Winter Walls of Jerusalem 5-11 July 2014

 

Walls of Jerusalem National Park is a area in the Central Highlands of Tasmania Australia. To the west the famous Lake St Clair National Park with the well maintained Overland Trek and day hikers at the Cradle Mountain. To the east the Central Plateau Conservation Area, also known as the Land with a Thousand Lakes, popular among anglers and day hikers.

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Larapinta 4 – 8 Aug 2013

Heavitree Range

Heavitree Range

Larapinta Trail is located in Australia, Northern Territories, Alice Springs, stretching 223km from West to East. Although situated in a desert environment, the trail pass by many lush greenery, enticing pools and shady areas.

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New Zealand Rees Dart Trek

Looking ahead from Rees Saddle

Looking ahead from Rees Saddle

After the last few hikes in Australia, my buddy and I were very keen to have a change in scenery, naturally New Zealand was the top choice. Lots of discussion went on and research online all points towards walking one of the Great Walks. I’m sure the scenery are great and we will eventually go but we weren’t keen with the fees, bookings of huts and the crowd. It was easy to decide on the Rees Dart trek after reading a few trek reports.

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Walls of Jerusalem and Overland circuit 6-11th Oct 12

Descending into Lee Paddocks

Descending into Lee Paddocks

The last time my trekking buddy and I hiked the Overland, we didn’t had time to visit any side trips due to weather and time constraints. So this time we wanted to visit all the sights we missed at Pine Valley (Acropolis and Labyrinth), Mt Ossa, Mt Oakleigh and the other falls along the Overland. However we weren’t so keen on walking the whole north-south route again. It was decided that we would enter and exit the Overland via the Never Never and Lees Paddock.

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Round Singapore island on bicycle (Repost)

A week or so after the Singapore Part Connector Network (PCN) eastern loop ride, my friend and I attempted the whole island PCN total of 142km/ 88mile round Singapore island. The weather was way too hot and humid to enjoy the ride and the the western area’s PCN is not as established compared to the eastern side. Nevertheless there are quite a few interesting sights. The south western side of Singapore is busy with oil refineries and heavy industries, best to avoid riding there. Continue reading

South Wilson Promontory 15-19th Oct 2012

Wilson Promontory National Park in Victoria, Australia had been devastated by the Mar 2011 floods, causing closure of numerous trails. One and a half years later, most of the recovery efforts has been completed, apart from the path from Sealers Cove to Tidal River. As I’ve a week to spent in Victoria after the Tasmania trek, I spent 5 days in the Prom.

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Current gear list

This is my current gear list for a multi day trek for sunshine, rain and snow weather up to -5C or  20F, suitable for unpredictable and fast changing weather especially in Tasmania.

I would definitely categorize myself as a gram counter, constantly finding ways to cut down the weight. However, after a few uncomfortable lessons I’ve learnt not to go overboard about weight. Now, my goal is to find the best gearlist that suit me and allows a fair bit of comfort on the trek.

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Zpacks Hexamid Twin Tent review

A few months has passed since I’ve received the Hexamid Twin, in total spent about 14 nights in it.

Location and conditions

There was 4 nights spent camping in Singapore, 5 nights in Wilson Promontory National Park in Victoria, Australia and 5 nights in Walls of Jerusalem and Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania. Conditions in Singapore were warm about 28C/ 82F and up to 90% humidity. In Australia the Hexamid went through 4 season weather of sunshine, heavy shower and snow.

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Custom maps in Garmin device (Repost)

The process for making custom maps can be done much easier with the Google Earth’s UTM grid lines overlay function. It takes away the mathematic method of positioning the map overlay.

Recently a hiking buddy preparing for a solo hike on a section of the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria, Australia asked if it’s possible to scan paper maps into his newly purchased Garmin device. A search online turns up resources from Garmin’s website, but their instructions is brief and didn’t address a few issues that I ran into.

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