After a few days spent in the wilds of Barrington Tops, I needed to get back to civilisation (and find a bottle shop). I packed my tent, said goodbye to the possums and wombats I'd befriended, and headed off to the gorgeous town of Gloucester, New South Wales. With a population of around 2400, it's … Continue reading Gloucester, Taree and Me
With the Wu-Flu destroying economies and riots popping off around the globe, 2020 will see The Drunk and Jobless World Tour stay a little closer to home. But that's just dandy, because Australia is the best country in the world, and I'll take sharks and spiders over sick and deranged foreigners any day. First stop … Continue reading Barrington – Tops!
El Chaltén is a great little town surrounded by natural beauty, but when I found out I'd be stuck here for a week due to a lack of buses, I wasn't the happiest little Vegemite. The townsfolk are preparing to close the place down for the winter, so there are hardly any restaurants or bars … Continue reading A hell of a time in El Chaltén
The Laguna de los Tres hiking trail in El Chalten, Argentina, is one of the most awe-inspiring walks in tbe world. It sweeps along ancient cliffs, past raging rivers, and towards glowing glaciers - but I didn't get to enjoy much of it because I was monumentally hungover after a night of drinking the dodgiest … Continue reading Goon and lagoons: The Laguna de los Tres trail
I've been to plenty of out-of-the-way places over the years, but few have been as remote as the Argentinean village of El Chaltén. This tiny dot on the map is home to just 1600 people and a bloody long way from anywhere - around 220km down the road from El Calafate, which itself has a … Continue reading El Chaltén is an el champion place!
Torrential rain. Sub-zero temperatures. Sleet and snow. Cyclonic winds. They sound like good names for heavy metal bands, but they're not the kind of words you want to hear while you're hiking through Chile's Torres del Paine National Park. My fourth day on the W Trek dawned with absolutely appalling weather that saw a number … Continue reading Torres del Paine, Day Quattro: The rain in Paine falls mostly on me
Patagonia's hiking wonderland of Torres del Paine is like 50 worlds in one. It doesn't take long to walk from dense forest to sparse flatlands, or to wander from bright sunshine into pelting rain, dense fog or worse. For my third day on the W Trek, I made my way up the Frances Valley towards … Continue reading Torres del Paine, Day Tres: Avalanches A-Go-Go!
After a spectacular first day in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, I was looking forward to a cracking second day that would see me hike 23km from Camp Grey to Camp Frances. This section of the W Trek winds past lakes, mountains and waterfalls, but when I woke up, all I could see was … Continue reading Torres del Paine, Day Dos: Prances to Frances
Tonight, Drunk and Jobless is coming to you live from Patagonia's world famous Torres del Paine National Park. Don't worry, I hadn't heard about it until a few weeks ago, either, but it's famous with the hiking set, and for good reason. The mountains in this part of Chile are incredible, the lakes are so … Continue reading Torres del Paine, Day Uno: Wild on the W
After sleeping off my hangover, I woke up bright and early and ready to hike to the top of Volcan Villarrica, near Pucon in Chile. But when I skipped outside, the big bastard wasn't there anymore. It was like he'd thrown up his massive molten hands during the night, said 'Fuck it' and just walked … Continue reading The Wetter the Better in Parque Nacional Huerquehue