Feed the Rat (It’s gnawing away)


Baz - The Landy, Southern Alps, New Zealand
Baz – The Landy, Southern Alps, New Zealand

Since a young  age I have been fascinated by the majestic beauty of mountains, of the peaks that poke through the clouds reaching ever higher into a deep blue sky.

Growing up in Australia has had mountaineering limitations given our highest is Mt Kosciuszko, a mere 2,228 metres high.

So I contented myself with walking through and over the hills and mountains, developing a love of the Australian Bush, the magnificent Australian Bush…

Like an unsatisfied lover, in recent years I started to look further afield with a desire to experience more from my affair with the mountains…

Three years ago I commenced training designed to assist and enable me to contemplate  climbing an 8,000 metre peak in the Himalayan Mountain Range.  The mountain of choice Cho Oyu borders Tibet and Nepal and is the world’s sixth highest mountain peak and possibly the most accessible of the world’s fourteen 8,000 metre peaks.

The fun is in the journey, right?

I have had some great times developing my rope skills climbing in the Blue Mountains not far from Sydney as well as undertaking an extreme fitness regime.

And talk about a good laugh here and there, strewth, I can’t even tie my shoelaces properly (it’s a long story) but here I am tying myself off on vertical rock-faces!


Unfortunately injuries over the past year or more proved to be a significant setback and at times had me questioning whether I should continue!  But the injuries are now behind me and a solid fitness regime is under way to get me on track!

My head is back in the right place, the switch has been flicked once again…

And crikey, the “rat” is gnawing away and it needs to be fed – that’s a good sign, for me anyway, as Janet rolls her eyes with a wry smile breaking through ever so slyly.

Janet knows the rat well, it has led us on many wonderful adventures…

And how good is New Zealand’s Southern Alps playground – truly a mountaineer’s playground.

After a reasonably steep multi-pitch climb I crossed this snow covered Arête in the cover photo on the way to the summit of Auroa.

Whenever I view this photograph it reminds me that “standing back from the edge is safe, but the view is never as good” – it reminds me what I love so much about the mountains, it inspires me to pursue my goal…

So, one step at a time, let’s do this together!

Baz – The Landy

14 thoughts on “Feed the Rat (It’s gnawing away)

  1. Wilder Man on Rolling Creek October 24, 2014 / 11:59 am

    Reblogged this on Wilder Man On Rolling Creek and commented:
    Let yourself be motivated, here, by Baz and his life. Some of us miss out on what we could be, should be doing. Baz is here. And he is reminding you, motivating you … go for it! You will be glad you did.


  2. Sas October 23, 2014 / 5:21 am

    Good to hear you’re training again Baz 🙂

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  3. mhoustonfl October 21, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    8000 meters! That’s a summit worth going for!


  4. Cowboys and Crossbones October 21, 2014 / 7:42 am

    Yeehaw! Keep on keepin’ on Baz! Glad the rat is back….so to speak. 🙂


  5. kiwiskan October 20, 2014 / 11:40 am

    great photos. I love the mountains as well – but prefer to admire them from the plains 🙂

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  6. Tiny October 20, 2014 / 10:49 am

    WOW! Long live the rat, and may he take you to the top of the world 🙂

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  7. NancyTex October 20, 2014 / 9:51 am

    WOOHOO!! Go get those mountains, Baz!


    • Baz - The Landy October 20, 2014 / 9:55 am

      Taken a while to get the head back around, may the rat live long, and our bank account be depleted!

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  8. Lavinia Ross October 20, 2014 / 9:48 am

    Baz – anyone who enjoys what life has to offer has some kind of rodent gnawing inside of them. May your rat grow fat, live long and prosper!

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