This is a list of peaks and ridges in the UK. I have marked the ones which I
have climbed and I provide photos and GPS measurements of their summits, where
they could be acquired. The GPS coordinates listed are given in WGS 84 datum
and the altitudes are derived from barometric measurements that were calibrated
to previous GPS-determined elevations with high accuracy.
Australia is a relatively flat continent, with its highest peak reaching an
elevation of 2228 m above sea level. That said, there are still plenty of
opportunities to practise mountaineering and rock climbing.
In the following, I have assembled a list of all the major peaks in Australia,
ordered by the state. I give a short description, a photo or two and the
official elevation and location. Besides, I provide the coordinates and
altitude that I measured using a GPS device when climbing the peak.
This is an update of two of my older posts about Australian animals, mainly
focused on animals that live close to the water. The first two parts are here:
part 1, part 2.
I have added a few more photos of Australian animals that I stumbled upon on
bushwalks, or close to home, in parks in and around Melbourne. In general, I
have to say that even though some of the animals listed here can be quite
dangerous, it is very unlikely to encounter them in the wild. Most encounters
were just by accident when going off-trail in reasonably remote areas. This list
should be representative of the Australian states of Victoria, New South Wales
(NSW) and Tasmania. That is, you are likely to encounter these animals at some
point when venturing outdoors, especially into more remote areas.
I have marked the updates or additions in red colour.
Personal locator beacons (PLBs) are satellite devices that transmit a distress
signal to search and rescue organisations once they are activated. Because they
transmit the signal via satellites, they can be used in remote locations, where
no cell phone access is available. They are related to EPIRBs (Emergency
Position-Indicating Radio Beacons), which are mainly used in boats and ships and
usually are permanently installed in a vessel. PLBs are much smaller and lighter
hand-held devices intended to be carried by a person.
In early 2015, I organised a bushwalking trip to Frenchmans Cap, which is the
most prominent peak in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers national park in
Tasmania. The white quartzite of its summit dome, which looks a bit like a
French beret from a distance gave the peak its name and is visible from far away.
Historically, the walk was infamous for being extremely muddy (read waist-deep
mud) on the Loddon Plains on the approach to the mountain, where the track runs
close to the Loddon River, the so-called “sodden Loddon”. However, we did not
have much of a problem. The trip was relatively straight-forward, as it is a
return walk that starts and ends at the Lyell highway. However, it must be
stressed that the trail is in an alpine area with severe and sudden weather
changes and that the walk involves a significant ascent.
First of all, Canada is awesome! If you like the outdoors, you will definitely
enjoy it. From my experience, the people are very friendly as well.
In 2014, I spent a few weeks in Alberta, Canada, specifically in and around
Banff national park. We scrambled and hiked up various peaks near Banff town,
such as Tunnel Mountain, Mt. Rundle and a few others in the close vicinity.
Over the last months, I have experimented a bit with night and astrophotography.
By astrophotography, I mean the classical landscape photography of the night sky
with different objects in the foreground, see the photos below. I am not talking
about photography of individual astronomical objects using more advanced camera
setups and accessories such as star trackers, amateur telescopes, etc. here – I
will leave that for later.
Since my last post about Australian animals
at the end of 2013, a lot has happened, and I have seen many more Australian
animals either in the wild or animal sanctuaries. While most of them are quite
friendly, some can potentially be very dangerous.
Here is an updated list of animals in Australia that I have tried to match up
with photos that I have taken.
In the last few days, I moved the blog over from the Perl-based blogging
software blosxom, for which I had written
various plugins to add missing functionality, to the Python-based static site
The decision was mainly motivated by the fact that I do most of my software