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!!

Avoid the “?/*#@” weather – go underground!

There’s no question that Sydney and the surrounding areas have been experiencing some pretty #%$* weather over the past 2-3 weeks.

Just recently we walked along the The Neck near Katoomba in bright sunshine, popped down into a tunnel that goes from one side of the neck to the other and emerged to find dark grey clouds overhead and thunder rumbling in the distance.  Later that evening we were seeing face book posts from friends showing how bad the hail storm had been – and we’d missed it all in the  45 minutes we’d been “tunnelling”.

FYI – these tunnels were built back when the valleys on either side of the Narrow Neck – a long, narrow plateau of land, were being logged. Rather than build a new access road the tunnels were built to provide means of getting logs from one valley through to the already developed access roads.