5th January 2011
Ever since arriving in Queenstown I’ve gazed up at The Remarkables mountain range and thought about climbing to the top. The mountain is simply unnavoidable, it’s huge presence dominating the Lake Wakatipu landscape.
A bright and warm January day finally saw me reach the summit, aided by my trusty guide Stug who led the way and provided some ropes for added security near the top. I’ll admit we didn’t walk all the way up (that would be insane!) as there is a dirt road leading up to the ski field car park which is most of the way up.
So it may not have been my longest hike ever but it is certainly the highest summit I’ve reached, Single Cone standing 2319 metres above sea level. It was an excellent hike / climb past Lake Alta and up the southern ridge to the top. I say climb as much of the way has no path, instead you have to hop and haul yourself over many large boulders towards the summit.
The views over Queenstown and the surrounding area were breathtaking; Mount Aspiring and Mount Cook were both visible and I could really appreciate just how beautiful this area really is. Thanks Stug for an awesome day out!
15th December 2010
While living in Queenstown I am currently working with Macstudio as a graphic designer. Working in a place such as Queenstown has it’s clear differences to working back home in Scotland, mainly due to the types of clients we deal with. Accountants, consultants and electricians are replaced with stunt pilots, skydiving and extreme sports.
The wealth of adventure and outdoor activities in and around Queenstown means that there is never a dull moment at work. One of our latest clients, Fiordland Helicopters, is no exception. I worked with them in developing a new website and print materials which required some new imagery to complete the package.
To achieve this my boss Jon and I spent a fantastic few hours with pilot Jonathan and two willing models, buzzing around the mountains of Fiordland. With doors removed and securely strapped in it was an awesome experience to be skimming over the mountain tops and down through the valleys, surrounded by some of the beautiful scenery in the world. Although don’t take my word for it, judge by yourself. Here are a few images from the day. The full gallery can be viewed on the Fiordland Helicopters website.
23rd September 2010
Just a quick update on my whereabouts. After five months of travelling through Asia, I have arrived in Queenstown, New Zealand. This is where I’ll be calling home for the next 6-12 months, giving me a chance to catch up on my photography backlog and earn some much needed cash. The travels have of course been incredible. In five months I managed to visit Japan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Australia.
Over the next few months I will be posting new image galleries from the trip and will keep you up to date with stories from my travels here on the blog. For now though, I’ll leave you with a couple of images taken, all the way from the kitchen and balcony of the house in which I’m staying…
The image above is featured on the brand new Adventure Travel Magazine website as Picture of the Week. Click here to visit the website.