Climbing Frenchmans Cap in Tasmania

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 …

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Hiking in Canada’s National Parks

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. Later I visited Mt. Assiniboine on a longer trip …

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First Experience with Night and Astrophotography

Over the last months, I have experimented a bit with night and astrophotography. By astrophotography I mean landscape photography of the night sky with different objects in the foreground, see the photos below.

The Molonglo radio telescope in front of the Milky Way and the South Celestial pole.
The Molonglo radio telescope in front of the Milky Way and the South Celestial pole.

I am …

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Blog Moved to Pelican Blogging Software

Date Tags tech

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 generator pelican.

The decision was mainly motivated by the fact that I do most of my …

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Scrambling up Mount Rundle in Banff

I scrambled up Mt. Rundle in Banff national park in Canada.

Trip Overview

  • Name: Mount Rundle
  • Height: 2949 m
  • Prominence: 1304 m
  • Location: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
  • Date: 2014-06-21
  • Conditions: Early summer. Snow starting about 200 m below the summit.
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Walking the Overland Track in Tasmania

I walked the Overland Track, which is a pretty famous long distance hiking trail in Tasmania, Australia. This is a summary of the 8 days, in which I walked 131 km and covered nearly 160 km in total.

On Cradle Mountain summit.
On Cradle Mountain summit.

Trip Overview

  • Name: Overland Track
  • Location: Cradle Mountain …
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Australian Fauna Encountered So Far

Date Series Part 1 of Australian animals Tags photography / animals

Here is a list of animals that I encountered in Australia so far, together with photos where available.

Kangaroos in the late evening sun.
Kangaroos in the late evening sun.

As I already mentioned in my earlier post, it is tough to find any animals that could potentially be venomous in Melbourne. The same is true …

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Welcome to Australia! — Unexpected Things

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Here is a list of things that I did not expect in Melbourne, Australia.

It has been nearly a month now that I arrived in Melbourne. While most things are roughly how I imagined them to be, some are quite different to what I thought. Here are some things that …

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Elbsandstein Climbing, Hiking and Via Ferrata Fun

I have been climbing, hiking and doing via ferrata a lot in the Elbsandstein mountains recently. I give a short overview of Saxon style climbing and a summary of the main via ferrata in the region.

You have a great but airy overview at the top of Häntzschelstiege.
You have a great but airy overview at the top of Häntzschelstiege.

The Elbsandstein …

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