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Invite to Sydney event for outdoor enthusiasts

IdratherbeclimbingM9
11/12/2013
11:13:43 AM
On 11/12/2013 FatCanyoner wrote:
>Okay, fingers crossed this month's event is a little less controversial
>(I will point out, not one of the critics on here came along to ask any
>tough questions... I was rather disappointed!!!)
>
On 5/11/13 I wrote...
> ~> It is maybe a good thing I am too far away to attend the event, otherwise I might be tempted to ask some hard questions...
;-)

Seriously, if I was within a couple of hours of the place I'd love to attend these Adventure Time events, as they sound great.
Goodonya for running them, and I trust they continue to be a success.
FatCanyoner
11/12/2013
11:43:38 AM
On 11/12/2013 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>Seriously, if I was within a couple of hours of the place I'd love to
>attend these Adventure Time events, as they sound great.
>Goodonya for running them, and I trust they continue to be a success.

Maybe we'll have to turn it into a travelling roadshow!

And I actually can't claim much effort for the organisation. Tom and Em do the absolute lions share, which is why we're managed to get such amazing speakers and films so far. It is pretty exciting to see 100+ people who are all insanely passionate about the outdoors crammed into an event! (It's also nice for it to be a free event...)
FatCanyoner
16/01/2014
9:50:24 PM
G'day folks,

Next Thursday (January 23), from 7.30pm ‘til late, we’ll be holding the next Adventure Time event. It's a monthly meet up of Sydney’s outdoors community and local adventurers (although you'd know that if you'd seem this thread before).

This month we have talks by:

Dr Jeffrey Crass – The “Muller 82” caving expedition

Jeffrey Crass started caving 45 years ago, with the Sydney Speleological Society. He has been rock climbing for 42 years and was the Foundation president of the NSWIT Rock-climbing and Mountaineering Club. He also started mountaineering 38 years ago in Canada and has been a member of the New Zealand Alpine Club since 1981. Jeff was the expedition leader for multiple Australian first ascents in the Himalayas; Mera, Mera North and Naualek in 1982, and was a member of the “Muller 82” caving expedition to Papua New Guinea. Subsequently, Jeff has continued to rock-climb, mountaineer, cave, boulder, kayak, alpine ski and motorcycle around the world – more recently in NZ, Spain, Canada and Scandinavia.
He will be talking about his experiences as an expedition member (ferret, climber and scientist) on the Speleological expedition to the Muller Range of Papua New Guinea in 1982 - “Muller 82”. The expedition discovered the longest cave in Papua New Guinea “Mamo Kananda”. At the time Mamo Kananda was the 11th longest cave in the world and the deepest in the southern hemisphere. The total length of explored passages was 55km. Three chambers had colossal sizes, exceeding volumes of 1 million m³. “Atea Kananda”, was also further explored and the passage length increased to 35km, and it is now the second longest cave in Papua New Guinea. Come along to hear Jeff speak and also find out why “Obscured by Clouds” by Pink Floyd is so named and its links to this expedition.

Pete Ridgeway – Aboriginal art exploration in the Wollemi

Pete Ridgeway is a bushwalker and canyoner with a passion for wildlife and heritage conservation. Over the last decade he has catalogued over 200 Aboriginal art sites across the Wollemi, Pilbara and Tasmanian wilderness but of all these places it is the Wollemi which is the most captivating. ‘Wollemi’ is said to translate as ‘watch your step’ and there is something about this twisted landscape which always draws you back for more. Pete will share three years of experience searching for Aboriginal art in the Wollemi wilderness. As well as recounting the experiences and artwork of the Wollemi he will explore the diversity of Aboriginal sites and how to look for and look after this remarkable heritage.

Bonus features:

As usual, we will also have a slack line (provided by http://pureslacklines.com/) and alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and cider (by donation). You may also BYO.

Where is it?

A warehouse just up the road from St Peters climbing gym: 12 Hutchinson St, St Peters.

See the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/671036732939677/
FatCanyoner
13/02/2014
9:27:31 AM
G'day folks,

Adventure Time is back on this month, with the next event on Thursday the 20th of February at the Hutch.

This month, we’ll have talks by:

DAVE NOBLE - Exploratory Canyoning in the Northern Blue Mountains
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If you've been canyoning in the Blue Mountains you've heard of him, and the chances are you've been through one of his discoveries. A local legend, Dave Noble has been canyoning in the Blue Mountains since 1973. For many of those years he has been seeking out new canyons in the Northern Blue Mountains Wilderness.

Dave will talk about how he started canyoning, what got him into exploratory canyoning and how to look for canyons. He will discus techniques and ethical issues.


RICHARD BARNES
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For those who have climbed every cliff, explored every canyon, abseiled and caved and bushwalked all the sights of Sydney and beyond, what frontier remains? Possibly kayaking holds the secret. There are so many different versions, just one of which may appeal. Some of the activities encompassed by canoeing are canoe touring and camping, flatwater racing, whitewater and rapid rivers, seakayaking and even canoe polo. Richard’s talk will present some of the options, with photos from some of his trips, and also provide some links for those wanting to give any aspect a try.

If a paddle is possible, Richard may have tried it. He was introduced to kayaking through Scouts, and has been involved for 30 plus years. He has paddled in pools in Sydney for canoe polo. He has paddled many of NSW’s creeks and rivers, long distance and whitewater. He paddled a concrete canoe in Stockholm Sweden. Whitewater trips have taken him to New Zealand, Chile and Nepal. A brief trip to Antarctica has been on his canoe schedule. His toy garage is stuffed with more than 20 different kayaks. In his Mirage sea kayak he has paddled the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, across Bass Strait and around Tasmania.

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Bonus features:
As usual, we will also have a slack line (provided byhttp://pureslacklines.com/) and, alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and cider (by donation). You may also BYO.

The Hutch is located at 12 Hutchinson St, St Peters

Hope to see you there!

P.S. Feel free to invite other like minded people!
FatCanyoner
12/03/2014
10:55:38 PM
G'day folks,

Adventure Time is back on this month (for those who haven't been, it's a free event bringing together bushwalkers, climbers, canyoners, cavers, mountain bikers, bush runners, paddlers and general lovers of the outdoors).

The exciting news is that, after having to cancel due to bushfires threatening his home late last year, Glenn Singleman is finally able to make it along. He'll be joined by Ben Artup (A.K.A Sleep Train), who was the first person to complete the full length of the Grose Valley in a day.

Date: Thursday, 27 March 2014
Time: 7.30pm until late
Address: 12 Hutchinson St, St Peters

Speakers:

Glenn Singleman: "Professional Adventuring -- a contradiction in terms?"

Glen is an internationally recognised professional adventurer. He is probably best known for his BASE-climb exploits and has successfully climbed and then BASE-jumped from some of the highest cliffs on the planet. Glen and his wife Heather currently hold the official record for the highest BASE jump in the world. Tonight, he will be speaking to us about professional adventuring; whether adventurers have 'use by' dates like many other sports people and if it possible to be an adventurer and have a mortgage or children or a steady job. He will address these questions with a run through some of the 'professional' adventures that he has been involved with over the years. For more information on Glenn, check out his website: http://www.baseclimb.com/

Ben Artup: "Adventure trail running and bushwalking"

Ben Artup lives in the Blue Mountains and is an avid bush walker and trail runner. Ben is also a former professional Triathlete. Ben holds several bush records in the Blue Mountains including the first 1 day completion of the Grose valley in 1999 in a time of 15hrs 21 mins 14 seconds. He is also the current course record holder for the 6 foot track marathon in a time of 3hrs and 15 mins 25 seconds. And has completed the 3 Peaks several times – the fastest being 19hrs and 5mins (from climbers car park return). However, Ben's major passion and interest now lies in the great Wollemi Wilderness. In 2008 he attempted to traverse the park from North to South - making it from Denman to Wirriba Ridge (near Gospers Mtn) in 7 days, alone, before being beaten by the terrain and food supply issues. Now with 3 kids under 3, Ben fits running and bush walking adventures in where he can, and has 2 future goals: to traverse the Wollemi North to South in the Fastest Known Time (FKT) using no trails, and win the North Face 100 within 2 years. Ben will talk about his experiences in local wildernesses, including; hallucinations of Nuns on river banks, sleeping in a garbage bag on Mt Strong Leg, eating boiled up vegemite as a Last Supper when he was 9 years old, and how bush walking can be the best prep for ultra-marathons, among other stories.

Bonus features:

As usual, we will also have a slack line (provided by http://pureslacklines.com/) and, alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and cider (by donation). You may also BYO.

Make sure you send an email to our mailing list if you want to keep updated about future Adventure Time events: adventuretimesydney@gmail.com
FatCanyoner
1/05/2014
5:24:17 PM
Adventure Time is on again

When: 7.30pm until late, Thursday 8 May 2014
Where: 12 Hutchinson St, St Peters

This month we have:

MIKE LAW - Remote rope rescue
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Infamous climbing legend and Adventure Time favourite, Mike Law will be demonstrating how to save an injured or unconscious lead climber, abseiler or anyone else that ends up hanging off a rope. One lucky person will be suspended in the rafters, and rescue techniques and best practice will be discussed and demonstrated. A must see for climbers, canyoners and abseilers.

TONY RUZEK - Big mountain skiing from the roof of the world
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Tony, a Sydney-based adventurer, has been skiing since almost before he could walk. Beginning in his native Czech Republic, over the years Tony has travelled around the world in his quest for perfect powder. In 2010, Tony attempted to become the first Australian or Czech to ski from the summit of an 8000 metre peak. Along with a friend, they set off on the only unsupported attempt that year to the summit of Cho Oyu, on the border of Tibet and Nepal. At 8,201m tall it is the sixth highest peak on earth.

While his push to the summit was unsuccessful, Tony did manage to ski down the mountain from Camp 3, which sits almost 7,500m above sea level. He will speak about the thrill of skiing from the roof of the world, along with the challenges and benefits of his choice to avoid commercial operators and instead attempt the Himalayan peak unsupported -- a decision that allowed him to do the trip for less than a fifth of the cost of going with a guided group.

VALHALLA - Sydney premiere of the new Sweetgrass ski film
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The amazing team at Sweetgrass Productions have given Adventure Time permission to screen their ground-breaking new film, Valhalla:

The weightlessness of youth: every breath radiates opportunity and hope; every sense thrives on the wealth of the present; every thing whispers of brilliance and awe. When you’ve seen the season’s first great snow through the eyes of a child—you’ve known true happiness. But what happened to that simple joy? Where do we find the freedom that time and wisdom stole away?

Valhalla, Sweetgrass Productions’ fourth feature film, is the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth. Feeling the distant heat of it’s fire still burning in the mountains of the frozen north, he goes in search of those tending the flame—the untamed, the wild, and the outcast dwelling on the fringe.

Weaving narrative-driven style with award-winning, face-melting backcountry ski and snowboard cinematography; Valhalla is a vivid explosion of color, character, snow, and nostalgic soul.


BONUS FEATURES
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As usual, we will also have a slack line (provided byhttp://pureslacklines.com/) and, alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and cider (by donation). You may also BYO.


KEEP IN THE LOOP:
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If you want to make sure you never miss an event, send an email to adventuretimesydney@gmail.com and you'll get added to the mailing list.

There's also a facebook event for those who prefer their media social: https://www.facebook.com/events/766448433389946/
bjorniam
24/10/2014
10:27:17 AM
We're back with two new speakers for your inspiration and entertainment.

On Thursday the 30th of October from 7:30pm come to Stucco Housing Co-op at 197 Wilson St, Newtown, for talks by:


PETE SMITH

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Pete is a very experienced adventure kitesurfer, originally a competition sailor he knows the wind like no-one else I know. He is well-known in the Sydney kite community for his energy and time spent helping other and his daring downwinder surfaris.

Pete will be sharing the story of his part in the world-first kite crossing of the Torres strait between QLD and Papua New Guinea riding, of all things, an unstrapped surfboard for over 400km in challenging wind and sea conditions. Far from being a holiday style cruise this expedition involved a range of distinct and unique challenges, which required a some out-there techniques and great buckets of endurance. But would he do it again?... I don't know, let's ask him on the night. BYO seasickness medications!

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DAMIEN GILDEA

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Damien is an Australian climber of 20+ years experience. He is also the world authority on Antarctic climbing, having literally written the book on the subject after 10 trips to climb Antarctica’s highest peaks and two South pole expeditions. He has also climbed in the Andes, Karakoram, Pamirs and Himalaya. He even has a glacier named after him.

Besides his own tales of hair-raising adventures, he will be sharing insights into the different "characters" of the unique people who have explored the mountains of Antarctica over the last century.

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As usual it's all for free.

Just BYO drinks, and we'll provide the stoke.

Doors will open at 7:30pm and speakers from 8pm sharp.
Kicking on to the Royal Hotel after the talks wrap up.

Tell your friends!

Tip 1: If someone has closed the door just hang around for a few minutes and we'll let you in.
Tip 2: If there is no more room on the dozen or more couches and you don't feel like standing then bring something to sit on.
Tip 3: There are many bottle shops within a 10min walk, so no excuses.

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