Glackpacking (see "glamping" for comparison) is the act of backpacking in relative luxury by staying in charming Italian "rifugios" with delicious traditional Italian/German cuisine for every meal, but still climbing 20 kilometers up and down mountains each day and sleeping in dormitories full of sweaty, snoring hikers. Our glackpacking trip took us through a significant … Continue reading Glackpacking in the Dolomites
I just climbed my first 4000m summit in Italy with my dad. This mountain was his first, too, about 40 years ago when he was my age. Although this summit isn't very technically challenging, the elevation and exposure in the final stretch make it fairly challenging. Here is the view from the last few meters … Continue reading Gran Paradiso: Climbing my first 4000m Summit
Our trip took us as far North as Coral Bay (23.1447° S, 113.7764° E) and as far south as Bremer Bay (34.3940° S, 119.3760° E). We spent 8 nights staying with relatives in Perth and Albany, and a total of 15 nights camping in a troopy campervan with its stylish rooftop tent (see below). Instead of going … Continue reading 5,000 kilometers later: A voyage along the Western Australian coast
Video of the underwater scene in Fiji: Photos from two dives in Beqa Lagoon, with Fiji's famous soft corals.
Here are a couple photos from a shark dive led by the talented Aquatrek team in Pacific Harbour, who give a portion of their proceeds to a local village to help maintain this marine protected area. The feeding attracted silvertip sharks, bull sharks, lemon sharks, nurse sharks, and many smaller reef sharks. A video of the underwater … Continue reading Beqa Lagoon, Fiji Shark Dive
Visited Hong Kong for a day full of color, ferries, dumplings, construction, and convoluted staircases.
Enjoying the incredible macro-photography opportunities in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines. Bargibant's pygmy seahorse - Hippocampus bargibanti : This seahorse was about 5 mm tall. You can see his small black eye and head near the center of the photograph. I got to see iconic species and witness intimate encounters: And so, so many colorful and fascinating … Continue reading Anilao, Philippines
Explored the otherworldly ocean floor in this magical twilight dive.
Biked n' boated through the Mekong River Delta and the industrial floating market.
We spent four days in Sai Gon exploring traditional Vietnamese cuisine and dodging motorbikes.