Taipei from Above: Climbing Mt. Elephant & Mt. Muzhi

On my second day in Taipei, after exploring the city for a bit, I decided to go on an afternoon hike to the popular Elephant Mountain at 183 m., where the view of the city is said to be spectacular. I had some trouble finding the beginning of the trail and when I eventually did, I ended up half running up the steep trail, as…

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu: Summiting and Descending During an Earthquake

At 2 AM, climbing a mountain isn’t what I would normally be doing, but on the morning of March 20th, that was exactly what I was going to do. I had been tossing and turning all night, thinking that the wake-up call would come at any second, so when it finally did, the night felt like it had been going on for ages, although I…

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu: Ascending to the Resthouse at 3,272 m.

Everytime I embark on a journey, there are a few things that I really want to achieve. This time, climbing a mountain taller than 3000 m. was one of them. The mountain that I chose to conquer was Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. Mount Kinabalu rises 4.095 m. above sea level and is one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia and the tallest in…

Pulau Belitung: A True Unspoilt Paradise

Sometimes being an eclipse chaser takes you to the most remote and unknown places. For many chasers, the two eclipse destinations last year (Faroe Islands and Svalbard) were unknown to them or places that they never thought they would go to and this year, it was the same for me. The eclipse path this year went through much of Indonesia, covering some well-known places, but…

A Day Trip to Kangaroo Island

When I first heard about Kangaroo Island, the name itself immediately got me interested and after doing some research, I just knew that I had to go there. I booked a day tour for November 16th with Sealink and had a day full of amazing adventures including wildlife spotting, rock climbing and stunning scenery. I had a choice between day tours, tours with overnight stays…