Category Archives: Adventures

My first Geocache

Geocaching can be described as a modern day treasure hunt with items or caches hidden all over the world.

With any GPS device (including your mobile phone), you basically download the app or save the cache locations to your handheld GPS and go and find it!  There are many different cache categories, some requiring you to solve problems to unlock the coordinates for the location of the cache.  Others make you follow a GPS trail, collecting hints which will give you the final address. Continue reading My first Geocache

Countdown to the 2014 Mongol Rally

On 19 July 2014, I’ll be departing for an epic trek across Europe and Central Asia, journeying by car with a few friends from the UK to Mongolia!

If you haven’t heard of the Mongol Rally before, essentially it is what it’s called.  It’s a charity rally, where teams from all over the world journey from Goodwood, UK to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  Unlike a ‘traditional’ rally, there are no support crews, no designated stops, no set route nor time limit to get there.

This year, the cars are required to have sub-1000cc engine (previous years up to 1.3L was allowed) and they should generally cost no more than £500.  Teams have journey through the Balkans, Iran, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kazakhstan to reach their final destination.  Though the rally has been run for a number of years now and hundreds of teams have successfully completed the journey, many teams have fallen victim to the inhospitable terrain and driving conditions which have resulted in mechanical breakdowns, traffic accidents and the crushed spirits… Challenge accepted!

This year, the official charity of the rally is Cool Earth, aimed at protecting the world’s rainforests from deforestation and illegal development.  My team has also decided to support Legacy, an organisation founded to support the families of Australian soldiers who have been incapacitated or have died whilst serving overseas.

Watch this space for the link to our team’s blog, which will have our official fundraising page, progress of the team leading up to July 19 and of course, team tracking during the rally.

Bath, Berlin and Prague

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I decided to join up with some friends from uni and explore Bath, Berlin and Prague.

Bath

Departing to Bath from London Paddington
Calling passengers for Bath!

With frequent trains from London Paddington, getting to Bath is pretty easy.  Apart from trains, coach tours stopping via Stonehenge are quite popular as well. Continue reading Bath, Berlin and Prague

Arthur’s Seat

I’ve been to Edinburgh four times now and I have yet to walk up Arthur’s Seat.

So with a few friends from Sydney also visiting Edinburgh, what better time to walk up than now?

Arthur’s Seat is basically a tall hill next to the centre of Edinburgh, which gives spectacular views all round.  There are many tracks to get to the top, so from what I could tell, you just point yourself in the general direction towards the top and walk (or run) your way up there! Continue reading Arthur’s Seat

Uluru Adventure!

Day 1: Bendigo to Renmark

It’s Friday which means it’s the end of the work week, but the start of a 2 week adventure to the Red Centre of Australia and back.  With four of us having pre-packed the night before, all we have to do is ensure we leave work on time, rendevous at my place then head off!

I guess with all four of us working at the same company, it’s quite easy to ensure we all get away at the same time, on time.  Such was the case, with us leaving with military precision at 3:30pm. Continue reading Uluru Adventure!

Day trip to the Grampians

Nearing the end of Autumn, I decided to make a day trip to the Grampians for some walking.  So many people I know have raved about the Grampians for its trail walking, 4wdriving and rock climbing, so I had to go and check it out.

As I only had a day, I decided to gear up for some hiking.  Searching the net, I found this excellent guide to the many walking tracks in the Grampians, hosted on some home server for the Dandenong Valley Bushwalking Club.  If you’re heading to the Grampians, definitely give it a look. Continue reading Day trip to the Grampians