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Tasmania's Western Arthurs are not the first choice for a bushwalk in June. The short days and frequent snowstorms see almost all walkers opting (perhaps sensibly) for the Larapinta Trail, North Queensland or the doona cover. Not everyone is sensible though. Curious to see just how bad it could be, Andrew Peters, Bogong staffers Jack Chenoweth and David Blundy and Wilderness Shop staffer Tim Blundy packed their woollies, headed south and attempted a winter traverse of the Western Arthurs in June 2012.

‘The Western Arthur Range is subject to some of the worst weather in Tasmania,’ warned the guidebook. ‘Violent storms and snowfall occur every summer’. ‘That’s lucky’ we thought – we were going in winter.

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4 Comments | Posted in Hiking Trip Inspiration By Jack Chenoweth

Huayhuash Peru

10/05/2013 6:41 pm

Cordillera Huayhuash

Images from Bogong staffer Paz's hiking trip in the Cordillera Huayhuash Peru.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Trip Inspiration By Paz Cooper

Cycling across Java and Bali

31/07/2013 3:26 pm

Back in 2010 I had an epic cycle tour across Vietnam, so when a group of friends started talking about a similar trip to Indonesia I was instantly interested. The plan was to fly in to Jakarta and then somehow make it across Java to Bali, taking in as many volcanoes and back roads as we could.

Java is renowned for its volcanoes, so naturally the route was planned to cross as many as possible. It wasn't until we started on our way up to Dieng Plateau that we started to comprehend what this really meant!

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2 Comments | Posted in Cycle Touring Trip Inspiration By David Blundy

Bogong staffer Mark heads south in search of adventure, tackling the popular Overland Track in Tasmania with the added challenge of winter conditions.

It was not an auspicious beginning: Before I had even begun the Overland Track, I was taking my boots off to wade through shin-deep water; the jetty at Narcissus Hut was submerged. No matter, I was soon off into the journey, with 10 or so cm of snow from the morning, and a light drizzle to soften it up so it could get into my boots.

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Hiking in the European AlpsWhy you should go walking in Austria?
Find out about the wonders of hiking in Austria, where to go, what to take, where to get further info.....

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Hiking in Europe Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Tour Du Mont Blanc alternatives

30/09/2013 9:45 am

The Matterhorn The Tour of Mont Blanc is a magnificent and extremely popular 11 day walking circuit of the Mont Blanc Massif. And that is just the problem - it is so popular that huts are crowded and the walking experience is diluted.
So if you have already done the Tour of Mont Blanc and are wondering where next, or are just looking for an alternative here are some suggestions.......

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Hiking in Europe Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Hiking in the European AlpsHiking in the European Alps is a unique experience and the reason for this is directly due to the mountain hut system that straddles the alpine countries and is so much part of the European walking culture. What are these huts like? Find out here.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Hiking in Europe Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Hiking in Norway

18/02/2014 10:46 am

Bessegen Ridge I came to go hiking in the mountains of Norway almost by accident, little did I know the wonderful walking experiences that I was to find. Rugged mountains, beautiful lakes, long long days and a very big sky are my enduring memory of Norway. See descriptions of three mountain areas, the Rondane, Jotunheimen and Trollheimen. All have a different character and offer a uniquely Norwegian experience.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Hiking in Europe Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Cascade Saddle CrossingThis article about a trip across Cascade Saddle from the Matukituki valley in New Zealand was first written for the MUMC magazine "Mountaineering" in 1975 by a youthful Bogong owner Neil Blundy. It was a time of long hair, short shorts, bravado and basic equipment. One thing remains the same, a love of walking in spectacular mountain country.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Via Ferrata

29/05/2014 11:54 am

What is Via ferrata all about? Via Ferrata is an Italian term (translation is iron way). It is used where a route is fixed up a cliff or mountain using fixed steel cables for the climbers to clip into for protection. Access may be facilitated by ladders or metal rungs on particularly steep sections. In this way routes up peaks become accessible to persons who would not otherwise be in a position to attempt them.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Bogong Snippets - Anna's Travels

12/09/2014 11:56 am

Bogong staffer Anna Bolmat recently ventured to France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland on a mountaineering trip with her partner Philipp.They encountered unfavourable weather for large part of the trip which put the kibosh on their Mont Blanc attempts. Heavy snow fall and high winds turned them around at the Dome de Gouter. The consolation prize was a trip to Mt Blanc du Tacul, where European summer finally showed its face, resulting in some stunning views from the summit.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Sandra

The Grossglockner 3,798m I first met the Grossglockner in 1993 on a six day hike through Austria's Hohe Tauern National Park. The thought of climbing it was immediately alluring. Not only because it is the highest mountain in Austria but also because of its beautiful shape.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Thailand climbing Rock climbing gets into your blood. In 2007 and 2008 I was lucky enough to disappear from the ‘real’ world and follow my passion for rock climbing for nearly 2 whole years. Here is a list of my 5 favourite climbing areas.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By James

Laura's New Zealand Adventures

6/08/2015 4:20 pm

During the month of May my husband and I took quick trip to the South Island of New Zealand. The focus of our trip was to boulder at Castlehill among the amazing limestone boulders. It was arguably one of the most scenic crags I have ever visited.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Laura Bussolini

Scott hanging in space on Ozy Direct.

Follow Bogong staffer Scott on his first voyage into the hard granite world at Mt Buffalo.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Scott Blackford Scheele

7 year old Callum in the Zillertal Alps.

Earlier this year Stephen hiked the the Austrian Alps with his wife, Sam, and son, Callum. Sam shares some her thoughts and experiences with us.

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1 Comments | Posted in Hiking Trip Inspiration By Sam Upton

Cairn in the Alpine National Park

In early February I headed up to the Bogong High Plains for five days of solo walking. My aim was to test out my new tent and sleeping bag, however – and I’m not complaining – I was greeted with near perfect weather, with barely a breath of wind nor a single drop of rain.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Trip Inspiration By Claire Keen

A Flexible Approach to Alpinism

28/04/2016 3:44 pm

Summer Alpinism in New Zealand

Trips and adventures will often be planned down to the smallest detail, yet turned on their heads by the simplest and most basic of things – the weather. My recent trip to NZ, ostensibly for the purpose of alpine climbing, was more a test of flexibility due to the weather conditions than anything else.

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1 Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Tom Patton

Climbing Mt Kenya

Ice climbing in Africa, on the continent’s second-highest mountain.

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2 Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Mark Clavarino

Grampians rock climbing guidebooks

Which Grampians rock climbing guidebook should you get?

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2 Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Chelsea Brunckhorst

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