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I’ve been feel­ing in the wilder­ness since Gow­ings in Syd­ney closed but I keep an eye out for a farm­ers co-op when I’m pass­ing through coun­try towns. For ad­ven­ture cloth­ing I go to Trek and Travel in Syd­ney, which has ev­ery­thing I re­quire. www.trekand­travel.com.au. MOUN­TAIN EQUIP­MENT, SYD­NEY Moun­tain Equip­ment has all the tech­ni­cal gear I need for my climb­ing and, most im­por­tant, lots of giz­mos such as al­ti­tude watches, multi tools and mini travel ac­ces­sories. www.moun­tainequip­ment.com. HO­TEL YAK AND YETI, NEPAL This ho­tel is an oa­sis in the mad­ness of down­town Kath­mandu. The rooms are com­fort­able; it has a pool, large, quiet gar­dens and def­i­nitely the best break­fast in Kath­mandu. Af­ter a cou­ple of months slog­ging it out on a ANDREW Lock is Aus­tralia’s lead­ing high­alti­tude moun­taineer. Based in Syd­ney, he has trav­elled ex­ten­sively as a guide and ad­ven­turer and has climbed more of the world’s high­est peaks than any other Aus­tralian. He re­turns this week­end to the Hi­malayas to tackle an as­cent of Shisha­pangma. www.andrew-lock.com. THE AUS­TRALIAN WAR ME­MO­RIAL, CAN­BERRA While it isn’t strictly an art gallery, the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial con­tains a large num­ber of war paint­ings from a se­ries of con­flicts in which Aus­tralians were in­volved. Some of them are so emo­tive I feel al­most trans­ported to the event; far more so than by any pho­to­graphs. www.awm.gov.au. SALA­MANCA MAR­KET, HO­BART Sala­manca Mar­ket has a stun­ning range of top-qual­ity, uniquely Aus­tralian tim­ber and hand­made prod­ucts. www.sala­manca.com.au. TREK AND TRAVEL, SYD­NEY high Hi­malayan peak, there is noth­ing bet­ter than a cou­ple of nights of lux­ury in the Yak and Yeti. www.yakandyeti.com. RUMDOODLE BAR AND RESTAU­RANT, KATH­MANDU Rumdoodle’s walls are cov­ered with the sig­na­tures of Ever­est sum­mi­teers, in­clud­ing Ed­mund Hil­lary and most of the world’s elite high-al­ti­tude moun­taineers. It cap­tures the spirit and life of Hi­malayan ad­ven­tur­ing. www.therum­doo­dle.com. BAL­TORO GLACIER, PAK­ISTAN My favourite sight­see­ing is trekking be­neath the mas­sive gran­ite peaks of the Bal­toro Glacier in Pak­istan. It’s quite dif­fer­ent from the Hi­malayan moun­tain ranges and far less fre­quented. At the head of the glacier you are sur­rounded by four 8000m peaks, in­clud­ing K2. SUM­MIT OF EVER­EST I’ve been twice but in­tend to re­turn at least once more to Ever­est’s sum­mit. The sat­is­fac­tion of over­com­ing all the phys­i­cal, emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal chal­lenges en­riches the soul. Sharon Fowler

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