photograph by William Blunt


I’ve learned over the year that when I open myself up to taking note of deeper meaning in experiences and looking for connections they tumble forth with reflection onto the page. The added richness to life and adventures has been surprising and wonderful.

This journey has taken me into the ocean, canyons, rivers, caves, cliffs, forests, deserts and to sacred mountains.

“” has given me the structure to write and photograph and film regularly.

Along the way I have tried to minimise the self-indulgence and self-focus inherent in a blog and attempted to give attention to those alongside. By far the most popular entries have been about “others”.

THANKYOU for your interest, for reading, mostly for sharing being out there in the bush. Your company has been a treasure. Thankyou for letting me write about you. With your help and support I was able to complete the 52nd adventure on the 365th day of the year following completion of the first adventure. More importantly I was privileged to be able to share time with very special people. THANKYOU.

The future

I might explore a very small print run self-published book of the highlights (let me know if you are interested). The blog will remain live. The adventures will continue and the writing will happen at opportune times. But I won’t try to keep to 52 in the year. Other writing will take precedence – Africa Stories, contributing to a mythopoetic book on outdoor education, working on films and who knows what else. Maybe a small charity initiative taking shape – “Save the Planet, Save the World – One Day at a Time”.




52 adventures list

95 days in the bush for the year

Trips from ½ a day to 10 days duration

Canberra area, Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains, Tasmania, Central Australia

Activities – rockclimbing, caving, cross country skiing, cycling, hiking, surfing, canyoning, ocean swimming, vertical rescue, abseiling, whitewater kayaking, ski touring



52        Bowens Creek Canyon

7/2/16 Canyoning – Blue Mountains  Lower Bowens Creek North

51        Serendipity

6/2/16 Canyoning – Blue Mountains  Serendipity and Wollangambe 2 Canyons

50        Edge – Night Climb   

4/2/16 Booroomba Rocks       Rock climbing

49        Gibraltar Creek

11/1/16           Natural world immersion

48        Bogong Moth Frenzy NYE

31/12/15 – 1/1/16      Brindabellas mountain peak

47        Settlers Track

28/12/15         Hiking

46        Bold and the Beautiful

Ocean swimming        Manly to Shelley Beach return           23,24,25/12/15

45        Surfing Manly with Royalty

Surfing – Manly Beach           20 – 24/12/15

44        Drawing the line

14/12/15         Bungonia – Cooee Point         Abseiling

43        Big Wall Roped Solo Booroomba

10-11/12/15    Booroomba Rocks       Rockclimbing

42        Underestimated and Under threat – The Best of the Snowies on Foot

5-6/12/15        Snowy Mountains        Hiking

41        Volunteer

3/12/15           Budawang Ranges      Hiking

40        Respect, Admiration and Gratitude

2/12/15           Booroomba Rocks       Rockclimbing – with Neil Montgomery

39        Friends Fab Fun on the river

14/11/15         Cotter to Urriara Crossing      1.43 on guage at Mt. McDonald

38        Fog

11/11/15         Camels Hump and Pierce Trig            Hiking             18km

37        Fields of flowers

4/11/15           Short Wednesday walk – Tuggeranong Hill. 8km. 2 ¼ hours.

36        Vertical Rescue

29/10 – 1/11/15          White Rocks, Snake Rock, artificial environment, Legoland

35        Rope Guiding

20/10/15         Jindabyne Rock           Abseil guiding

34        Hero At The Seaside

16 – 19/10/15 Cycling and bodysurfing – Illawarra coast

33        Snakes and Lizards

15/10/15         Western Foreshores Walk – Googong Dam carpark to Tin Hut return – 21 km  Hiking

32        Riverplay

23/9/15           Point Hut to Pine Island – Murrumbidgee River        Whitewater kayaking

31        A walk to the creek with Mum

30/8/15           Pennant Hills Park

30        Making the Most

25 – 27 Aug 2015        Perisher Valley Nordic trails   Cross country skiing

29        Jagungal –  Journey to the sacred mountain

17 – 20/8/15   Kosciuszko National Park – Jagungal Wilderness       Ski touring

28        Cross country ski trails with novices and winter Olympians.

14/8/15           Nordic Ski Trails – Perisher Valley     Cross country skiing

27        Mount Twynam – A Day in a Life

26        Larapinta – Part 2 Ellery Creek to Simpsons Gap – 9 days

8/7 – 15/7/15              Western Macdonald Ranges – Northern Territory – Central Australia     Hiking

25        Larapinta Trail – Part 1 Mount Sonder – Day walk

7/7/15 Western Macdonald Ranges – Northern Territory – Central Australia         Hiking

24        A chilly swim in the local river

30 June            Murrumbidgee River  Whitewater kayaking

23        A walk in the old country – Gibraltar Peak

26 June            Gibraltar Peak – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Hiking

22        Cliffcare

21 June            Honeysuckle Crag – Namadgi            Rockclimbing

21        Outlaws, bushrangers and hidden treasure

12 June            Canberra Nature Park – Rob Roy       Hiking

20        If we could read this landscape

6 – 8 June        Budawang Range        Hiking

19        Bucket List

4 June Googong          Hiking

18        The Good the Bad and the Ugly

1 – 2 June 2015           Wee Jasper again – days 8 and 9 working underground       Caving

17        Caving Connections

26 – 27/5/15   Wee Jasper again       Caving

16        The Outdoor Education Teacher Underground

18 – 20/5/15    Wee Jasper     Caving

15        Walking with Dad

9 – 10/5/15      Blue Mountains – Blue Gum Forest    Bushwalking

14        Conversations while Walking for Pleasure

7/5/15 Canberra Centenary Trail       Walking

13        Club day at the local

3/5/15 Booroomba Rocks       Rockclimbing

12        Back at school – On the river

30/4 – 1/5/15  Clyde River      Canoeing and kayaking two day tour between Nelligen and Anglers Reach.

Notes on Falling

11        Ethics and Retreat

Secret spot #2 14 – 16 April    Rockclimbing – more new routes

Interlude        Run

Canberra half marathon         April 12

10        Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Maria Island – Tasmania        March 30 – April 1      Bush cycling

9          Test of the toughest

Freycinet – east coast Tasmania         March 26 – 28            Hiking

7 and 8            Pine Valley

March 17 – 20            Tasmania – Lake St Clair area            Hiking

The Labyrinth, Cephissus Falls

6          Rocky Cape

March 16        Tasmania north coast Day walk

5          Adventure climbing

March 10 – 12            Secret spot in the Blue Mountains – no clues given   Rockclimbing new routes

4          Eighteen

March 8          Booroomba Rocks       Multi pitch rockclimbing

3          “The biggest abseil you could do on a school trip”

March 5          Blue Mountains           Abseiling

2          Back on Rock

Feb 15 Booroomba Rocks       Rockclimbing

1          Surfing in the Lucky Country

2 – 8 Feb 2015 Point Plomer – mid north coast NSW  Surfing