Mount Etna – environmental warriors, death and wanton destruction

MOUNT ETNA, QLD – 24 July – 4 August 2022
When Rod put the Mount Etna trip on the MSS calendar, neither Marcia nor I had heard of the place.  We figured we’d go for a holiday in a warmer climate and do some surveying.  I have to admit after the first day of bush bashing lantana to find a cave, and gingerly walking over tower karst, I wasn’t impressed.  But, after 11 days there, I’m hooked! Continue reading

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The Road Closed Road Trip

CENTRAL COAST – MT ETNA – 20 – 24 July 2022
I guess after my great road trip from Alice Springs to Kununurra it was too much to ask for a trip where everything went according to plan.  Not that anything disastrous happened, just a lot of unexpected adventures.  It didn’t help that we did almost the entire trip during yet another “rain event”. Continue reading

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Outback Road Trip

My first foray into the Outback was the memorable Thelma and Louise trip with Wendy ,,, three weeks Sydney, Ceduna/Nulabour/Sydney.  We were mostly on tarred surfaces, but there were a couple of days when we were In The Middle of Nowhere.  Ten years later, I’m on another road trip into the wilderness, right through the Middle!   Continue reading

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Caving Expedition in Western Australia – Week #2

KIMBERLEY REGION – 4 – 10 July 2022 – So, last week we found a number of large caves that needed surveying; only the surveyors are in camp now, everyone else has gone back to Kununurra.  The weather is still being kind to us and we’re all fired up to see what secrets will be revealed in the caves we’ve found.  Morning temperatures are still around 8ºC but I’m a bit warmer now as the Lovely K has given me a hoodie to wear! Continue reading

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Caving Expedition in Western Australia – Week #1

KIMBERLEY REGION – 27 June to 2 July – I was honoured to be accepted on an ISS cave surveying expedition to the Kimberley Region, specifically to the Ningbing Ranges.  The first ISS surveying trip was in 2009 and they’ve been going back pretty much every year since.  Other cavers had been to the area quite a few years earlier and had reported that there was “not much there”.  How wrong they were! Continue reading

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