Holidays

Taylor Goes to New Zealand!

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Over the holiday shutdown period, Taylor jumped over the Tasman for her first New Zealand visit (in the 11th hour of her PhD of course). It was an 8 day solo adventure with a jam packed schedule. One night in Auckland, 2 days in Rotorua, a 9 hour train across the North Island to Wellington […]

Outdoors

Bogong to Hotham 2017

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It has been 15 years or so since I’d run the Bogong to Hotham ultramarathon down in the Victorian Alps. I’ve always maintained that it is the most scenic ultra I’ve ever run in Australia, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do it again! Anyway, I did get around to […]

Outdoors

Kangaroo creek outing

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Given the temperature today, I thought I’d head down to the Royal National Park and spend the morning wading down Kangaroo Crreek from Waterfall to Karloo Pool. Water was refreshing but almost too warm at Karloo! Then a trot back up to Heathcote and along the fire trail back to Waterfall…  

Outdoors

Joel wins Oz Rogaining Champs

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Last weekend, Joel headed over to WA with rogaining companion Gill Fowler to compete in the Australian Rogaining Championships – a 24-h navigation event set in a mixture of farm and bushland near Nannup. After about 100 km of running/hiking over 24-h, Joel and Gill were pleasantly surprised to pick up the trophy for the […]

Outdoors

Mitchell’s amateur astronomy effort

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Mitchell, one of our resident crystallographers and amateur astronomers, was on the ball this morning and managed to cunningly capture the transit of Venus using his binoculars and a white surface – cool. As he noted, it was probably the last time he was going to see it in his lifetime (but you never know)…