Blog_Kuffu-37662 weeks ago my wife, Julie left for 3 weeks of volunteer work in Kampala Uganda. Last year I was able to join her as 1 leg of my 12 month travel and mountaineering journey.  This year work commitments have kept me in Sydney. I’m disappointed not to be back in Uganda with her, once again enjoying the African experience and getting an opportunity to renew friendships.

I always come back to this photo when I think of Kampala.  Taken at a “medical day” in Kufu village just outside Kampala.  The look on this guys face gets me every time.

Introducing the Common Shining Cockroach

BLOG-00340Last weekend I was out in the bush and came across this guy making his way across the fire trail. If you live in NZ the cockroach doesn’t get a lot of airtime but move to Sydney and boy, things really change!  I’d go out on a limb and suggest that in some areas the cockroach count is higher than the human population.

So with a little bit of internet research time I dramatically extended my knowledge about the cockroach.

If you want to extend your trivial knowledge about the cockroach just click on the embedded link below, there’s plenty of reading material to fight your way through.  Otherwise just click on the photo to the left to get up close with this guy!

“The common shining cockroach (Drymaplaneta communis) is a cockroach native to south-east Australia. It feeds on organic matter and is often found under the bark of eucalypt trees.”

Wish you were here?

A few days back I was playing around on Google Maps comparing the successful routes to the summit of Mt Mawson.  1965, 1983 and 2000.  There’s not many to look over and I was thinking that come year end we would have added 2015 to the list!

The entire expedition team is working to finalise the permit requirements for Australian Antarctic Division.  I didn’t expect my involvement to be so intense in the planning stages but right now I have a draft of the Risk Management Plan, the Environmental Policy and 3 field projects on the go as well as negotiations underway with 2 potential sponsors.  It’s making me appreciate how work has gone into the project by the team in the USA to get the expedition this far.  My effort is just the tip of the iceberg I’m sure.

Have a look at Heard Island compliments of googlemaps.  Heard Island is an awesome place.  Now zoom out to appreciate just how remote this island is!!

Life in the outdoors – managing the risk and enjoying the rewards.


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