Iwaenopuri is the peak in the Niseko range next to Annupuri, which is the famous one with the ski resort. It’s one of the first zones to look at for a backcountry skier in Niseko desperate to escape the slackcountry hordes. First Attempt I missed first lift at Niseko Hirafu on day…I lost track of … More Iwaenopuri

Now With More Huck

Today I’m creating the “MTB” tag for the blog. Holy flying spaghetti monster, it finally happened. It’s everything I feared. In hindsight, I love going downhill too much to have held out on mountain biking forever. If kayaking is like powder skiing – all float, bounce, and slow-motion commitment, then mountain biking is like piste … More Now With More Huck

50 Words For Snow

The Eskimo may or may not have 50 words for snow, but there are plenty in English as well. Experienced backcountry travellers seek out the best snow to be found every day, like surfers looking for the best wave every morning, or climbers looking for least chossy rock. Everyone’s heard of powder, but there’s other … More 50 Words For Snow

Whitewater Kayaking Progression: Getting Started in Sydney

Whitewater kayaking is one of the trickier sports to get into in Australia. There is a ton of new gear to use, a bunch of weird language getting thrown around and heaps of hard to learn safety skills. One of the worst parts however is not knowing which rivers are safe for beginners and what … More Whitewater Kayaking Progression: Getting Started in Sydney

The Ice Cream Game

A couple of years ago now, some brave Norwegians exposed members of the UNSW Outdoors Club and myself to a simple ritual they called ‘Ice Cream’. Whether this game was played across the oceans at their previous alma mater, whether it was made up to encourage someone, or if the game was passed to them … More The Ice Cream Game