Trip Report

Vantage Climbing

Vantage Climbing

I had an incredible time climbing with Marne and Una, two fellow WilSkills alumni living in Seattle. Vantage is just over two hours from Seattle and is a great spot to escape the rain. The basalt columns and bright green…

Bike Tour to Cascade Locks

Bike Tour to Cascade Locks

  I cycled to Cascade Locks from Portland with ten others. The 45-mile ride winds through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and the last ten miles leading into Cascade Locks are on a multi-use path. The destination of…

Mt. Barney

Mt. Barney

Before meeting up with the Griffith University Adventure Club, James and I summited Mt. Maroon, a trad climbing destination on the Queensland/NSW border. The next morning we started hiking with the group. The mainly uphill climb took us through a…

Kepler Track

Kepler Track

The highlight of my trip to New Zealand was hiking the Kepler Track in Fiorland National Park. The 60 km trek begins with a gradual uphill walk from Te Anau to the Moturau Hut on Lake Manapouri. The second day…

Tasmania

Tasmania

I spent most of my ten days in Tasmania hiking. My overnight hike at Freycinet National Park was the highlight. The first day took me along three beaches, all were vacant. To lighten the load, I only brought the tent…

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,”…

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…

Lower Slider Wall

Lower Slider Wall

By Sunday morning, the crags at Mt. Tibrogargan’s Lower Slider Wall had dried, though it was so hot that the rock itself was sweating. James, Lisa, Omri, and I found a shaded area with a range of climbs. I led…

Mt. Tibrogargan: Summit Caves

Mt. Tibrogargan: Summit Caves

James and I began our ascent at 8 a.m., following Patience Crack up to the Tibrogargan caves, at which point we scrambled to the base of Trojan. We climbed the five pitches of Trojan, which included a cozy belay cave…

Back to Mt. Tibro

Back to Mt. Tibro

James and I climbed the six-pitch Sunburnt Buttress of Mt. Tibrogargan. Though a more challenging climb than my previous ascent, I felt more comfortable with the exposure. I led three of the pitches, enjoying one of them more than almost…