Photos: Hiking Lockleys Pylon

A little while back I went on a day hike with a friend to Lockleys Pylon in the Blue Mountains. Other than the craziness of driving a 2WD down what was clearly a 4WD track into the start of the hike it was a great day out.

Photos: Adventures on the Hawkesbury

Adventures in Bouddi National Park

Hiking The Coast Track

Over the last day and a half, two mates and I hiked the 26km+ Coast Walk from Bundeena to Otford in the Royal National Park. It is the first overnight hike I have completed in three years (last time involved a helicopter rescue). After calling off the walk a few weeks ago due to forecast heavy rain we walked in absolutely perfect conditions, with little wind, sunshine, and the temperature was neither too hot or cold.

The first day involved hiking from Bundeena to Burning Palms, where we stayed the night in a hut, before completing the track through to Otford this morning. Along the way we saw whales, a dolphin, a wallaby, a large skink, herds of wild deer, and a very large red belly black snake. Additionally, we managed to lose the track a number of times and walked for almost two hours in the dark to make it to the hut.

For the first part of the track we walked the 8k from Bundeena to Watamolla this took just under four hours. During the walk along the coast we lost the track a few times but never by more than a few meters. Crossing the stream at Marley beach one of my mates decided to try and throw their pack across the stream, unfortunately they threw it straight into the stream. Luckily, nothing inside the pack got wet. The remainder of the walk from Marley to Wattamolla was spent spotting whales along the coast.

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Death of a Hiking Boot

RIP Boots

When I went to clean my hiking boots after my last hike I discovered large holes in the soles of both boots, therefore ending the life of a pair of boots that have lasted me over nine years.

I’m impressed the boots lasted so long. Glancing over photos from the past through years I can list around 30 trips I’ve used the boots on throughout NZ and NSW:

  • Ruapehu Crater Lake Climb (2004, 2008)
  • Ngauruhoe Summit (2005)
  • Tongariro Crossing (2005,2006)
  • Coromandel Pinnacles (2004,2005,2006,2007)
  • Broken Hills, Coromandel (2006)
  • Waitakere Ranges (2006 – 2009, Too many trips to count)
  • Okura Bush (2009)

    One of many river crossings in the old boots.
    One of many river crossings in the old boots.
  • Blue Mountains (2010 – 2013, Too many trips to count)
  • Minyon Falls,┬áNightcap National Park (2010)
  • Pindar Cave, Brisbane Water National Park (2010)
  • Lane Cove National Park (2011)
  • Royal National Park (2011)
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (2011 – 2013, Too many trips to count)
  • Berowra Valley Regional Park (2011, 2011)

I’ve since gone and bought a replacement pair of boots which are currently awaiting their first taste of the aussie bush.

New boots ready for the aussie bush.
Descending from Rupaehu
Descending from Rupaehu

Photos: Hiking Wahroonga to Mt Kuring-gai

Adventures in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Photos: Warragamba Dam Wall Walk