A State of Mind

Hi, long time no talk. Hope you are all well. More recently being Niamhonleave has only been a fleeting state of mind in-between busy weeks working. However I got to spend some time in New Zealand over the Easter and it was very easy to slip back into my former ways. Just a shame I … More A State of Mind

Carry on Camping

Over time I have stayed in many wonderful places and have enjoyed great company, yet something about camping alone in Mt Kosciuszko captured my imagination. In my last post I shared some photos of the hike but I left out these ones….possibly because I think they deserve their own post! I set up camp in the … More Carry on Camping

Top of Australia

I decided to do an overnight trail in Kosciuszko National Park. Its been a while between hikes involving a full pack so this one was at a gentle pace. Mt Kosciuszko, whilst the highest point in Australia, the track there is not the most demanding. It is however beautiful this time of year. This area is more familiar … More Top of Australia

Raising the pulse

I think Captain Cook may have been too polite. Sailing past in 1770 he named this distinctive peak Pigeon House. The Aboriginal name of Didthol, a word meaning “woman’s breast” seems closer to the mark. Either way, I made my way up on a gloomy morning, passed numerous times by enthusiastic boot campers and trail runners. … More Raising the pulse

The Castle

I had read much about this trail before getting here.  It was clear it was going to be a tough one. In fact I didn’t finish it. The Castle Track in the Budawangs is not for those seeking a gentle stroll. Instead this largely unmarked trail in wilderness is challenging, demanding and I can only … More The Castle