Photos: Vivid Sydney 2013

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Vivid Sydney 2013 is on at the moment. Each year they expand the number of buildings and things to do, and this year they have included the Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour in the displays. Last night I started from Milsons Point and walked across the Harbour Bridge to get photos of the city and Opera House lit up.

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Death of a Hiking Boot

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RIP Boots

When I went to clean my hiking boots after my last hike I discovered large holes in the soles of both boots, therefore ending the life of a pair of boots that have lasted me over nine years.

I’m impressed the boots lasted so long. Glancing over photos from the past through years I can list around 30 trips I’ve used the boots on throughout NZ and NSW:

  • Ruapehu Crater Lake Climb (2004, 2008)
  • Ngauruhoe Summit (2005)
  • Tongariro Crossing (2005,2006)
  • Coromandel Pinnacles (2004,2005,2006,2007)
  • Broken Hills, Coromandel (2006)
  • Waitakere Ranges (2006 – 2009, Too many trips to count)
  • Okura Bush (2009)

    One of many river crossings in the old boots.

    One of many river crossings in the old boots.

  • Blue Mountains (2010 – 2013, Too many trips to count)
  • Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park (2010)
  • Pindar Cave, Brisbane Water National Park (2010)
  • Lane Cove National Park (2011)
  • Royal National Park (2011)
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (2011 – 2013, Too many trips to count)
  • Berowra Valley Regional Park (2011, 2011)

I’ve since gone and bought a replacement pair of boots which are currently awaiting their first taste of the aussie bush.

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New boots ready for the aussie bush.

Descending from Rupaehu

Descending from Rupaehu

Photos: Hiking Wahroonga to Mt Kuring-gai

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I spent today hiking 16km from Wahroonga train station to Mt Kuring-gai station via Bobbin Head in the Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park.

The hike starts out with a 3km walk from the station through the suburbs of Wahroonga to the start of a fire trail. It is always fun walking through an urban area with hiking boots, packs and poles. The first section of the track proper is a fire trail that runs along a ridge for a few kilometers before narrowing and dropping into a track that runs along Cockle Creek through to Bobbin Head. Along this first fire trail we encountered a very small red belly black snake that we initially all stepped over assuming to be a branch. After having lunch at Bobbin Head we then continue on the trails that run alongside Cowan Creek before climbing up to Mt Kuring-gai.

The photos below show some of the highlights of the trip.

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