Three Miles to Four Mile Hut

Faced with a whole landscape of features with names unknown to the European settlers, they tended to resort to the always obliging literal. As I have previously lamented, this resulted in innumerable landmarks consisting of adjective + noun, more often than not drawing on either “big”, “little”, “rocky” and other generic terms. Up at Kiandra,…

Mid Winter Feast XVII

We tend to think of seasons as being external – after all, it only snows in winter, and it seems pretty safe to assume that the axis tilt of the earth is both real and beyond our control. Certainly, the earth does tilt, causing the changing lengths of light and dark hours and associated changes…

Nadgee Howe Wilderness

Taking out a spot in Australian Geographic’s Top Australian Bushwalks, and widely considered one of the best coastal walks in the country, the Nadgee Howe Wilderness Walk was something that I had actually never heard of before it was suggested that I walk it. In fact, I barely even Googled the trip before embarking on…

Mt Wilson Canyoning

“Geronimo!” So screamed Glen Robinson on the third abseil of this Wollangambe River canyon, as he sailed past in a single jump. Our own trip there had much lower water, so we all chose to forego this tradition,* but we appreciated the sentiment of enthusiasm. We’d actually been a party of five members, driving two…

Dead Horse Gap: The Brumby Debate

Ribs prominent beneath a winter coat, and hardly enough energy left to acknowledge our presence, the three brumbies stare at our group of telemark skiiers. It has been a week since the last real snowfall, and the marks on this snow tell us the whole story: the brumbies have moved less than 10 metres in…

Blue Waterholes

Categorising my recent trip to the Blue Waterholes presented a challenge: Bushwalking? Canyoning? Caving? All of the above! This picturesque spot on the Cooleman Plains in Kosciuszko National Park seems to offer everything. It started with some brumby spotting (absurdly easy with the high numbers up there at the moment) on the Long Plain Road…

Cocktails on the Castle: The Heatwave Edition

Arguably, bushwalkers are not always the most elegant outdoor enthusiasts. They don’t have the cat-like sinewy leanness of rock climbers, the presence of sleek lines of carbon fibre mountain bikes, nor the sheer Baywatch hair-shake sexiness of surfers. However, once a year, outdoor enthusiasts from all inclinations within the ANU Mountaineering Club go bushwalking up…

Jagungal – A Round Trip from Round Mountain

“What did you get for Christmas?” “Fat. I got fat.” So spoketh a meme on social media recently, ringing true for countless celebrators of the holiday season. In order to get ahead of some New Year’s resolutions then, my partner and parents decided to amble up to Jagungal Wilderness Area, within the Kosciuszko* National Park,…

Mid Winter Feast XVI

The Australian National University Mountaineering Club has a range of traditions, all novel and exciting for a new member to the club such as myself. There is the always classic trying-not-to-allow-any-water-to-splash-on-exposed-skin whilst kayaking on Lake Burley Griffin when the algae levels are high, the iconic bouldering on the National Library of Australia, the inevitable freezing…