Summit at Mt. Merbabu

•August 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Here is a time lapse from our campsite at Puncak (Summit) #3 atop Mt. Merbabu in Central Java, Indonesia.  Full info on the hike available at Gunung Bagging.


Camping at Monk’s Lake in Kirirom National Park

•August 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Assorted shots from my two-day mountain biking and camping in Kirirom National Park a few months ago.  Started cycling at Discovery Farms (approx. 8km from bottom of mountain road) and endured the grueling 30km climb up to Monk’s Lake near the summit.  Camped alongside the lake and woke up early to follow the Kirirom Backdoor Trail down to Route 4.  Hitched a ride back to Phnom Penh on a passing delivery truck for 20,000 riel.

The Kirirom Backdoor Trail remains largely intact, except for a portion near the third to last river/stream crossing where the trail is completely overgrown and I had to drag my bike across a precarious-looking fallen tree (see 0:43 in the video).  Happy to send along GPS coordinates and trail info to anyone interested.  Remains one of my favorite camping spots and trails in Cambodia.

Finding the Courage to End Well

•July 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

As a former staff member and board member, I am admittedly biased when I say that I am continually impressed by the poise, transparency and focus of the PEPY Cambodia team.  In their effort to better serve the needs of the local community, they’ve had to make tough decisions to wrap up formerly-core programs at the local junior high school and pivot to a new, more impactful intervention with high school graduates.

The team has been mindful in engaging all stakeholders throughout the difficult process, including the wider development community.  This stakeholder is often neglected, since NGOs rarely tend to publicly admit hardships and failures out of fear of losing donor funding or government approval/endorsement.  PEPY’s commitment to sharing lessons learned and best practices, as well as transparency with all stakeholders (PEPY employees, government partners, beneficiaries, community members) throughout the process, should be commended.  How else will the sector become more effective?

You can read the full PEPY blog about the program transition here.

Selamat Datang

•July 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Arrived in Jakarta on Thursday.  Very happy to be here after a year of Bahasa classes, planning and packing.

Here is a photo of the morning commute around Tugu Tani (Farmer Monument), which is right in front of our new home.


On Earning a Sunset

•June 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The best part of undertaking a morning 40 k climb?  A secluded lake at the end of the trail and plenty of daylight, perfect for a lazy afternoon of setting up camp.

Mountain biking and camping in Kirirom National Park Cambodia

View of the lake from my hennessy hammock

Weekend in Hibernation

•April 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Following my New Year’s Resolution to plan nature excursions at least once a month (if not twice), I booked Rock Spring Cabin in Shenandoah National Park this past weekend,  I was pleased to share this time off-the-grid with a great group of friends, new and old.  I set my GoPro atop the roof of the cabin while we prepared a delicious dinner of campfire chili, cornbread and eggplant yum-yum, washed down with a bit of Wasmund’s Single Malt Whiskey from Sperryville.


Check out the sites below if you’d like to escape the DC metro area for a pleasant weekend in the woods:

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (rents rustic cabins throughout VA, MA and PA to members and non-members)

Shenandoah National Park

Hiking Upward (trail maps)

An Invitation – Cycling to the Heart of the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range

•April 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

November 2010 Cardamoms Adventure 271

In the spirit of Alastair Humphreys‘ micro adventure movement, I would like to invite any and all to join my latest trip: a cycling journey to the heart of Cardamoms Mountains in Cambodia.

From the 9th of May to the 13th of May, we will be cycling from Kirirom National Park through the souther Cardamom Mountain range through the Areng Valley to Koh Kong province.  We will follow the route discovered by my friend named Steve, but based on his input, we’ll switch up the route a bit to explore some other (potential) trails.

The trip is expected to take four days and depends largely on the quality of the trails, the height of the rivers , and the number of overgrowth in the rainforest (even though the rainy season has not yet arrived , there is a small possibility that the trails are impassable).

Everyone is invited – please send an email to me via the Contact page. You should be able to cycle long distances (70-80 mountainous kilometers per day in hot, tropical weather) and be willing to camp out in the jungle.  Other than that I think just about anyone can do it.  I will organize all the preparations and the group will split all the daily expenses .