about

With a coastline of at least 20,000 kilometres, and most of the population living within 50 kilometres of the beach, it’s not too hard to work out why we are a ‘salt water’ people. Add to this the weather, the fact that most of our cities are near great swimming, surfing and deep water, and our strong record of producing world class athletes in water sports.

But in the south east corner of the continent, where altitude and latitude combine to create the Australian Alps – a series of alpine ranges and high plateaus fringed by deep and fertile valleys – we have a great mountain environment. Stretching from the northern Snowies south and west almost to the fringes of Melbourne, people are drawn here, to live, play, and work.

Mountains are addictive. Many of us have life long affairs with alpine environments and they become a defining feature of who we are as people. This site is a celebration of this fact and the mountain cultures that exist in and around the Australian Alps.

why mountain journal?

Since I was 15, I have been obsessed with the Australian mountains. In practical terms this has meant a lot of time out walking, ski touring, climbing, living, and occasionally working in the Alps. When I travel to places like the Rockies or Pacific Northwest in the ‘States, I have always enjoyed the mountain communities and sense you get of being in a special place.

To me the Alps are incredibly special – and quite unique. There is a growing emphasis on mountain culture here in Australia as well – from a range of glossy magazines, to the tourism industry and it’s associated media outlets, to the outdoor press like Wild magazine, which has always reflected the love many of us have for our mountains. There are a range of local government and businesses that have an on-line presence. There are photographers, writers, poets, and all sorts of folks who contribute to this sense of place and culture.

This project

This project is just one more contribution to this creation and appreciation of mountain culture. Perhaps it’s particular niche is that it is non commercial, interested in telling the stories of people that often don’t get a run in the more mainstream outlets, and is focused on activism and simple life ways rather than just consumer ‘lifestyle’. It aims to cover environmental news and mountain-related stories in any form of arts or culture, and human-powered outdoor sports, mostly backcountry.

Contributions of news, stories, photos, and video are very welcome. Please email articles to me, ideally with a photo or two to go with the story, a brief bio of you (a couple of sentances should be fine), and add whatever contact details you would like included with the article (eg email address or website).

I split my time between Castlemaine, Melbourne and Dinner Plain and can found via: cam.walker@foe.org.au

5 thoughts on “about”

  1. Aha, the famed Cam Walker! Keep coming across your name in Wild, associated printed matter etc. Beautiful site. The photos especially have a ‘you-are-there’ immediacy which is very satisfying. Two queries;
    –Is The Cobbler Rd suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles? Threw in the towel at that first gap (Wild Horse?) back in August. The Cobbler, snow-speckled and cloud-capped looked suitably mysterious, so am busting to return.
    –Blog protocol. Couldn’t help myself, gave the MCAV a real serve a few days ago on their flat-earthers ‘cow paddock’ blog. First it was headed up with the phrase ‘your comment awaits moderation’, then it disappeared. Fact; it contained no swearing, blaspememy, racism, homophobia etc. Can someone advise what the term ‘your comment awaits moderation’ involves?
    More power to yer right arm! Cheers, John Bond

  2. hi John
    thanks for the kind words!

    re your questions:
    – I haven’t driven into Cobbler for a few years, but last time i did it was 2WD all the way to Cobbler lake, where there is parking (just before and immediately above the lake, where it gets obviously gnarly just beyond where you are). If you take it easy on the road in it should be fine. Parks Vic in Mansfield should be able to help with telling you about current road conditions. And the folks on the back country forum are always a wealth of knowledge on such things: http://forums.ski.com.au/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=8&page=1

    – re blog protocol. I reckon they are being a bunch of total wimps if they can’t cope with some differing opinions. On our pro-renewables site (http://yes2renewables.wordpress.com/ ) we often get angry/ dissenting posts, but as long as they aren’t, as you say, defamatory or homophobic, etc, we just approve them.
    If the mountain cattlemen can’t cope with differing opinions i would take that as a sign that they don’t think they are right, because they are clearly scared of being challenged.

    regards
    cam

  3. Great work Cam! Particularly liked your recent blog on the cattle in the high country. And a number of other stories. Don

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