Nattai: Russells Needle via the Slott Way
Bushwalking / Pass finding

Nattai: Russells Needle via the Slott Way

Party: Christian Wilson, Michael Kennedy, Michael Arrell and Tim Vollmer — Christian’s photos | T2’s photos – Trip report by Christian Wilson: Russells Needle. Google it and you don’t find too much info: a Sydney University Bushwalkers page from a trip there in 2001 (they didn’t actually climb the Needle on that trip), a few entries from bushwalking clubs, and mentions … Continue reading

Glen Davis: land of the giant yabbies
Abseiling / Canyoning / Exploratory / Pass finding

Glen Davis: land of the giant yabbies

Party: Tim Vollmer, Mary Merlo, Todd Harford, Michael Arrell, Dave Lee, Adrian Spragg, Emma Spencer, Bjorn Sturmburg (with Nicole and Oli as base-camp support crew) So when Sydney has its hottest day ever (global warming anyone…), where better to be than a canyon, right? Except when that canyon requires you to climb several hundred metres up an … Continue reading

Blue Breaks: Lacys, Bimlow and Tonalli Tablelands
Bushwalking / Camp cave / Exploratory / Pass finding / SUBW

Blue Breaks: Lacys, Bimlow and Tonalli Tablelands

Party: Tim Volmer, Carina Lucchinelli and Kandice Pierce — photos I love the splendid isolation of the Blue Breaks. Rugged sandstone plateaus, intersected by deep, plunging gorges, and almost completely untouched by modern man. I’d argue that they are among the most remote, wild, isolated places on earth — that still allows glimpses over a major metropolis. While … Continue reading

Mount Solitary (via the back door)
Bushwalking / Exploratory / Pass finding / SUBW

Mount Solitary (via the back door)

Party: Bjorn Sturmberg, Tim (T2) Vollmer and Tom Morris — Bjorn’s photos | T2’s photos For a kilometre or more the rocky knife-edge continued, cliffs of different sizes plunging from both sides into the tree-tops below. Our ridge didn’t do much in the way of climbing upward, rather it was happy providing an unending chain of rocky outcrops … Continue reading

Searching the Wollemi for Aboriginal art
Bushwalking / Camp cave / Exploratory / Historical / Pass finding / SUBW

Searching the Wollemi for Aboriginal art

Party: Tim “keep up or die” Vollmer, Pete “packhorse” Ridgeway, Sky “$2.5k” Reidy, Mary “midnight run” Merlo, Joshua “bear” Hill, Melissa “Lady Godiva” Freer and Stephen “Ralston” Sheehan — photos by Stephen | Joshua | Mary | Sky | and T2 The Wollemi is one of those places that puts the ‘wild’ into wilderness. Deep, cliff … Continue reading

Wilf Hilder memorial: plus a detour down Walls Pass
Bushwalking / Camp cave / Pass finding / SUBW

Wilf Hilder memorial: plus a detour down Walls Pass

Party: Tim Vollmer, Tim Gastineau-Hills, Mitch Isaacs (for the easy part), and about 80 other bushwalkers (again for the easy part only!) — T2’s photos | T1’s photos With an unseasonably hot sun bearing down through the crisp spring sky, about 80 bushwalkers joined in a chorus of “The People’s Flag” — an old socialist classic … Continue reading

Two historic passes off Radiata Plateau: Blacks Ladders and Esgate Pass
Bushwalking / Pass finding / SUBW

Two historic passes off Radiata Plateau: Blacks Ladders and Esgate Pass

Party: Tim Vollmer, Peggy Huang, Sarah Chan, Diana Ocampo, Daniel Arnesson, Jiri and Cat Svec, Chee Wong, Lilian Donoso, Chantal Bronkhorst, Melanie Luxem and Andrew Randall — T2’s photos I remember collapsing onto hands and knees — fighting back the urge to vomit as the adrenaline surged through my body — before composing myself and pulling out … Continue reading

A wet and windy week in the Blue Breaks
Bushwalking / Camp cave / Exploratory / Pass finding / SUBW

A wet and windy week in the Blue Breaks

Party: Tim Vollmer, Tim Gastineau-Hills, John Lieberth, Stephen Sheehan, Adrian Spragg and very briefly Joshua Hill — T2’s photos | T1’s photos | Adrian’s photos For a week the weather forecasts had been steadily worsening, so that by the time we left we were pretty well guaranteed rain on every day of the walk. We made our … Continue reading