WMG_1370The horse is the friend of man: horse-trekking (on a shoestring) in Kashmir 

Two foreigners wanting to trek in Indian Kashmir close to the disputed Line of Control with Pakistan at the end of Ramadan.

‘Why do you book trekking with Gulam?’ the youngest of three brothers says. ‘He is a cheat. Pay very bad.’
From the shakira moored at the houseboat’s jetty on Srinagar’s Dal Lake, my partner Sharon tries to explain. ‘We know what we are doing,’ and ‘your older brother Ferroz did not listen to us. He was pushy and greedy and offended us.’
After two nights on his family’s houseboat we are leaving. Tonight we stay on Gulam’s houseboat. Tomorrow — early — we go trekking.

Read the full story here.

WMG_1335Trek notes: Hidden Lakes of Kashmir (India)

Trek an ancient pastoral route in Indian Kashmir, lush with bejewelled alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, and nomadic herders with their flocks of sheep and goats. Closed to foreigners for decades, this trek is a Himalayan gem.

Distance: 72 km (6 days)
Grade: easy-medium (by Himalayan standards)
Location: Kashmir, India (2-3 hours from Srinagar)

Read the full trek notes here.

Compass bearing to Brinkley BluffWild 152 (2016) – Fixing the Centre

Following the journals and footsteps of John McDouall Stuart through the MacDonnell Ranges becomes an obsession to identify the explorer’s forgotten and misplaced landmarks. From Chambers Pillar to James Range, the Hugh River valley to Owens Spring, the rugged and complex gaps through the range to climb Brinkley Bluff, finding a route through the scrubby range to a gorge exiting north of the bluff, and on, west-of-north towards Mount Freeling.

Bushwalker in Ormiston Pound

Bushwalking Australia volume 11 (2015) – Best walks of the Northern Territory

An overview of the best bushwalking in the diverse regions of Australia’s Northern Territory, from the rugged mountainous Centre to the tropical Top End.

This edition also profiles one of the country’s most informal and adventurous clubs – the Central Australian Bushwalkers.

Select the file BWA201506.pdf for this edition.

Road on one side of the Zanskar Valley, foot track on the otherWild 142 (2014) – The future of trekking is … motorised

Rapid development and road-building advances up remote valleys and over rugged passes are threatening popular trekking routes and local employment in the Indian Himalaya of Zanskar and Ladakh.

Rock 85 (2011) – After the fall

A climber struggles with the psychological aftershocks of witnessing a 30-metre lead climbing ground fall at Arapiles.

Mt Giles sunriseWild 119 (2010) – Going the extra Giles

Relationship tensions on high during a ridgetop traverse of Central Australia’s Mt Giles and Red Wall around Ormiston Pound.

Wild 118 (2010) – Just add water

A beginner’s guide to the art of dehydrating food. Includes nutritious and delicious recipes for two easy to make and easy to dehydrate meals that will become staples in your backcountry menu:
– Chilli Con Carne,
– Dalma – a thick, spicy and hearty dahl with roasted vegetables.

Simpson Desert crossing 2008Wild 112 (2009) – Traversing Sturt’s Hell

An account of the first (and only) east-to-west solo and unsupported foot crossing of Australia’s Simpson Desert from Bedourie to Old Andado homestead in July 2008, covering 450 km in 24 days. One man pulling twice his body weight (including almost 100 litres of water) across more than 1000 sandridges of the largest parallel sandridge desert on Earth.