Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”- John Muir
My love of mountains became evident when I was still quite young.
By my seventh birthday I had an impressive scar on the top of my head that I acquired from an overly ambitious attempt to climb a craggy cliff with my brother, unsupervised. The spirit of adventure was clear, but nurturing the raw enthusiasm into a lifestyle took many years of trial and error.
It was in 2012 at the age of 24 after acquiring a science degree that I realised city life was not quite suited to my needs. I left Melbourne, and struck out to seek a different lifestyle that involved spending more time outdoors, closer to Nature.
It was shortly thereafter that I conceived of my plan to traverse Australia’s tallest mountain range, the Australian Alps. My aim was to roughly follow the route of the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) and to experience the transition of this spectacular landscape from winter to summer. A key appeal of this walk was that I needed to be completely self sufficient, as there were no towns along the way from which I could resupply. Through careful planning and the use of food drops, I was able to complete my 74 day solo adventure in November, 2014.
This walk became a game changer for me: it taught me first-hand the benefits of enjoying solitude in Nature. I noticed that by spending an extended period of time in the relatively wild mountains of the Australian Alps, I developed a new appreciation for my environment that generated a sense of belonging. Connections that I have been oblivious to all my life suddenly took shape and I began to see myself as being part of the’ big picture’.
I hope that my adventures will continue to take me to more and more remote mountainous areas of the Earth, from where I can bring back images and stories to share with the rest of the world and hopefully inspire others to undertake their own adventures through wilderness areas.
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