Sweet Dreams: Blue Mountains Australia

Sweet Dreams We escaped the city during the weekend to finally accomplish a must-do of the Blue Mountains: Sweet Dreams. We have been talking about doing it for so long without making concrete plans. One morning I got mad at myself and just put a date on the calendar crossing my fingers for the weather to be good. If the weather was on our side … Continue reading Sweet Dreams: Blue Mountains Australia

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

Nam Pha Pa Yai Camp: Thailand

What: Rock climbing centre for all levels Where:  Near Kaeng Khoi, Thailand; 140 km from Bangkok in the province of Saraburi. How: Train from Bangkok, then mototaxi, taxi, or bus to the camp. Budget: Free for rock climbing. Very cheap accommodation (tent or tree house), food and drinks. 2014 was an awesome year for us as we started to climb outside (frenetically) and ended the … Continue reading Nam Pha Pa Yai Camp: Thailand

The Funny Kingdom: An introduction to Tonga

  What: 12 days in the Kingdom of Tonga: Ha’apai 7 days, Vava’u 5 days, Tongatapu 1 night. Where: 4 hour flight from Sydney, Australia, in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia … 19.8°S, 174.4°W How: We flew on a direct flight from Sydney with Virgin Airlines to Tongatapu (capital) Budget: mid-range Tonga… what? If you are thinking where the F**K is Tonga? Be reassured … Continue reading The Funny Kingdom: An introduction to Tonga

Scary Encounter at the Crag

Last weekend we went climbing at Bulahdelah in the Hunter region of NSW and had a scary encounter! I am getting used to the almost ever-present spider webs, the nasty ants and other Australian creatures that do not exist anywhere else on earth; but the encounter we faced last weekend was quite unexpected and scary! Mister A was belaying while Mister B was on the … Continue reading Scary Encounter at the Crag