I’ve spent some time recently thinking about taking on a couple of “big” outdoor pursuits in 2015, and have started researching some commercial expeditions.  I structured all of the information I gathered in a table which highlights the seasonality of various trips and destinations by location and month. Leading contenders at this early stage, Read More

The blog has suffered from even more neglect over the past year or two, but I’m determined to start being more diligent!  For the time being I’ll capture the travels I’ve done from the last post until now, so at least I have it documented: Australia: Business trip to the Gold Coast and Melbourne, Read More

I’m sometimes asked by expedition companies or mountaineering clubs for something akin to a climbing resume, and thought I would try and capture the broad strokes of my mountaineering experience here.  I’ll come back and update it from time to time as I continue to accumulate new experience. Instructional Courses Alpine Climbing Basic Mountaineering: Höhenfieber, Read More

Placeholder post… Cabin in woods Beitostolen skiing Hemsedal ice climbing

Yet more travels under my belt, but not a blog update in sight.  Sigh… France: Bordeaux, Medoc, Cognac, Provence, Avignon, Arles, Corsica, Dordogne (Rocamadour, Domme, Monpazier), St Emilion, Chamonix, mountaineering week around Mont Blanc massif Spain: Barcelona for Andy & Laura’s wedding, Montserrat Germany: Munich Netherlands: Amsterdam x 2 Switzerland: Zurich, Baden, Lausanne, Berner Oberland,, Read More

I remember the first time I heard of the Ice Cap (also called the South Patagonian Ice Field or the Continental Ice Cap), many years ago now as I was just getting into the mountain scene.  I was flicking through a Macpac outdoor gear catalog from NZ and they had a full double-page photo of their, Read More

This blog is still under construction and I’m slowly bringing my entries up-to-date.  Please come back again soon, when I should have the following pages up and running: More Swiss Alps: mountaineering, hiking, snowboarding Rugby: Rugby Club Zurich, Swiss Rugby, Berkeley RFC Trip summaries (text with a few select photos) from my travels around, Read More

Darren Miao and I decided to go ice climbing with an outfit called Sierra Mountain Guides.  I have a fair bit of experience on ice and rock in the mountains, but I’d never tried technical ice climbing – the steepest I’ve climbed before would have been around 50-60 degrees. Our destination was a one, Read More

With reports of good snow cover and half-decent weather over the weekend, Ben Cain (a good mate from b-school) and I decided to do a backcountry trip above Lake Tahoe.  Ben knew the area fairly well so on his advice we drove up towards Fallen Leaf Lake near South Lake Tahoe.  We took his, Read More

The final stop on our South American vacation was Ecuador.  We flew into Quito – the 2nd highest capital city in the world! – and while it’s at 3000m we didn’t have any problems acclimatizing to the altitude as we’d just come from Bogota which is also pretty high. Fascinating Quito!      We, Read More