Vonsnrub

171 walks ticked

This Year

4
Number of Walks Ticked
34.7km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

171
Number of Walks Ticked
1,557.8km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Ben Lomond (South Island NZ)
12 Feb, 2024
Hard
13.4km return
8 hrs
Nice easy to follow trail - more physically difficult than Roys Peak but not by much. The views throughout are sensational, difficult to take a bad photo up there. Lots of people out and about, even on a week day.
Roy's Peak (South Island NZ)
11 Feb, 2024
Hard
14.9km return
6 hrs
Nice easy to follow trail with a fairly consistent rate of climb throughout. A lot of people stop at the iconic viewpoint but the summit in my opinion is even better. Definitely well worth doing if you are ever in the area. Super popular the day I went to do it, and that was 3pm on a Sunday so can imagine that if I went earlier in the day it would have been even crazier!
Mt Royal (Barrington Tops National Park)
19 Jan, 2024
Hard
2.7km return
2.5 hrs
Nice walk with some excellent views! Despite being so short it was quite a nice little thigh burner covering 1000ft in such a short distance. The track was just clear enough that I didn't have to refer to my GPS - but was glad to have it just in case. Great little National Park, surprised no one has heard about it, has some great facilities and was devoid of people.
Pieries Peak (Barrington Tops National Park)
19 Jan, 2024
Easy
3.7km return
1 hr
A lot easier and faster than Mt Royal. Get some pretty iconic views looking back over the grassy hill towards Mt Royal. Was quite a pleasant morning spent climbing up both of them.
Genowlan Mountain and the Valley of the Dinosaurs (Blue Mountains National Park)
30 Oct, 2023
Hard
11.6km return
4 hrs
This walk was physically quite an easy half day adventure. I originally thought it would be a bit more demanding but overall it was fairly easy. The hardest part was navigating to all the main attractions - valley outlook, the valley itself and the cave. Was surprised there weren't more markers along the way but at least through the valley there is quite a nice little trail to follow. The cave was the highlight for me - such a small little slit in the rock that leads to this huge opening.
Baegundae Peak (Bukhansan National Park) (South Korea)
7 Sep, 2023
Hard
8km return
5 hrs
Had a day to kill before my night flight back to Sydney and this filled it in quite nicely. Can easily get to the visitor centre via public transport. From there it is a well signed route all the way to the summit. The track starts off pretty mild, then becomes a bit of a steep scrambly stair case up to the start of the granite section. Despite all the signs and articles warning about how difficult the granite section is I would say it's no harder than anything you would find in Giraween National Park, and it has rope handrails most of the way up so it is pretty managable for just about anyone. The views were excellent, I was lucky to score a nice clear day. There are other peaks nearby that look more challenging and require ropes and harnesses which I would probably look into doing if I hear back to Korea again. Highly recommend this walk if you are in Seoul!
Hallasan Mountain (South Korea)
4 Sep, 2023
Hard
17.4km return
7 hrs
Wow South Korea really spends a lot of time and money maintaining their tracks, was very impressed just how much effort went into it. If I had to compare it to a mountain I've done in Australia in terms of length and gradient I would say Mt Bogong. It is relatively straight forward but it is still challenging enough to make it quite rewarding. Lots of people going up and down. I was one of the last ones up because I had flown in from Seoul that morning and didn't start the walk until after 9am. Still made it to the ranger station with plenty of time to spare before the 12:30pm lock out. On the way down saw a few hikers who missed the cut off and were being sent back down. There is a place a little past the ranger station where you can fill up your water bottle with fresh mountain water. Really great way to spend a day, was definitely my highlight staying on Jeju - but I guess it always was going to be being that it was main reason I was there. Interesting fun fact - the air route from Seoul to Jeju is the most busiest air route in the world.
Bukit Timah (Singapore)
27 Aug, 2023
Easy
2.6km return
45 mins
Due to a plane delay coming back from Turkey I had to spend the day in Singapore so figured why not tick off another country high point. Nice easy stroll, no views from the top, or anywhere on the walk, but what it lacks in views it makes up for in monkeys - there are heaps of them!! One of them nicked off with my Woolworths bag but dropped it when he realised all that was in it was my water bottle and hat.
Mt Ararat (Turkey)
23 Aug, 2023
Very Hard
32km return
4 days
It's a beautiful mountain but it is indeed a painful mountain. Make the most of the first day, it is by far the most relaxing, cause as the days go on the walk becomes less and less relaxing and more and more arduous. I would say day 1 is like climbing a slightly steeper Kosciuszko. The walk to camp 2 is like climbing Mt Maroon a couple of times. And the walk up to the summit is like the gradient of the SE approach to Barney if it were covered in loose rocks and boulders and had no scrambling sections. It's crazy on the summit day, you look up the mountain and in the darkness you see headlamps zigzagging vertically for what seems like forever showing just how relentlessly steep the walk is going to be. The descent from the summit to camp 2 is also a bit challenging given the loose rocks and steep gradient, quite easy to lose your balance. The glacier crossing is actually quite nice in comparison, once you make it to the glacier the worst of it is most certainly over. Didn't see any arks up there, or many animals at all to be honest. There are reports of Eurasian brown bears in the area but I for better or for worse didn't see any. I went with Ararat Adventures and found them to be a good company who organised everything for me including airport pick ups and drop off, hotels and a nice little tour the day after we returned. Recommend bringing your own gear, you can hire it there but it just saves the issue some of the people ran into not finding gear in their size the day before the hike.
Mt Olympus (Greece)
18 Aug, 2023
Very Hard
19.5km return
2 days
Has been on my list a long time so was excited to finally tick it off! Nice walk with great views the entire way - well presumably anyway, the low cloud near the summit was a little bit disappointing. The first day hike is really nice, not too steep but it is continuous uphill. The refuge was quite comfortable, and also quite crowded so recommend booking ahead. There are other routes and refuges if you want to shake things up a bit but the way outlined on this page is the most popular route. The second day up to the saddle is a lot steeper but you are rewarded with a lot more views than the first day. The scrambling section from the saddle to the true summit isn't too bad. I would rate it fairly similarly to Tibrogargan, certainly not any harder. Overall great hike in spite of the absense of Greek gods at the summit.
Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island (Far North Queensland)
14 Apr, 2023
Hard
32km one-way
4 days
Was a hot few days on the Thorsborne trail but it was most definitely worth it! First day walking to Little Ramsay Bay via Nina Peak. Second day I attempted to get up to Mt Bowen and let me tell you that mountain is no joke. Whilst navigationally it is pretty straight forward (a lot less tedious than Mt Cook on Magnetic Island), it is unrelenting. Constant rock hopping and scaling waterfalls makes the relatively short distance quite time consuming. I intended to do it in a single day but by the time I got up to the campsite (which took roughly 6-7hrs) the weather flipped and it became a complete white-out. I realised I wasn't going to get a view and the rain was going to make the descent fairly diabolical, so decided to call it and go back down. And I was right, the descent took even longer than the ascent because the rocks were all like ice. By the time I got back to the campsite I was covered in bruises and scratches and all my fingertips were bleeding from all the scrambling. I would try it again but would recommend packing a light tent and spending the night at the camp-site to break it up a bit. Third night we spent at Zoe Bay and forth night at Mulligan falls. So many great views, great waterfalls, great beaches, can't recommend it enough! Wouldn't like to be there after a full week of rain though, the track would get insanely muddy. Also for the whole 5 days we were there we filled our bottles up straight out of the rivers, freshest water you will ever drink!
Pigeonhouse Mountain (Morton National Park)
16 Mar, 2023
Medium
5.6km return
3 hrs
Was easier than I expected it to be, only took me around an hour up and an hour down. If I had to compare it to one I've done before I would probably say Mt Warning. The drive in is fine for 2wd cars - however if you have a low car I probably wouldn't be driving like a racing car driver as there are quite a few pot holes. The track is very well marked, would be hard to lose it (unlike the track up the Castle). The ladder/stair section is pretty cool - always hoped they would do something similar on Mt Lindesay in SEQ.
Mt Gingera (Namadgi National Park)
2 Mar, 2023
Hard
20km return
8 hrs
Really liked this walk, was a lot easier to get to than Bimberi was. Loved the steep ascent at the beginning - similar to Mt Barney or Walsh's Pyramid gradient - no scrambling sections though. The track is very easy to follow, could have easily have done it without a GPS. Took us around 3hrs up and 3hrs down but we didn't really stop for a proper break until we made it to the top. Saw a couple of wallabies and one red belly black snake.
Jabal Umm ad Dami (Jordan)
7 Feb, 2023
Hard
2.8km return
4 hrs
The views on this mountain are unbelievable, some of the best I've ever seen. The company in the link description was fantastic, organised everything for us. Our guide also took us to a bunch of other landmarks on the way, cooked us lunch, brought us to great vantage points for the sunset. We then spent the night in a little guest campsite which was warm and comfortable. The scrambling is pretty straight forward with no exposure. Highly recommend if you are in the area, great place to get an eagle eye view over the desert of Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Mt Catherine (Egypt)
5 Feb, 2023
Hard
19km return
9 hrs
This was quite a bit more challenging than Mt Sinai - which we had completed the day before. Like Mt Sinai you are legally required to have a local guide accompany you to the summit. Our guide from Sheikh Mousa camp was fantastic! He even gave us a bit of commentary along the way showing us ancient ruins, and local water sources. We also had a dog co-guide who started following us as we departed the village early in the morning. I figured he would give up after around 10 minutes but to my surprise he came all the way to the summit, and all the way back down! Upon reaching the final zigzag section our guide allowed us to make the final push to the summit on our own while he remained and prepared our lunch. The view from the top is incredible, it's a landscape I have never encountered before, so much more barren than the view from any Australian desert mountain. I would probably only recommend this to peak baggers and experienced hikers, anyone else would probably prefer Mt Sinai. Mt Catherine is far quieter, we didn't see any other tourists in stark contrast to the hundreds of people who do Mt Sinai daily. It was very cold, we passed a waterfall frozen solid on our climb to the summit. If you go in summer prepare for intense heat, and the polar opposite in winter. Overall a great day out and a very worthwhile adventure.
Mt Sinai (Egypt)
4 Feb, 2023
Medium
11km return
4 hrs
We originally intended to walk up for the sunset, but we made good time and decided not to wait 2 hours at the summit for the sun to descend. Took us 2 hours up and we were definitely taking our time. The views are exceptional the entire way but get better the higher up you get. At the top we were greeted by a cat named Mohammad who I think we took more photos of than the view. There is also the cave Moses supposedly waited in to receive the commandments you can go and check out. It is quite a busy little mountain that attracts a lot more pilgrem-ey people than it does mountain fanatics, so there very well may be some delays getting up and down waiting behind people. Quite cool to hike up a mountain so culturally significant, would recommend it if you are ever in the Sinai peninsular. We did Mt Catherine the following day - both organised through the company in the description which I can't recommend enough!
Mt Banks (Blue Mountains National Park)
25 Jan, 2023
Medium
12.2km return
4 hrs
Nice easy stroll with only a very moderate ascent to the top of Mt Banks. There you will be greeted with some pretty average obstructed views - however still better than the view from the summit of Mt Hay. Overall this walk is quite similar to Mt Hay but possibly a little less scenic. That being said there are still some amazing views along the way!
Mt View - Pokolbin Lookout (New South Wales)
10 Jan, 2023
Medium
17km return
4 hrs
Nice easy walk. The only difficult part is knowing when to turn off the main track to get to the lookout as there are a few roads that shoot off to the right. If you get to the telephone towers you've gone too far. Really nice outlook! Can see the whole Hunter Valley from up there.
The Castle (Morton National Park)
28 Dec, 2022
Very Hard
14km return
10 hrs
Fantastic walk! Has been on my bucket list for quite some time but haven't been able to get a good weather window. Distance wise it isn't a very long walk but the scrambling sections are fairly time consuming. I would rate the scrambling as fairly comparable to Mt Beerwah and Mt Tibrogargan - probably less handholds but there are ropes which at the time of posting seemed fairly good. The day we did it, it would have been mid 30s and we went through a lot of water, so definitely recommend stocking up. Encountered a few people ascending and descending but we were the only ones doing it in a day return. I would absolutely do this walk again!!
Mt Jellore (Blue Mountains National Park)
8 Dec, 2022
Medium
10.3km return
4 hrs
Made the most of the good weather to go and check out Mt Jellore. Overall fairly easy hike. I felt the sections with rope were a bit unnecessary, but I suppose when it's wet they would come in handy. Saw a friendly echidna on the way up, fortunately no snakes...for once. View was a bit average, there isn't really any great vantage point, but was nice to get out and about.