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Sitting on the spin bike right now ripping through some kilometres as a initial training for Heard Island.  And to be honest it’s more like I’m training for the weather conditions on Heard Island!

For Sydney city it’s cold.  It’s reported at 10 degrees as you can see, but the wind is starting to build – it;s cold enough to be feeling numb in my finger tips.

And by the look of the forecast if I stay here for a few more hours (and that isn’t going to happen) it will be colder still.

It’s time to head back inside!


There’s nothing easy about getting to Heard Island.  Our expedition has been delayed until March 2016 as the charter for the vessel we were to sail from Fremantle on did not come through.

And in a good example of “it’s who you know” a few phone calls later a replacement charter has been arranged – but there’s a down side, the expedition roster has been cut from 35 to 15!!  I’m clinging to a hope that I’ll make the cut and be on the very reduced team that will now leave Cape Town for Heard Island in March next year.

Fingers and toes crossed – I really want to be heading deep into the Southern Ocean next year….

Ti Willa Plateau – Blue Mountains

A chance to exit the city for  along weekend out in the hills.  And so began a 3 day trip to Ti Willa Plateau in the Blue Mountains.  From Kanangara Walls Hugh and I completed the 4 hour walk through to 100 Man Cave on day 1 with the intention to check out 1000 Man Cave the following day and then meet with another walking group the following evening .

100 Man Cave
100 Man Cave

And as is so often the case for the 2 of us, plan and reality parted company.  10:00am on day 2 and we were still viewing 100 Man Cave from our sleeping bags.  By mid afternoon we had been underway and walking for several hours.  We’ve negotiated Compagnoni Pass and started down a ridge line that Hugh assures me he’s descended before, crossed the river and climbed the ridge to the other side of the valley.  Within half an hour that’s proved to be incorrect as there’s a 50-75 metre sheer drop into what can only be described as a canyoner’s paradise, steeped walled cliff faces on both side of the river and definitely no opportunity for us to access the other side of the valley.

Ti Willa Plateau-9284In the end it all worked to our advantage – we walked around the western side of Ti Willa Plateau and come across some amazing cave and rock formations, we are in an area that obviously gets minimal human traffic, there’s no footprints in the dust filled floors of the caves and there’s no fire pits in the obvious camp caves.

And day three brings the first fine weather day of our weekend, the completion of the walk back to 100 Man Cave to refill with water before the walk back to car.  An excellent 3 days in the Aussie Bush and a chance to get some much needed time in the hills.