Mt. Kilimanjaro – 20-31 January 2012
February 3, 2012

In 2003 Stephen and I went to Kilimanjaro. Although I did enjoy the hiking I never made it to the summit then. Naturally Stephen did. Ever since then I’ve had this little niggling in the back of my mind – Stephen likes to call it ‘Summit Demons’ – about maybe going back some day and […]

Mt Kosciuszko
November 29, 2011

On Friday November 18 we boarded a plane to Melbourne where we landed on Sunday November 20th. We stayed 2 nights with our friends Patty and Jono and their 3 daughters in Aspendale. Very nice to catch up! Two days later we drove to Thredbo to prepare for the ‘big climb’. We checked into the […]

Mt Kosciuszko 2011
November 29, 2011

On Friday November 18 we boarded a plane to Melbourne where we landed on Sunday November 20th We stayed 2 nights with our friends Patty and Jono and their 3 daughters in Aspendale. Very nice to catch up! Two days later we drove to Thredbo to prepare for the ‘big climb’. We checked into the […]

Success on Mt. Elbrus
August 7, 2010

Sorry for the delay in posting, but Internet is not that reliable here in Russia. The good news is that I successfully summited the highest peak in Europe, being Mt. Elbrus at 5,642 meters. Today I spent the day touring Moscow is some the hottest weather Moscow has ever recorded and in smoke conditions that […]

Ready to head up the hill
July 30, 2010

All is well on the trip. The team is great. We have spent the last two days hiking the local hills. Tommorrow we start the 4 day climb to Mt. Elbrus. Weather has been great for the last two days Wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed for continued good weather.

Heading South
July 27, 2010

Caroline and I enjoyed the last three days being tourists in St Petersburg. We hit all the major sites and left just enough to justify a return visit, when it is not quite as hot. Tomorrow I fly South to the mountains and Caroline flies South to Israel. Signing out from the Korovabar.

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Off to Tokyo
April 11, 2009

My turn to leave today: first stop Tokyo for 4 days. I look forward to getting a taste of this city and it will give me another ‘tick’ on my ‘countries visited’ list – can’t let Stephen get ahead of me now, can I? Thank you Paul for taking me to the airport!

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Nepal / Everest / Annapurna Adventure
February 9, 2009

Our next trip/adventure is rapidly approaching and now that Stephen and his company have come to an agreement about his time off (it will be ‘leave without pay’), we can post a first info update. Stephen will board a flight on March 29th (once he’s managed to book a new flight after Singapore Airlines canceled […]

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Rest Day at ABC
September 15, 2007

Perfect day here at ABC. We just had breakfast and conference. The decision was made to take an unscheduled rest day here at ABC. While everyone is feeling good and strong, a rest day will really solidify our team.

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First Night at Camp 1
September 14, 2007

Just returned from Camp 1 where the team spent the night. We had to carry all our cold weather down and all our sleeping equipment, the total weight was probably around 12kgs or 26lbs, up to Camp 1. Let’s just say the climb up to Camp 1 with this weight was rather brutual. We are […]

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Rest Days at Advanced Base Camp
September 12, 2007

We spent the last 2 days just relaxing in ABC. Rest days are like weekends for us. We do not have to do anything. Tomorrow we move up to Camp 1 and spend the night, so we are all getting excited about this. Weather continues to be wonderful. If only it would last for another […]

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Carry to Camp 1
September 11, 2007

A very big day yesterday. We carried from Advance Base Camp at 5,650mts (18,500ft) to Camp 1 which is at 6,320mts (or 20,00ft). This took us 6 hours up and 3 hours down. We were all pretty tired at the end of this hike. So today (9/11) and tomorrow (9/12) we are resting. Weather here […]

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Greetings from Beijing.
September 10, 2007

I arrived safe and well and with my bags in Beijing and made it to my hotel without problems. We had a group meeting at 6pm, so met the others in my group. Seems like a good crowd. We have 5 people from the Bay Area (incl. me), 1 other Belgian (Flemish), 1 French Canadian […]

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2 more sleeps…
September 7, 2007

On August 25th I dropped Stephen off at the airport and he started his current adventure. As you can learn from his posts and the cybercasts, all is going well and according to plan. In 2 days time it’s my turn to take off for my adventure – can’t wait! I feel like I’ve been […]