Abseiling into the Lost World

An unbelievable adventure abseiling over 100 meters into the Lost World Cave.

A friend and myself travelled to the Waitomo area of New Zealand to explore the Lost World Cave. After rigging up, we carefully abseiled over 100 meters to the cave floor. It was absolutely massive, magical and out of this world. We then headed underground for just over 2km, navigating through some very narrow gaps, waterfalls and climbs before emerging out the other end. Pictures below the fold.

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Hiking the Chatham Islands

We’re just back from a mini expedition to the Chatham Islands (including Pitt Island), located 800 kilometres east of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s about as close as we can get to an “overseas” expedition right now. The islands do feel distinctively different from the mainland and offer a rich geological and wilderness experience. There’s an extensive hiking track network, but very little information online. So we hiked them all and have documented our experiences below.

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Expedition to the Arctic

The Arctic Circle, Alaska / January 2020

After our expedition to Antarctica, we found ourselves compelled to visit the Arctic also. A land of beauty, desolation and frigid cold. Cold of -40 degrees C and below. And with a desire to push north was a far as possible, our limits were going to be tested to the max.

Join us as we venture through the northern bounds of Alaska and into the Arctic Circle during a punishing winter.

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Antarctica: Extremes of Earth Expedition (COLD)

We’re often venturing to the hottest places on Earth. But this time we’re trading lava lakes for icebergs and journeying to the continent that boasts the coldest, driest, and windiest place on Earth. Antarctica.

On March 14, 2008 we departed Ushuaia (the southernmost city in the world) for a ten day expedition to Antarctica. Led by Dr. Alex Cowan, our voyage would take us across the Drake Passage, towards the South Shetland Islands, and then onto the Antarctic Peninsula.

You can view a expedition report here

Stormy weather in Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand / November 2017.

Four weeks back, we journeyed to Tongariro National Park to hike the Northern Circuit. This track is one of New Zealand’s great walks (I’ve got one more to complete!). The Northern Circuit starts and ends in Whakapapa and encompasses much of the (more popular) Tongariro Crossing. With fine weather forecast, we set off, only to get caught in a major storm with gusts of 160km/hr.

See my full summary and photos here

Expedition Indonesia 2017

Dukono and Komodo, Indonesia / August 2017.

EXPEDITION INDONESIA 2017: We’re back from another insane expedition, exploring the remotest stretches of Indonesia. We had many moments of close escapes, including a super heated ash cloud, lahar and huge lava bombs landing close by us. All up, we took 11 flights, explored two fiery volcanoes and tamed a few fire-breathing dragons!

See our full write-up, videos and more here