Tag Archives: Kathleen Swalling

New Alpine/Chamonix Images

Out here in the Arabian desert, so time to release some cooling images for Chamonix friends and those in Arabia, or Australia looking for something different.

Here is a taster of what we can produce in Alpine/Chamonix environments. So beautiful…so lucky!

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Your voice matters…2 days left to make a difference to Australia’s Marine Life.

I have dived in the Gulf of Oman, Arabian Gulf, and the Mediterranean Sea, and I have dived on the Great Barrier Reef and on Lord Howe Island.

The difference between areas that have been afforded long term protection and those that have been either drilled, over-fished or over-populated hits you in the face the moment you submerge on a dive.

Please help Australian Marine Life: wise multiple use is still possible but protected areas need to follow scientific guidelines.

Take 5 mins to add your own voice to what will be some of the most important decision making in Australia’s history.

Click: Have your say

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My Tour de France 2011 – Inspiration from the Alps.

I am rarely a good spectator, I prefer to be racing or doing it myself. However, in moving to France, learning French and jumping headlong into a whole lot of new sports/activities, I’ve had little time to focus on one sport long enough to prepare for a race.

With the Tour de France coming up, I recalled driving up Alpe d’Huez to watch it one year and being inspired by the 1000s of people of all shapes/sizes on all sorts of bikes riding up. I distinctly remember thinking how much I wanted to be on my bike.

I had a dream to ride Alpe d’Huez. I ordered a new gear set to help make it easier, the gear set is still missing in action.

However, I am happy to say after a little training (5-6 rides out of Chamonix), listening to some good advice from local riders and feeling reasonably strong on my 2008 Nice Ironman race set up (39/27 39/25), I achieved that dream and in a good time.

Being in the Alps and seeing Cadel Evans fulfill his lifelong dreams was fabulous. It was wonderful to see him fight in these mountain stages to keep the time gap down.

After seeing him in previous years, seemingly ‘a lone ranger’, it was great to see how the support of a good team gave him the confidence and focus to show his true colours, which have always been that of a champion.

It was inspiring to see him adapt when he had problems/mechanical issues and watch as he diminished the time gaps that Andy Schleck and Contador created. The way he bounced back to destroy these significant time gaps, in both stages over the Col du Galibier and l’Alpe D’Huez, left us hopeful for the time trial and that Cadel Evans had a chance to wear the yellow jersey to the Champs Élysées.

This tour was my fourth since 2007, and I’ve seen a few from a bike trainer before that. However, one thing that always impressed me when I watch Cadel Evans is he just seems like an honest, hard-working, decent guy. The kind I remember back in the days of country cycling events in Australia.

One of the most inspiring things I take away from Cadel Evans is something that I over recent years I have almost felt close to loosing touch with: the idea that with persistence, hard work, and the support and belief of a few people close to us, we can retain our genuine values, be open and honest, and still believe and achieve our dreams.

Here are a few images ‘on and off’ the bike from my Tour de France 2011.

Enjoy and stay true to yourselves, your values and your dreams so that we provide the generations of the future with genuine heroes and heroines.

Best Kathleen

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Australia is carbon trading…I say Yes!

Excited to see a marginal government make a positive decision for the environment, and for renewable energy sources.

Happy to have held a genuine belief, and TAKEN ACTION against the odds, to initiate and implement the collaborative renewable energy pilot programs on Commonwealth Islands of the Great Barrier Reef @ Low Isles and at Lady Elliot Island.

Inspired and impressed by others who believed and took up the challenge to pave the way for the future like the Low Isles tourism operators, Low Isles Volunteers and Peter Gash, from Lady Elliot Island. Long term vision leading to economic efficiency and greener pastures ;-).

Chapeau to all the trail blazers….you know who you are!!

I am waiting on a call from le Compagnie du Mont-Blanc to help them to take action to lead the way in the Chamonix Valley. Someone give them my number…

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Climbing @ La Joux

After a big week of work this week with private clients and on a longer term project, I was looking for a bit of relaxation and hoping to go up L’Aiguille du Midi to do the Arȇte des Cosmiques but weather kept us lower in the valley so headed up to La Joux to avoid the crowds. Nothing like a little gneiss to set you straight. Lovely spot:


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Climbing, Sharing Knowledge & Maintaining Equilibrium!

Years ago I was undergoing a medical examination by the team Olympic doctor to Australia, not that I was an Olympian, but I was lucky enough to see him. He gave me some advice I always remember; he said: “Kathleen, there are people who give and there are people who receive, you are both – you are a ‘giver’ and a ‘receiver’. Simple words, succinctly put. I came to understand it as equilibrium.

Studies in chemistry, biology and physiology taught me the importance of balance in chemical & biological reactions. The human body requires works to return to it’s homeostatic state, a state of balance. Often athletes, individuals get taught to focus on WIIFM (‘what’s in it for me’), how can I get better, faster, who can help me get what I want…so it’s refreshing when you meet someone who seems to have a balance…an ordinary guy living his passions and dreams but helping others to achieve theirs. Tommy Harris has no doubt been sharing his love of climbing for a long time. He has been busy preparing Paul Keleher for his goal: no climbing to Everest in a year. Enjoyed climbing Pointes Lachenals with them both, bouldering @ Col des Montets and multi-pitching @ La Joux with Tommy over little while – hopefully, we do a little more next time…weather permitting! Still waiting for the clouds to clear off les cosmiques!


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Sunsets over Mont Blanc massif & a beautiful weekend!

Looking forward to finishing some client projects this week, starting a new project, and a visit from my Australian neighbours!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week,

Kathleen x

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Making the most of your opportunities…

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Italy, Sweden, and visit Normandy/Brittany in the last month, spending time with some long-term friends. A true pleasure.

Returning to the Chamonix Valley, I enjoyed an easy alpine route with Tommy Harris and Paul Keleher. Check these guys out…they are impressive people plus you will see some great photos!!! Thanks guys.

Obviously, I have a huge number of photos to upload but I am currently focused on some work for my private clients, and am also commencing a new project.

However, while I am burning some DVD’s for some clients, I wanted to reflect on making the most of today, whatever/wherever you are, and whoever you are with.

One of the upsides of traveling is you meet so many amazing people, and hear so many stories. You get to a window into so many ways to enjoy life through each person you meet.

I’ve found the other side of travel is when you arrive back in town, and your looking for someone to do a mountain bike with on a Sunday, you can find many people are in their set groups or already have plans…and that is when you have to dig deep…even if it’s wet and cold outside…and grab your mountain bike/running shoes or whatever, get out amongst it, and ‘make the most of your opportunities’…here is a small iphone gallery of me making the most of the Chamonix Valley last Sunday afternoon riding past some of the most awe inspiring glaciers & mountains…Enjoy your Life…wherever you are…today is all we have. Best, Kathleen x


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Happy World Oceans Day…

Enjoy this video from Nat Geo…

Australia is currently setting up marine protected areas around it’s coastline. Even Tim Winton has something to say. Take 10 minutes out to breath…and have your say to protect Australia’s Marine Life, meaningfully.

When I visit the beautiful Cote d’Azur I can’t help but wonder how amazing it must have been for Jacques Cousteau and other snorkeling/scuba pioneers to view the plethra of life that the Mediterranean once was…Save Australian Marine Life while we can.

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Remembering…Anzac Day

Images taken at Anzac Day Dawn Service, in Anzac Park, Townsville, Australia. We remember those who have served.

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Images available for larger format purposes such as documentation, media or exhibition purposes. Exhibition pieces and prints delivered direct in Australia & Europe.

Contact: kathleen@kathleenswalling.com

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