The Home Page of Allan Mikkelsen

Bushwalker and Trekker

This site is best viewed with your eyes open!!

I refuse to suggest the use of products from companies like Netcrap and
M$ who ignore standards for their own commercial ends.

The founder of the World Wide Web put it succinctly

"Anyone who slaps a 'this page is best viewed with Browser X' label on a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web, when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another computer, another word processor, or another network."

-- Tim Berners-Lee

This site covers my main interests: Bushwalking | Trekking | Mountaineering | Computing and has links that I often use.

So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.

George Leigh Mallory


My main recreation is bushwalking and I am a member of the Canberra Bushwalking Club and the Family Bushwalkers Inc - Canberra. While living in Melbourne in 1995 and 1996, I was a member of the Melbourne Bushwalkers.

I also follow other local walking groups, including the National Parks Association and the ANU Mountaineering Club (my son was a member while attending ANU).

I have a small gallery of my bushwalking photographs. I also provide selected trip reports.

For more information on bushwalking, read the Australian Bushwalking Page maintained by Danny Yee or Bushwalking in Australia , developed by The Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs (NSW) Inc.


Beyond Australia, I like to trek (or tramp, hike etc depending on locality) and have a general interest in the outdoors. If I am not walking close to home, I like to go walking overseas or in more remote areas, particularly the Himalaya.

I have a small gallery of my trekking and touring photographs. Major trips, for which I can provide information (more pictures and descriptions to come), include

All of these have been helped by the Guide Books from Lonely Planet and lately The Internet Travel Guide prepared by Peter Geiser. The most recent trips (1993 and later) have been organised by my friend Mohan of The Trekking Company who operates out of the Canberra Paddy Pallin shop. I maintain lists of trekking sites and general outdoor sites extracted from Usenet.


I am also a committed armchair mountaineer with an interest in big wall climbing and mountaineering.
For an overview of what is happening, I read the Latest Highlights from Expedition News, a monthly review of significant expeditions, research projects and newsworthy adventures.

I also maintain (and use!) a page of links to many climbing and mountaineering magazines on the web.

Logo I am also a supporter of Escalade 99 which takes place at Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains in April 1999.

I am currently (April 1999) following the fortunes of the 1999 season attempts on Everest and other Himalayan expeditions.
Sites covering Everest 1999 include Mountainzone covering Everest North Side Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition and Everest South Side Millennium Expedition.

If any of these inspire you, Mountain High Adventure are offering an expedition to Everest in 1999 for only $US29,500 ex Kathmandu.

One of the most interesting other sites is Hans Kammerlander and his Himalaya - Karakoram Trilogy attempting Kangchenjunga 8586 m Manaslu 8163 m and K2 8611 m. The site is in German.

In 1998 I followed sites covering Everest including The Password interfacing to Mountainzone.

At mid-april, these teams are reporting from base camp

I followed some of the 12 spring 1997 expeditions on Everest. At least two of these maintain web sites, the Americans and the Mexicans both have up to date bulletins and good background information. Also of interest to me was the Polish Winter Expedition to Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. They failed :-(


I have been involved in computing for over 30 years and have now decided very much so that the once beloved mainframe is now a dinosaur.
In August 1996 I took a voluntary redundancy from the Australian Public Service and am currently deciding whether I am unemployed, self-employed, or retired. I was based in Melbourne for 16 months where I was responsible for the Internet site for the Industry Commission and did most of my personal PC networking through the Melbourne PCUG.

However, since returning to Canberra, I have rekindled my interest in the PCUG Canberra and am now a member of the committee. I am also the convenor of two Special Interest Groups, the Internet SIG and the Internet Daytime Demo and Discussion SIG.

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the Complete Works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

Robert Wilensky, University of California

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