Dunhuang is an ancient oasis town along the Chinese Silk Road 🇨🇳. The area is now one of the few major tourist destinations in Western China. But still, it offers a glimpse into the past when traders from all over the continent traversed the Gobi Desert and converged on this strategic location along the main road to both India and Central Asia. Marco Polo himself spent a year in Dunhuang before continuing on to Inner Mongolia and Beijing.
The Seven God's Pinnacles⛰
Location: Monolith Valley
Distance: 7km round trip from Cooyoyo Creek Campsite and back (19km return from Long Gully)
The BEST hike to date. If you only have one day in The Budawangs, I would highly recommend hiking into the Monolith Valley over summiting The Castle. .
The changing scenery along this walk was so magical. From the open amazing rock formations, to the deep fern gullys, rainforests, canyons, to gum bushlands and the amazing Natural Arch! .
It covered it all! Loved this so so much.
I made it here... The Castle summit wholly because of my man @beer.bike.climb His presence and calm support up/down got me through xx .
For someone who is 'afraid of heights' it felt amazing to push through the fear of being exposed on the mountain and to trust my ability to climb up, see these amazing views and then make it back down... even if down was definitely done 'Mels way' 🤣
On my first attempt to climb The Castle, I made the decision to turn around after the first rope ascent due to high winds, rain and because I was alone. I felt so good about this decision after making it this time and seeing how many more ropes I would of had to climb in the exposed wind side of the mountain. .
This set my heart at ease because there was a part of me that thought I'd 'chickened' out last time. .
Proof to really trust your instinct, especially out in the wilderness.
The Castle ⛰ Alt: 831m .
Ascent: 976m ⬆️ Distance: 10km one-way to the Summit log book (incl. Walk in/out of Cooyoyo Creek Campsite)
My second attempt to summit The Castle in full was a success !! And we found the log book after bush bashing through to the end. Yeah!!
The season on Shasta is slowing down. Guess it's time to get off the snow and fully embrace summer.
Who has a great end of summer trip planned?
1 311 hours ago
Two days ago I got to hike 16 miles on the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park. We encountered tons of marmots and had a close call with a mountain goat. After the the last 1,000 ft climb we were left speechless by the view at the summit. It was easily one of the best sights I’ve seen in my life. It’s pretty sad though because in twenty years the view won’t be the same since the glaciers in the park will all be gone for good. I’m so thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to get out here and see all of these incredible places while they’re still here.
Fire lookouts are surely a special place, and I’d like to keep them that way. Many of you always ask me “how do you get to stay in so many fire lookouts?” Or “let me know the secrets to booking them!”. Simple answer: it’s HARD. And I’m sorry, I will not give away all my information I’ve learned through literally years of practice and research. It’s similar to the way I feel about geotagging, I don’t do it. I want to keep these places special and with a light footprint. I know that so many of you would treat these places respectfully, but I also don’t know you all, and some of these places have been destroyed because of bad humans. The very first fire lookout I ever stayed in, shortly after, was vandalized beyond repair and they had to shut it down. It’s still, to this day, was the most beautiful one I had ever stayed in and it makes me so sad to know that I (or anyone else) will never be able to go back there and enjoy it. I urge you all to do some old fashioned research, whether it’s a place you want to go camp at or a fire lookout you want to stay in, pull up the internet and dig deep. It’s going to be very HARD. Pull out a paper trail map, follow the dotted lines, figure it out a route that looks fun to YOU! I promise this makes it so much more rewarding when you FINALLY can reserve a lookout, or discover a new place because YOU mapped it out 💛 good luck friends, happy researching!
It's still freezing in Victoria but with days like these it eases the winter pain.
The count down to our big adventure seems to be very slow at the moment. So much to do...
1 162 hours ago
Este es un punto de vista distinto al que conocemos de #Cancun , un lado mas oscuro un lado que es igual de importante que el sol y las playas turquesas, y el Verano nos sorprende con fuertes lluvias, nubes y tiempos reflexivos!! LA AVENTURA NOS ESPERA!