This is a blog containing random thoughts and photos on a variety of subjects. For information about me you can read this blog interview
I can be contacted directly by email – dnoble(at)ozemail.com.au
David, what a great website/blog!! As a hack photographer your photos inspire me to get and shoot. 15 years ago a friend and I travelled to New Zealand for 2 months. We traveled around camping and hiking. In Jan-March my wife and I will be flying from Canada to Auckland to start a new adventure. While there I hope to take lots of images.
What camera/lenses do you bring with you on your trips? What is the best way to carry your gear while hiking? Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your comments. Cameras – it varies. Often take a DSLR (Canon 550D body) and a variety of lenses (10-22mm, 17-55mm and 70-200mm) and sometimes a tripod. Pack them in dry bags (e.g. Sea to Summit ones). I have been using a small Olympus XZ1 lately – and I have been very impressed with its lens.
Are you the David Noble who discovered the Wollemi Pine in 1994??
No – see my website here for a disambiguation
Having recently started rock climbing, it was a pleasure to run into your site. Amazing photos by the way.
Hi Dave, GREAT blog!!! I’m Suzanne from Adelaide, I searched the Travers-Sabine Circuits on line and then I found your blog, and then I traced here!! I did a very good reading of your 9 days hiking in Travers-Sabine Circuits because I want to go there during X’mas time, can I ask how well it is marked? I went to overland track this new year, and how does it compare to the overland? Could you pls give me some advices? Really appreciate!!!!
Looking fwd to your reply!!
The Travers-Sabine is a great walk – and very well marked – probably almost as good as the Overland Track. You need to go over one high pass (Travers Saddle) – which I don’t think is too hard to climb from the Travers side. Then a steep descent (a lot on scree) down the Sabine side. Watch your knees for this. Nice huts and beautiful mountains.
Just received the latest edition (SEPT/OCT) Aust Geo Outdoor.
I liked Chris Ord’s section “skills” focusing on canyoning.
BTW I do enjoy your website posts and images they have kept me inspired over this long wet winter!
I have one question for you, do you use a thermometer when canyoning?
No – never use a thermometer when canyoning (but often take one on long hikes)
W-O-W-Z-I-E! i happened across your site/photographs when searching for landscapes that relate to my writing. i must admit that you have a plethera of photographic documentation that is absolutely inspiring!!!! but, actually, i’d really like to own a BOOK of your photographs – do you have one published? are you planning on publishing one soon?
thanks & blessed-be, jo
Wow, what a website. The photos and text are inspiring. I’ve just moved to Australia with my partner. We’re living in Moss Vale and trying to get out as much as possible. However I new country is hard to figure out in terms of access, permits, surveys. I know it maybe ridiculous but do you know who we could get in touch with for access to Colong cave and where do people get rigging info for the canyons around the Blue Mountains? We’re both cavers and mountaineers back home and wherever life may take us but aren’t really sure where to start here. Do the canyons really look that colourful here? Your photos make the landscape look incredible!
Thanks for a fantastic motivating website to get us out into the wilds. Do you see your photos too? Gemma Wadey
Thanks for your comments! A good way to start these activities here is to join a club. There are caving clubs (see http://www.caves.org.au/c_directory.htm) and bushwalking clubs (see – http://www.bushwalking.org.au/findclub.html)
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