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GuySmiley started the topic in Tuesday, 7 Apr 2020 at 6:11pm

In semi lockdown I'm finally sorting through a lifetime of photos and inspired by what Craig and Andy recently posted I thought why not.
We travel a fair bit and there has to be some crackers in the vaults.
Good if we follow the Swellnet tradition of not naming or being too obvious.

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Craig commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 12:36pm

Wow, some great stories and photos.

CMC, incredible and the Dolomites are one on my list! They look insanely stunning.

Ringy, god how good re Mundaka! And to score it to yourself.

Also YS, stoked I got to tick that one off a few years ago :D

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yorkessurfer commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 12:39pm

Cheers Craig! Something different. I saw a bee making a, well, beeline for this flower so I held my iPhone about 2 inches away hoping I wouldn’t scare it off or get stung and scored this cool pic.

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 12:40pm

Winds were 15-20kt S'ly when the photos was taken (well, according to the nearest weather station - quite some distance away - though under the circumstances it should have been a good proxy).

Swell was still building when the image was taken, it was surfed the next day (not by me!) as winds went light E'ly. Swell direction was (by memory) close to SW. But, having not been surfed before, it was a moot point. We had no idea whether there was even a rideable wave there, let alone what direction it preferred.

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 12:47pm

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:01pm

I’m thinking about the totally wrong coast then.

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mugofsunshine commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:01pm

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Wife and I drove from UK to Aus in 2010. Got thousands of shots. I'll chuck a few up now and then.

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Craig commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:06pm

Kidding MUS, you've got to make a book about it. That last photo says everything, haha nuts.

Worried the 'barge' might tip??

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mugofsunshine commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:13pm

That was the kapal besar, you should've seen the kapal kecil they tried to convince us to get on before!

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:18pm

Mug, would love to hear a little backstory for those.

What a trip! How'd the 80 hold up?

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Pops commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:31pm

Absolutely. Must be a goldmine of stories there.

He who hesitates is lost

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mugofsunshine commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:38pm

'80 still going.
Long story short.
Got our permanent resident visa's, both of us had wrapped up business' in UK and had no fixed jobs to get to here so decided on an adventure (we'd downsized our property which gave us a bit of cash (not heaps by any means) and had rented out the smaller house, so a income stream of sorts).

Drove through Europe to Iran where we got kicked back. Tried entering the 'stans but 'swine flu' had just kicked off (ironically) and they kicked us back too so we ended up heading South through Syria (just in time) and Jordan to Saudi where we shipped to Mumbai. Drove into Pakistan and up through Kasmir back into India and across the top to Leh.

China was proving to be a logistical nightmare (Itinerary provided along with a guide for 18 days. You do what they say and do not deviate; all for a very princely sum. You can reduce the cost by meeting up with other overlanders and convoying (still only one guide required)), so we drove south through central India all the way down to Kerala then across to Chennai (old Madras) where we shipped to Medan, Sumatra.

Up to Aceh then down the West coast and island hopped all the way to Timor Leste where we got a barge to Darwin with all the returning ADF vehicles. Then took the anti-clockwise route to the Sunshine Coast.

2 years in total and believe or not we did more Km's in Australia than we did getting here. It's that big.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:50pm

Epic.

Favourite spots ?

Least favourite spots ?

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GuySmiley commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:55pm

late 70's sunrise over the Melbourne docks - from an old colour slide
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garyg1412 commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 1:59pm

Double barrel shotgun

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 2:14pm

Jeez, different world back then Guy.

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 2:20pm

Different world but in a different place.

Dirt roads, tin sheds and chooks and Falcons in the street.

Place now has one of the highest median house prices in Australia.

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mugofsunshine commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 2:43pm

Such cool shots. Really capture an era both visually and feels.

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Jamyardy commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 2:41pm

Nice work Sunshine. I spent a bit of time in India, some fun uncrowded waves. The mountains were exceptional, Kashmir was brilliant.

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mugofsunshine commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 2:41pm

If Turkey had waves we would have considered stopping (Pre Erdogan too). Friendliest people and such a diverse geography steeped in an incredible amount of history.

I won't deny it, central/southern India was very hard work.

Indo, from Aceh to Timor was a joy.

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mugofsunshine commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 2:42pm

Jam, so hard to capture the scale with a camera eh..?

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 2:44pm

Yeah the nostalgia I get looking at that is really strong.

Reminds me of all the fibro shacks and slanty shanties I've lived in, of walking home after a surf and dodging puddles, rocks and tree roots in the road, not to mention the odd massive carpet snake.

Very few fences and people always available for a chat.

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Jamyardy commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 2:52pm

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 2:46pm

How about this classic? (Not mine).

Look at the board and count the legs.

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Westofthelake commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 3:08pm

Unreal photos and stories. I've got a few but they are over there on the other computer as I am working from home on the work computer. But I found this one from my phone of the local area around sunrise.

Lookin south east

Lookin north east

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Jamyardy commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 3:04pm

Yep Sunshine, they are massive. Leh was pretty cool too.
When I was stuck in the mountains (a different set) for a good while, the next best thing to surfing was snowboarding.

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Jamyardy commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 3:10pm
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Blowin commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 3:06pm

Agree.

What’s all that white stuff coming from the chimneys in the port shot ?

It looks as though they’re actually making stuff.....bizarre !

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shoredump commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 3:13pm

Everest base camp trek.
I love being in the mountains

I’d love to get lost in Patagonia sometime

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Island Bay commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 3:13pm

First Indo trip. Bingin.

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Westofthelake commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 3:17pm

Nice one Shorey....like me you're a mountain man and love mountain women?

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shoredump commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 3:23pm

C’mon Westof, this site is open to all ages, and you’re asking me if I love mountin’ women?
I’m certainly not sharing those photos!

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GuySmiley commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 4:14pm

yeah Andy, a different world, there would be a casino and multi million dollar apartments and some of Melbourne's flashiest hotels in that shot now.

no Blowin, I love horses, given 100s of apples away over the years so I would never have done what you had suggested. haha

Everest base camp, wow, and that Lukla airport! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcjwaDUn3fg

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Water taxi PNG style

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Westofthelake commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 4:11pm

Hahaha, I said mountain, you've just left out an 'a'....but probs should keep to yaself...just in case...for the kiddies protection 'n all.....don't want to scare 'em off...

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chook commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 4:21pm

yeah, the mountains are great...once you reach 8000 feet it all starts to get magical.

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Craig commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 4:38pm

One from my trip to Spain two years ago, just me, my car and the mountains!

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 5:45pm

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shoredump commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 6:27pm

Lukla is wild, and one of the reasons I wanted to travel there Guy. On the way home I got trapped by weather, and with all the fellow travellers banking up it became a nightmare to get out. Basically you grouped up with others, as I was on my own, and found “your guy” who would broker a private chopper ride down to Kathmandu. For 3 days we didn’t know if we were the next to go or not, always being told it would be soon. Each morning a couple of fixed wing flights would get out, but if you had missed yours you were at the back of the queue and it was a 2 week wait. So we just waited each day down the end of the strip in one of those paddocks on the right, while choppers came and went. One morning a plane was throttling down the strip when a chopper at the wrong moment popped up at the end of the runway drop off. This plane that was now about two thirds down the runway hit the brakes hard, burning rubber and fishtailing to about 10-15 metres from the end. It was crazy. The chopper landed in the paddock, not sure what was said in the tower, but the looks on all the passengers faces was priceless as they taxied back up the strip, only to turn around and launch again, this time successfully. Finally it was our turn and our chopper was on its way, but it was a pretty bad day. We had to hike 90 minutes down hill to another paddock, where we met our ride out. It wasn’t long into the flight, snaking through Himalayan high country valleys, when the cloud moved in and we were on instruments. That’s not good news in mountains, but he was a gun pilot and knew where he was, knew the lowest safe altitude, we climbed up and headed out.

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CMC commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 6:53pm

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Stelvio Pass NW dolomites 2500m altitude

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CMC commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 6:55pm

i upload to imgbb then copy and paste to swellnet but only get the link not the photo?

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CMC commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 6:56pm

i upload to imgbb then copy and paste to swellnet but only get the link not the photo?

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 6:56pm

Wow.
Wonder how many times this has featured in movies.

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 6:58pm

Go "BB code full linked" in the embed codes dropdown menu.

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 7:01pm

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GuySmiley commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 7:26pm

That’s wild Shoredump. My best mate has attempted Everest base camp twice. First time with another mate who got serious food poison 1/2 way up, they were with a group/guide etc. one day back down with sick mate shitting himself on the back of a donkey and then both air vaced by helicopter to Kathmandu. Second time just him and a guide, mate carried all his gear. Successfully completed the trek and flew out Kathmandu about 10 days before it was smashed with that earthquake. How did you go with the altitude?

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shoredump commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 7:39pm

I was lucky. I did spend one night throwing up, but woke up fine the next morning. I love my food, but it was pretty noticeable the loss of appetite. I only ate the equivalent of one sandwich per day, which isn’t much walking uphill all day every day

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indo-dreaming commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 7:43pm

@Island Bay

What year was that roughly?

Was already much more built up than that when i first went there, but still pretty basic and a far cry from what it is now.

Id love to make a website or even start a facebook group or page to collect all these old Indo photos so they are collected in one place.

Please Stunet give me an ignore button for Talking Turkey, Shatners Basoon, Dale Cooper, Factotum, Pupkin, and any new fake profile he decides to create.

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Jamyardy commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 7:48pm

Nor sure about you guys but the mountains provide some form of solitude and serenity, akin to sitting out the back waiting for a set.
This lake is at about 4,600m asl :

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Jamyardy commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 7:53pm

The path less trodden is often rewarding.

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GuySmiley commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 8:04pm

Second time around my mate went just with a guide which he organised here working on the basis he would dictate the walking pace. He was fine but what he noticed was plenty of people suffering altitude sickness morning /night being forced to walk at a pace to fast for them. He therefore thinks walking silo with a guide is safer.

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chook commented Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 9:15pm

cmc...what bike did you ride through the dolomites? love to do it on a desmo 900.
although, all those turns must get a bit tiring after a while. there used to be a bike rental place in sydney that had ducattis, i'd take one down to the royal nation park for the day.