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Spicers Hidden Vale
A Weekend in the Queensland Bush
Jun 23 2014 Written by: Pedro O'Connor
Last weekend, the Epic Australian team hit the road and headed west for a quick weekend getaway at Spicers Hidden Vale. Spicers Hidden Vale is a luxurious country retreat about an hour’s drive outside of Brisbane, Queensland. With 31 rooms in total, the accommodations are designed in the style of a traditional Australian Station aka Ranch homestead from a bygone era, featuring beautifully restored cottages scattered throughout the grounds. Spicers Hidden Vale sits on 12,000 acres of true Australian Bush with nothing but the miles and miles of untouched, glorious countryside in sight. The property also features a working cattle farm that elicits ... [Read More]
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Lindy Scholtz and I had the pleasure of travelling to Cape Town following the Indaba Travel Show in Durban, South Africa in May. The Cape region is a great travel destination at any time of the year due to the spectacular scenery, the variety of the activities, the poignant South African history, the incredible food and wine and contemporary smorgasbord of cultures that have come together on the southern-most tip of Africa. May is Autumn in southern Africa, an incredibly beautiful time of year with the leaves turning gold, yellow and red, and cool evenings perfect for spending time in front of ...
A Busy Week in The Botswana Bush
I have just arrived back from Africa, where I spent a very busy week in Botswana. I saw 13 different camps in 7 days. This kind of travel is essential for us to be able to maintain our level of knowledge of the different camps as well as the overall safari experience in these areas. As you might imagine though, it isn't exactly relaxing but regardless it is always wonderful to be in the pristine wilderness areas of northern Botswana. Despite the fact that I was rushing around (certainly not the recommended way to experience a safari!) I was also ...
Epic Everest Final Update
29 April: Apologies for having been incommunicado the last couple of days. We have not had any internet service to post news. This will be the final blog post of our trip. For those that have been following the blog, you will know that our Everest endeavour will not be going ahead. The recent tragedy and continuing instability of the ice fall preclude safe passage. Also, the Sherpa guides are not prepared to cross the icefall as a sign of respect to their fallen comrades. We whole-heartedly support their decision (In fact, we heard that yesterday morning there was another avalanche on ...
Epic Everest Update #11
26 April: Spent the day at Base camp. A lot of movement happening with teams pulling off the mountain. It felt like we were in a Fire Support Base in Vietnam with the amount of helicopter traffic. A fair amount of this was ferrying teams to Camps I and II to recover equipment. Regretfully, our summit attempt of Everest will not be going ahead. In light of the recent tragedy and the continuing instability of the Khumbu Iceflow, all expeditions are pulling out. We had a long chat with our lead Sherpa today, Panuru Sherpa (who has summited Everest 10 times) this ...
Epic Everest Update #10
25 April: Firstly, best wishes for ANZAC Day (for those outside of Australia this is Australia and New Zealand's version of Remembrance Day). Our thoughts were with the diggers when we climbed Kala Pattar at dawn this morning. Kala Pattar is a peak just behind Gorak Shep standing at 5,600 metres. It was another spectacular morning, crisp with brilliant blue skies. We had a light fall of snow overnight and woke to a beautiful white landscape. Everest dominated the skyline. While it was quiet and still where we were, 3000 metres up it was clearly not the case. A long ice ...
Epic Everest Update #9
24 April: Overnight snow and a perfectly clear crisp morning made for a wonderful start to the day. Kev, Ake and Brad started the day early and trekked up to Lobuche Advanced Base Camp (5300 metres) - Lobuche is one of the lesser peaks on the way to Base Camp standing at 6240 metres). After breakfast and a relaxed morning, we set off for Gorak Shep. This was a reasonably leisurely affair taking two hours contouring the Khumbu Glacier. This is quite a remarkable geographic formation. It is still marching forward at the remarkable rate of just over a metre per day. ...