celebration and a lot of tenderness. It was so overwhelming that it took me three months to digest before I could write anything about it. Here it is, our trip to Arco: Part I! Our trip in … Continue reading Climbing in Arco… and a little surprise

A funeral and a big trip to Canada

I recently came back from another big trip; an almost round-the-world trip, visiting Canada, Italy and Denmark. On a sad note, I had to go back home to visit my family and say a last goodbye to our dear grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in April 2015. This man was a greater engineer than the profession itself and the most brilliant person on earth … Continue reading A funeral and a big trip to Canada

Climbing Clinic with Monique Forestier

For Valentine’s Day I treated myself with something I wanted to do for a long time and took a Climbing Clinic led by one of the most talented climbers in the country, Monique Forestier. Monique is noted for being the first woman in Australia to climb routes graded 31 to 33 (still few men can climb at that level). But most of all she is … Continue reading Climbing Clinic with Monique Forestier

Doi Chiang Dao: Thailand

What: Hiking Doi Chiang Dao (2225 metres), the 3rd highest mountain in Thailand – beginners/intermediate. Where:  Chiang Dao, 72km North of Chiang Mai, Thailand. How to get there: By motorbike, car or taxi from Chiang Dao village (walking to the trailhead is not recommended!) Budget: 200 baht of park entrance fee + 30 baht per vehicle. Hiking Doi Chiang Dao After days of amazing and … Continue reading Doi Chiang Dao: Thailand

Crazy Horse Buttress : North of Thailand

Crazy Horse Buttress : North of Thailand What: Rock Climbing Area Where: District of Mae On (in Ban Sahakon village), 35km from Chiang Mai. How: Car, motorbike, OR by the red truck (songthaew) service offered by CMRCA. Budget: Free for rock climbing.   Crazy Crazy Horse! When I told people I was going climbing in Thailand they all assumed I was going to Krabi but … Continue reading Crazy Horse Buttress : North of Thailand