Heli Flight by Ethan Astall

The local camera club on the island organised a doors off helicopter ride over hill inlet and white haven for us, incredible expierence to say the least!!

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24 Hours On Magnetic Island by Ethan Astall

Last weekend Ash and I had the pleasure of traveling to Magnetic Island to check out Pilgrim Sailing. The owners Paul and Clare are absolute legends and make the day out on the water an amazing experience for everyone.

We hired one of the iconic topless buggies that zoom around the island for $100 for 24 hours. As soon as you plant your bum in the drivers seat you instantly become 150% happier with life.

The decky onboard Pilgrim gave us directions to a little locals only spot for sunset which produced the goods. Our accomodation for the night was at the YHA at horseshoe bay which cost us $80 for a little bunk bed set up. For sunrise we scaled up Forts Walk which gave us an amazing 360 view of the island. The walk is 2.5km up and takes about 40 minutes. The rest of the day before the ferry home we zoomed around getting photos in the buzz box, climbing around some rocks, seeing a bit of wildlife and of course climbing trees.

The entire weekend cost us about $130 each which was fuel to and from Airlie, parking, ferry to Magnetic and back, accom and car hire. Not factoring food and bevs because lets be honest we all like to over indulge if were on a roady or on a holiday. Yew

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Shaw Island Camp Out by Ethan Astall

Due to not reading the tide times correctly we rocked up to this beach on dead low tide bobbing at the reef edge picking our brains on how to get our stuff off the boat. A couple of pairs of reef shoes made the job not to bad and we set up camp for the night and looked amongst the rock pools. The stars were absolutely incredible and we even saw a few shooting ones.

In the morning we were greeted with amazing weather, continued drinking and had a swim. From Shaw we headed over to Maher island for a snorkel and look around.

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Day Out On Ricochet by Ethan Astall

Skipper of Ricochet asked us out for the day to take photos of the boat and his jewellery he's started making, out of leather and black pearls. We headed out to Edwards islands, took the tender onto the beach, went for a snorkel, then jumped back on board for lunch and cruised home. 

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Sarrail Ridge by Ethan Astall

Met up with jack again to tackle another hike. Sarrail ridge is the opposite side of the lake to Mt Indefatigable. The trail takes you up to Rawson Lake first which is absolutely amazing. From here the trail wraps around the lake and up to the ridge. The scramble up is a 200m loose dirt and rock section that really isn't a path at all which took us 40 minutes to get up. Once at the top the views of the surrounding lakes and mountains are amazing.

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Mount Indefatigable by Ethan Astall

Closed since 2005 due to high bear activity we tackled it with 6 of us incase something went pear shaped. The trail up is super steep but you gain elevation quickly. When you get to the top you have 360 degree views of upper and lower Kananaskis Lakes and the surrounding mountain ranges. Sadly didn't see any bears which is probably a good thing. 

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Iceline Trail by Ethan Astall

Starting at Takakkaw Falls you can choose to do the iceline loop clockwise or anti clockwise. We chose clockwise (way better in the end). A flat easy trail first leads you to another waterfall after a few kms. From here its about a 2 and half hour slog through the trees via Celeste Lake before you hit the glaciers at the top. There is an option to go higher and follow more of the glaciers above but it adds a considerable amount of kms on top of your day.

Here your greeted with an amazing landscape of glaciers all around you, aqua lakes and a birds eye view of Takakkaw Falls. The path winds its way back down to the bottom of the falls and you honestly feel like your on another planet its so surreal.

20km, 850m elevation, 5 hours 40 Minutes

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Mt Yamnuska Ridge Loop by Ethan Astall

Caught up with an old mate from school and trekked up this amazing mountain. Yamnuska sits right on the edge of the rockies giving you views of mountains and long flat plains with lakes.

 Half hour or so casual uphill to get out of the pines you find yourself at the back of the mountain. Bit of rock climbing gets you up onto a trail straight up the back to the start of the ridge. At the top the drop over the edge is crazy vertical, jack wasn't a fan of us wandering near the edge haha. 

From here we looked behind us at what we thought was the peak so we bailed on the trail and scaled straight up to the top. Once there we found this was a false peak and we had to go back down again to get to the actual peak in the distance haha. We pulled up for some lunch and headed back down. 

The trail back to the car park leads you straight under the ridge and the view is amazing. Couple of deer getting about having a chew aswell. The condition of the trail is absolutely horrible though, thank god we didn't go that way to come up. 

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Mount Lady Macdonald by Ethan Astall

Average conditions of thunder and rain greeted us at the trail head, making us reconsider the hike considering the amount of elevation to the peak and not wanting to be fried by lightening or rained on. 9km slog up the to gain 1.2km in elevation to reach the peak with some amazing views along the way. Even saw some big horn sheep aswell. 

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Cory Pass/Mt Edith by Ethan Astall

Met up with an old friend to shoot the breeze and walk some km's and climb a mountain with cracking views. 18km's takes you up to the base of mount Edith and back through an amazing valley looking up upon Mt Louise. Bit of a scramble and some free climbing to get to the top of Mt Edith but so worth it

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