Mount Leonora, WA

ImageWell it has been a while since I have written anything and for that I am Sorry, I have spent the last 3.5 months living on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert.

There is not a lot to do out there hiking or mountaineering wise that could be achieved in my one day off per week.

I did however make a regular effort to run up the local “mountain” for want of a better word. so I thought I would share the experience with you.

From the township of Leonora make your way to the goldfields Highway and run in the direction of Kalgoorlie until you get to the turn off for Tower road, turn right onto tower road and follow the road until you see an obvious track leading up the mountain. follow that track uphill until you reach the water tower then follow up a short steep section to the summit. On the way down be careful on the steep section as it can be loose underfoot.

That’s about it for Mt Leonora, I would go early morning before it heats up and watch out for snakes.

Reinhold Messner

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Reinhold Messner what more really needs to be said? a true icon and revolutionary in the climbing world, his feats are still something modern mountaineers seek to emulate and his philosophy changed the way man kind see the mountains.

Born on September 17 1944 Messner was introduced to climbing by his father at age five where he quickly developed a flair for the sport and being lucky enough to grow up in the Dolomite’s where he could refine his art he progressed quickly. From the age of 13 Messner was climbing difficult routes in the eastern Alps.

Messner became of the first people to climb in “Alpine Style” as opposed to the traditional method of climbing big mountain. Messner did away with the idea that climbing teams needed to stock a mountain with supplies and camps and employ Sherpa’s to carry loads up and down the mountain.

In 1970 Messner climber his first 8000m peak Nanga Parbat a peak that had already seen its fair share of tragedy and heart ache. This trip was no exception, as it was on this expedition that Messner lost his younger brother Gunther. Messner spent a considerable time looking for his brother on the mountain and as a result he suffered severe frostbite to his feet. the event has caused controversy over the years and still continues to do so. Not to be taken away is the feat of climbing Nanga Parbat’s southern wall for the first time.

On the 8th of May 1978 Messner along with long time climbing partner Peter Habeler climbed Everest without the use of oxygen canisters, the first to do so. Many people tried to convince them that it was a bad idea and that they would do themselves permanent damage if they tried.

Messner became the first person to “Close the loop” or climb all 14 mountains over 8000m in height. A feat that is still rare amongst mountaineers.

  • Everest                1978
  • K2                       1979
  • Kanchenjunga     1981
  • Lhotse                 1986
  • Makalu                1986
  • Cho Oyu              1983
  • Dhaulagiri 1         1985
  • Manaslu              1972
  • Nanga Parbat      1970
  • Annapurna 1       1985
  • Gasherbrum 1     1975
  • Broad Peak         1982
  • Gasherbrum 2     1984
  • Shishapangma    1981

Recently Messner has laid the final touches to the “Messner Mountain Museum” spread across various sites in the Alps.

In summary its fair to say that Messner is a remarkable man who has achieved more than most and continues to do so.

“After Messner, the mystery of possibility was gone;
there remained only the mystery of whether you could do it.”

– Ed Viesturs

 

Mt Wellington Snow

Todays weather with snow and rain reminded me of a walk I did a couple of weeks ago when the conditions were about the same.

The walk was designed to test out the new boots i purchased in Melbourne which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago.

The walk was a quick trip from the springs on Mt Wellington, Up the zig zag track to the summit and down the road back to the springs only a couple of hours really.

Wineglass Bay

A couple of weekends ago a spur of the moment trip to Freycinet national park presented itself. It was a quick overnight trip to blow out some cobwebs before starting a new job later that week.

Leaving Hobart at about lunch time we stopped at Kate’s berry farm near Swansea for a last coffee, then proceeded to Coles Bay to buy some cheese and were on the track at around 3:50 pm.

The walk up the saddle to the Wineglass bay lookout revealed some great views back to Coles bay and took about 30 minutes to reach the saddle. we then dropped down the other side and descended to Wineglass bay itself. We stopped for some chocolate and a drink before wandering the remaining 30 minutes up the beach to the campsite. Its worth noting that water can be hard to find at this end of the beach so we hauled in about 7 Liters of water ( a bit overkill). We set up camp in the fading light before heading down to the beach for make dinner and enjoy that chilli cheddar we got in Coles bay. all up the walk took about 1.5 hours including the stops and a very restrained pace.

We woke up the next day to a beautiful day, warm by winter standards in Tasmania. Breakfast in bed was only improved by the sun pouring into the tent. the morning was spent sitting on the beach, swimming (yes in a Tassie winter) and eating some fresh fruit. before retracing our steps at around 11am and enjoying lunch back at the Coles Bay bakery. A very pleasant trip to relax before returning to the corporate jungle.

Charged by Fire

I came across this today and thought its was a great idea. not sure how it would go in our parks systems fuel stove only areas.

Mike Apsey

Mikie likes it and so may you. I also like what this company is doing.

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20 min go anywhere workout

So a workout you can do pretty much anywhere, at home, in your office, in a hut or even on a dry section of track.

1. Two min warm up, star jumps, jog on the spot or similar.
2. One min calf raises left leg
3. One min calf raises right leg
4. One min squats
5. One min lunges right leg forward
6. One min lunges left leg forward
7. One min crunches
8. One min push ups
9. One min tricep push ups right arm
10. One min tricep push ups left arm.
Repeat minus the warm up

11. Cool down as long as it takes to reduce your heart rate.

This comes in handy on those days where you don’t have much time to get a workout in. Ad a run for a good cardio and strength session.

Easy to extend the length by repeating more times.

Black Diamond Spot

With another birthday over its time to have a play with some of the new toys I picked up.

I am super excited about this torch and i have had my eyes on it for a while.

  • Its nice and lightweight, coming in at 90 grams.
  • It also has a battery indicator so you can make sure that you know when to have a set of batteries on hand.
  • Adjustable output, by holding in the button you can dim the light to your required output.
  • 2 LED’s provide plenty of ambient light for cooking, reading or finding things in the tent.
  • Red LED’s, for moments when you need a short burst of light but want to retain you night vision.
  • Locking Feature. Hold in the power button for 6 seconds and the torch locks, preventing it turning on in your pack.

I haven’t taken this torch out on a  trip yet, however from a walk around a local track in pitch black darkness I am very impressed.

 

 

 

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