Archive for November, 2012

On Falling

On Falling

I took a six meter lead fall at Brooyar on Saturday. I fell from the fifth to the second bolt, left dangling about ten meters above my belayer. I blew a lot of energy getting over the initial overhang on “Spike,”…

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

  The housemates and I hit up the Harvest Festival on Sunday. Though delayed because of the storms, we still enjoyed Sigur Ros, Santigold, Grizzly Bear, Ben Folds Five, Cake, and a few of the other acts.   One of…

Cyclone Season

Cyclone Season

  Cyclone season has come to Brisbane, which meant my weekend plans got a little wetter. I saw lightning on only one occasion when I lived in Portland. I forgot how impressive it is to watch. Take a look at…

Rotary Club of Noosa Heads Daybreak

Rotary Club of Noosa Heads Daybreak

Ashgrove/The Gap Rotarian Shaughn Forbes drove me up to the Sunshine Coast for a presentation to the Rotary Club of Noosa Heads Daybreak.     She took me on a tour of Noosa Heads, a popular, upmarket beach spot on…

Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse

  I attended the 2high Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse over the weekend. The festival merges music, performance art, photography, and other media. Arundel, a friend of my housemates, gave a stellar performance that matched the edgy surroundings of the “Graffiti Room.”…

The Marriage of Climbing & Biking

The Marriage of Climbing & Biking

Amin, Dalphy & I hit up Kangaroo Point on bikes. We loaded my panniers with gear, reaching the crags before 7 a.m. It was the marriage of my two favorite sports. A lovely ceremony with a reception at the West…

Climbing at Ao Ton Sai

Climbing at Ao Ton Sai

  To reach the limestone crags of Ao Ton Sai, I first enjoyed some of the more well-traveled areas of Southern Thailand.     After two nights in Phuket and two in Koh Phi Phi, I reached the beaches of…

Raining in Brisbane

Raining in Brisbane

My friend’s gypsy band, Zvonksy, played at the Sherwood Festival last night, another great neighborhood block party. Despite the rain, the street was packed. Rain hasn’t been all that common since I arrived in Brisbane. This is only the second…

New Bike-share Programs

New Bike-share Programs

Bike-share programs are on the rise. Located in only a handful of European cities five years ago, bike-share stations are now a recognizable feature in many urban landscapes. Spurred by the success of bike-sharing in Paris, London, and Washington, D.C.,…

Rotary Club of Sandgate

Rotary Club of Sandgate

I presented to the Rotary Club of Sandgate last night on the lessons I have learned so far from my bikeshare research. President Desley Taylor introduced me to all the guests and explained all the great work the club does….