Trains, Trails and Travels

A Journal of Travel Adventures

Walking with Giants — Lowlands

Posted Saturday 13th November 2021

In late 2003 I did an extended trek in Nepal. The trek was 36 days out on the hoof, most of which involved camping, even in snow and ice, covering 240 km horizontally but also nearly 16,500 metres (54,000 ft) vertically. This is the last of a five part story, covering our return to elevations that were far more familiar to us Australians…

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Walking with Giants — Ice and Snow

Posted Friday 12th November 2021

In late 2003 I did an extended trek in Nepal. The trek was 36 days out on the hoof, most of which involved camping, even in snow and ice, covering 240 km horizontally but also nearly 16,500 metres (54,000 ft) vertically. This is the fourth part of a five part story, following from our second departure from Lukla, this time eastward across the grain of the country…

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Walking with Giants — Descending

Posted Wednesday 10th November 2021

In late 2003 I did an extended trek in Nepal. The trek was 36 days out on the hoof, most of which was camping, even in snow and ice, covering 240 km horizontally but also nearly 16,500 metres (54,000 ft) vertically. This is the third part of a five part story, starting at above 16,000 ft but descending to Lukla over a five day period…

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Walking with Giants — Great Heights

Posted Tuesday 9th November 2021

In late 2003 I did an extended trek in Nepal. The trek was 36 days out on the hoof, most of which was camping, even in snow and ice, covering 240 km horizontally but also nearly 16,500 metres (54,000 ft) vertically. This part of the story takes us from an elevation of around 12,000 ft to almost 18,000 ft, twice…

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Walking with Giants — Ascending

Posted Monday 8th November 2021

In late 2003 I did an extended trek in Nepal. The trek was 36 days out on the hoof, most of which was camping, even in snow and ice, covering 240 km horizontally but also nearly 16,500 metres (54,000 ft) vertically. This is the first part of a five part story, covering the flight to Lukla and the first few days of walking up to around 12,000 ft…

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A First Ascent of Mt Rosea

Posted Sunday 7th November 2021

After around four continuous months of Covid detention in mid 2020, and double that since our last amble through the bush, parole was a fairly definite invite to a day out in the bush. That is how I managed to make my first ascent of Mt Rosea — located in the middle of the Grampians. Never underestimate the Grampian’s ability to turn on an entertaining day out walking.

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Adventures on Tasmania’s West Coast

Posted Saturday 6th November 2021

There was a time, within living memory, when several railways survived in the western part of Tasmania because there were no roads. The railways that served these remote areas were not main lines as we understand them but rather artefacts from another era. In early 1961 several of us visited the area, just prior to the construction of roads that soon afterwards eliminated most of these fascinating remnants of earlier times.

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Kb’s and The Trans-Alpine Railway

Posted Friday 5th November 2021

New Zealand, in the eary 1960’s, had a very interesting and capable railway. Buried in the middle of the South Island was a big time operation using a small but capable group of powerful steam locomotives. Our month-long travels in NZ around the end of 1963 brought us into contact with this wonderful railway operation, resulting in memories that will never be forgotten. This story tells of that time.

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The Moulamein Express

Posted Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Back in late 1983 we did a train trip from Echuca to Balranald over a two day period in a strange little one car train that was engaged in radio reception tests. Given that the line is to all intents flat, and the scenery is more or less absent, prospects were for a rather boring journey. It was anything but.

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Conquest of Mt Clear

Posted Wednesday 27th October 2021

Mt Clear is located around 20 km south east of Mt Buller, in the middle of a skyline traverse of the Great Dividing Range from Mt McDonald through to Mt Howitt and beyond. It is easily accessible, or so it appears, but it was only on the third attempt that we actually stood on its summit. How did we do it?

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Wandering – Oberwesel to Boppard

Posted Saturday 23rd October 2021

Having walked 32 km from Rudesheim we now found ourselves at Oberwesel with a spare day before continuing on towards Boppard. Encouraged by our success thus far we continued on, greatly inspired by the fact we would reach a highlight at Loreleyblick…

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Wandering – Rudesheim to Oberwesel

Posted Wednesday 20th October 2021

Having enjoyed a four day walk through Burgundy back in 2004, we made the brave decision to go for something rather more demanding, although still largely a make it up as you go type walk, in 2012. The first of these was a week-long adventure through the Rhine Gorge, which also happened to be our first venture into Germany…

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