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Earthtech Youth Challenge

Here’s a post about something close to our hearts. All my life I’ve always strived to protect the planet and all its awesome ecosystems. Living a low carbon lifestyle as well as volunteering my time to organisations that stand up for these values, such as UNESCO Biosphere boards and Zero Emissions groups etc. I gravitated towards the growing movement of people and places that protect their environment by embracing the best cleantech and design. As Earths population approaches 8B with exponential associated advances, a global environmental catastrophe looms large. The need for EPIC enterprise that can protect and even save the earth is now greater than ever.

We recognise that epic enterprise in 'Earthtech's' exciting new social enterprise. Its something we can contribute to close to home but with global potential. I would urge you to check it out and share it round. Who knows you may just give the next 'green tech superstar' their start and save the world! Click the pic below.

#earthtech images thanks to RebeccaColefaxPhotography

 

Yes theres more and more of this kind of thing out there which is great. And the recent climate strikes show the swell of youth wanting to do something. The difference with Earthtech Youth Challenge is it is shifting the focus from refusing to renewing. It is massively scalable from local to global. And as a new social enterprise Earthtech merges NFP and capitalist competition to elevate the very best ideas. For it to be truly epic thats what it will take. All the best mentoring plus the big investor $. And what it will take right now is crew like you to view, share and support it. Please go and see https://earthtech.io/

Also please consider a donation. Do you know anyone who could be on a team? Do you know anyone who could contribute mentoring and guidance? Please pass it around and at the same time we invite you to join the Earthtech (newsletter) tribe yourself. Theres nothing to lose if you do, but everything to lose if you dont.

On that note regardless where your stance is currently at on climate change. There is no argument against supporting youth to develop their best ideas with our best support. So show some heart, send this around your network today.

 

 

Bit of backstory:

Cofounded by Ant Moorhouse and Brian Keayes in Noosa, Earthtech team are all superstars in their respective fields and reach all around the globe. You will see some more about that on the Earthtech site. For our part Beck's B.Sc with triple majors - enviromental, marine science and GIS plus her considerable swathe of talent and experience in management, mapping and creative content compliments her burning desire to leave future generations a healthy environment. Beck worked in government and Cartography corporations, and is a successful small business owner, she has great skillsets and passion to contribute. As the Youth Challenge General Manager Beck breathes life into the whole Youth Challenge process, plus provides her phenomenal still photography skills too!


Mat doesnt just hug trees, he’s also hammering the pavement (and keyboard) to help wherever possible. Because Earthtech 'is just what we need right now right here'. Mats always believed in going green. And always implemented that ethos in every way possible. Having consistently advocated and volunteered for green enterprise while building businesses, Mat sees radical green tech and disruption as an instrumental part of our societies solution. Putting his business and advocacy experience to good use as lead consultant at xplor4 Mat finds a good fit for the future in Earthtech. Beck and Mat raising their family here highlights how our youth are a fundamental motivation and driver of our future environment. We owe it to ourselves, our children, and our planet! Because there is no PLANet B.


For full disclosure xplor4 directors Mat and Beck Colefax absolutely are involved and invested in Earthtech. We believe that it aligns well with all our customers and clientele too. Please reach out for any info or to show your support. Thankyou.

 

MC

#earthtech images thanks to RebeccaColefaxPhotography

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Cooroy Mountain festival annual climb

Mount Cooroy on the northern Sunshine Coast has a special place in the xplor4 story. It was the backdrop for so much of our xplor'ing these last 2 decades, from a distance its iconic pyramid peak often stands out grandly. We have thousands of photos and memories from kitesurfing and paddling the ocean, rivers and lakes with Mt Cooroy visible in the background. As well as many other outdoors missions where far distant Mt Cooroy would provide a welcome reference for our navigation. We even personally purchased boulders from the mountain quarry for our own landscaping, as we liked so much the huge rocks of the groynes and walls around Noosas beautiful waterways. Anyway only once a year Cooroy mountain is open to the public to climb and wonder!

 

 

The trail is super raw and rough just the way we like it, but not overgrown. And the views are simply awesome. Being a rare chance there is literally hundreds of likeminded outdoorsy crew climbing too. This gives it a special 'event' kind of ambience. And of course pot luck with the weather, luckily yesterday was awesome. So we share here some of the pics from this year, and invite you all to share yours or any questions. Enjoy, gallery click below, Cheers.

 

 

 BUY SAGUARO TRAIL SHOE !

 

 

 

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Unique UX matrix

Do you deliver a product, experience or service? Do you manage an area, asset, or user group? Are you interested how people interact with your enterprise. 'User Experience' is our specialty and passion. We all want great outcomes, and we all benefit from great 'user experience' design. No matter what it is that you do, or what drives you, there is scope to explore and anticipate. Put yourself in the picture, let xplor4 put our unique UX matrix to work for you. email@xplor4.com 

 

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WIN a day out on our BIG SUP board

To celebrate the launch of the new Adventure Sunshine Coast website which we helped create content for. We are about to giveaway FREE a giant Standup Paddle adventure tour on one of the trails that is mapped on that ASC site.

To enter we are asking for comments, either via our review tab at right, or like and comment / post on our fb page.

 

Super simple so go on and get yourself in the draw. Winner to be announced very soon via our fb page (viewable without acc.)

 

Comments about the Adventure Sunshine Coast website are particularly relevant and regarded, so check it out by clicking below.

 

Yes the tour is transferable, anytime over the next year*. And YES you can always hire our big board anytime as well. Great for any group adventure, bonding, teambuild, familytime! Its a great gift idea, gift vouchers available from email@xplor4.com

Happy Easter, may you find what makes you smile!

 

*always at our discretion, as are the winners. Good luck go for it!

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Awesome Content creation, connectivity and GIS

The new Adventure Sunshine Coast website by Sunshine Coast Council is live!

We proudly present the coasts new trails resource! By sunny coasters for sunny coasters. xplor4 was stoked to contribute consulting services for this great project. The new site gives outdoors enthusiasts both local and visitors a FREE central site to plan and share their adventures. There are no annoying ads, and no business bias, no commercial agenda at all!. Its just the best trails for all activities presented in one central place. We already collated hundreds of Sunny Coast trails from glasshouse to cooloola for you in these categories!

HIKE - BIKE - MTB - HORSE - PADDLESPORTS

MC at xplor4 leveraged our decades of trails experience on the coast to collect and curate some fantastic experiences. He logged thousands of km's out in the wild, we took thousands of great photos (2500 available now), and wrote tens of thousands of copy writing words!  Many tracks are old favourites, popular, even famous. Yet for sure you will find yourself new experiences through the site. So go ahead, you can join in on your computer or mobile, go on group walks, put your own spin on tracks, even add reviews and pictures of your own. And yes you can suggest other trails too!

Our scope of works included recommending, reconnaissance and then recording lots of awesome tracks and trails so you get the cherry picked premium selection at your fingertips. Theres 300 Hectares of terrain on offer so naturally a lot of options. And plenty of other trails yet to be explored, the site will grow and get better by everyones participation. So what are you waiting for. Check it out, try a track or aquatrail yourself, review it and definitely let us know what you think of this new site. Doing so enters you automatically for $ and FREE prizes.

For an extra chance to WIN the big board for a day, you can post a review from our red reviews tab at right of this screen. Handy for extra kudos or if you dont do fakebook.

https://adventure.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/   new site

FREE GUIDED INTRODUCTORY TRAILS   launch activities

FREE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #1 $500 VOUCHER from SC council

 

 

FREE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #2 Big board day out from xplor4

 

Want to just borrow our big board, yes its available for hire, hens&bucks, tours, teambuilding, parties, and more! Just get in touch with xplor4. Likewise if you need an outdoors consulting firm for any project big or small look no further. email@xplor4.com

For example if you want trails or outdoors imagery, video, dronework or any promotional activities, xplor4 can organize it for you. We can also liaise with landowners and council on your behalf and integrate trails projects.

Thanks for reading, Thanks to MC@xplor4 for contributing cool pics and writeups, and thanks to KM and team@SCcouncil for imagining and building 'Adventure Sunshine Coast'

As always xplor the 4 corners of your world, smile and stay hydrated. 

 BOTTLE BELTS ON SALE!

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Most popular Glasshouse Mountain of all

 

Mt Coonowrin (eldest son) with Mt Beerwah (mum) behind, from Mt Ngungun

Of the 13 peaks in the group generally reffered to as the 'Glasshouse Mountains' Id hazard a guess at Mount Ngungun being the most popular peak to summit. 

Its 253m altitude trail is very well worn and highly trafficked, and for good reason. Its definitely the best bang for buck, brilliant views, an expansive and interesting summit to explore and an enticing lovers cave on the way. And its also closest to town (Glasshouse Mountains township). Which if you are ever nearby be sure to visit the information center at the township for fascinating insights into the story of this special part of our landscape. Weve heard whispers about the coming revamp of the Mt Ngungun trail which is very exciting, and an awesome multipeak route too! Definitely a lot of UX opportunities.

We will wrapup this brief writeup on that note so no spoilers, just stay tuned here and on our socials. For now we leave you with a few sunrise images from Mount Ngungun summit. Enjoy.

 

 

 

Where: Glasshouse Mountains township is about 1 hour drive north of Brisbane or 1 hr south of Noosa. The Mt Ngungun trailhead is a few km west on Fullertons rd.

 

SHOE SALE!

Have you climbed Mt Ngungun or want to know more? comment below or chat button at right. And thanks to like and share.

 

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Boardwalk UX and more. Explore Green Island TNQ

Green Island has always been a firm family favourite for us at xplor4, as it undoubtedly has been for many thousands of years and peoples too. Hundreds of generations have marvelled at its beauty. Find out about this great spot and its new boardwalk. Plus watch as we go:

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS !!!

 

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Noosa Trail Network highest points

Not a bad spot for a picnic with a view. Plus a nice dirt drive or ride from Mothar Mountain too.

Its been a long long time since I got up to these higher elevated sections of the Noosa trail network and when I had the opportunity to be driven up for a ride down you can bet I took it. The new Noosatrails master plan should stir up some interest again on such sections. Sure a refresh of the interp and interactive options would improve visitor satisfaction.. Stay tuned here and ask away, anything trails or consulting related. email@xplor4.com 

 

 

Fine Fit Men's Novelty Fun Socks (Bicycle Grey)SOCKS SALE!

 

      SUNNIES SALE!

Whos keen to take a tour with us through Woondum NP?

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One Top spot to do in TNQ. Tablelands Crater Lakes.

Lake Eacham is an ancient crater lake on the Tablelands. A top spot to explore when in Tropical North QLD, loved by locals and visitors alike, highly reccomended by xplor4 as a #1 nature exploration.

 

For our entire lifetimes we have been regulars at Lake Eacham, A firm favourite that always delivers. Its a special place well worth the journey. A few hours drive from Cairns or Port Douglas, with plenty of other interesting sights along the way (watch our next posts for more). Make this your must do in TNQ!

Luscious dense rainforest surrounds the lakes emerald clear depths. There is a surfaced walking trail around the entire lake, a few km of gently undulating shaded peace, allow at least an hour to enjoy it. And bring bathers because the biggest attraction is a soak and a swim. Averaging near 40M deep of shimmering sweet water, there are parts of the lake that descend a lot deeper! There is even a spooky real life mystery of a dead body resurfacing from those depths after years of disappearance despite navy diver searches and all!! Dont let that put you off. Get wet and we guarantee you will feel better because of it. We always do. We often Stand Up Paddle the lake too with our own boards however its just as amazing to simply swim or snorkel.

 

SNORKEL SALE!

 

Local aborigine legends relate an Adam and Eve kind of story about how Lake Eacham came to be. Two young hunters interfered with the sacred flametree against the warnings of the elders, Angering the great deity 'Rainbow Serpent Yamini' so causing catastrophic ruptures in the earth that created the crater lakes. There is some nice interp onsite about the natural history, however we would love to see more. And of course link it to culture and discovering.

Lake Eacham, and in fact the other tabelands lakes too, definitely qualify as an aqua-trail potential location. And actually we do want to share them through our own maps and apps for any of you interested. Management and user groups alike. Just get in touch with xplor4.com through our online chat below right or comments, call us, or even email@xplor4.com

Have you been to Lake Eacham? thanks to comment and share.

MC - xplor4

 

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Italy xplor4

 eMTB and machiato's

As summer bears down upon Australias East Coast, its been beach weather with plenty of board time for us here at xplor4. But behind the scenes theres a lot of development happening for trails and tours too.

As a consultancy and advocacy, for all kinds of outdoors activity. Its natural that xplor4 expands to incorporate new emerging activities like digitally augmented adventure touring,... and ebiking. The incredible explosion of high end ebiking in Europe and its reverbrations around the globe are something we wanted to examine at the source. Also as we are tragic two wheel addicts for a lifetime, and always admired Italian bikes, moto or pedal, from ducati to bianchi and so on... We didnt need to be asked twice to visit Italy to see whats happening in the exciting new growth sectors of ebikes and associated activity like ebike and eMTB tours!

So I put away our boards, picked up my helmet, and jumped on the longhaul to Europe. 

 

Yes it was a great trip for R&D and riding. Lots learned and even more enjoyed. Italy has a lot of cool towns, trails,.. and bike culture. Getting about primarily by bike and augmenting our experiences with modern connectivity like mobile maptours proved many points we are passionate about at xplor4. Also the eMTB versatility was amazing! One day you tour Treviso for a full day and 50+k's, the next you commute to your appointments no sweat, and the next you tackle the Alpine trails, all on the same bike!!

It re-affirmed all the reasons we travel to Europe to investigate this r e-volution. All experience we will put to great use in Oz. To take advantage of this and all our expertise get in touch email@xplor4.com 

   

Ive been truly blessed with glorious weather for this trip, quite a bonus. Being there in the autumn turns out perfect for trail time too. Amazing colours, zero dust, hero dirt everywhere and a lot of awesome 'buffed by riding' singletrack. The feeling I got was that the user groups get along really well. With each other and also with the nature and caretakers. A lot like Australia but with perhaps even more tolerance and co-operation. Definitely things to share and benefit from...

Everywhere we took to the trails there were loads of hikers. And lots of mountain bikers. Both co-existing comfortably, I did NOT see any signage saying NO this and NO that, or shaking of fists or poles. I did see a mature happy community, everyone looking out for each other and smiling greetings. There was even quite a few mototrials groups out on their 2stroke trials bikes, trail riding together with all the other users! not many enduro mx'r though. I guess that they must have their own areas for flat out faster tracks and bigger obstacles. Hunters were prolific in one trail hub too! Nice to see all the different groups get along.

Back to the ebikes, or in this case eMTB. Because we are all about trails, but also because the high end e Mountain Bikes present the biggest growth segment and opportunities. If your not sure why write us and we can fill you in. For the meantime heres a quote from Eurobike 2018 eMTB conference:

The e-bike boom for bike tourism. 

"For bicycle tourism, the e-bike is a disruptive technology at every level. But it is disruptive in a positive sense: the support that the electric motor provides to the rider makes bike tourism accessible to new target groups. In addition, the e-bike is making regions relevant to bike tourism that bike vacationers had left by the wayside in the past,” says Ulrike Saade, Managing Director of Velokonzept Saade GmbH. In addition, the digital transformation in bicycle tourism is acting as a catalyst for change. Also women and partners as an underestimated target group in bike tourism are catered to very well by eMTB. Swiss consulting firm Allegra Tourismus currently describes the wave of e-mountain bikes as a mega trend in the Alps."

And I can can see why. Whats not to love about being suddenly superhuman! Climb further faster higher, all for more of what we all love. We looked forward to the long uphill climbs, and being able to talk and laugh all the way up! Heres a vid of just that. Sorry no descent footage, my gopro packed it in but you can bet it was awesome! 

 

 

Natural resource managers worldwide will have to manage this new phenomena on their turf, And xplor4 are at ground zero. Finding out how best to deal with this new wave. While we are in Italy I am very lucky to talk to managers in eMTB fleet rentals, and sales as well as other spinoff industry. I also get to try the very best eMTB bikes on the market myself. In fact I really see so much more of the local country and culture by expressly using the eMTB as my main means of enjoying European cities, towns,... and trails!!

While in Europe I took the opportunity to get qualified on some brose motor diagnostic procedures. Which is important considering the 15194 certification that is at the core of ebikes acceptance and integration worldwide. I also learned about the other levels out there like e-moto and saw first hand how these might complete the puzzle for legislators and the consumers. Exciting times!

I immersed myself in eMTB, as well as many expresso coffees and frozen gelato of course. I enjoyed the pizza, the camraderie and the culture. And one of the best takeaways from the trip was just how good a gateway ebikes are, to explore more, on the trails and in the towns. To save traffic and parking issues. And even as the seed of much needed change to low carbon lifestyles. With a fun high quality ebike, and potentially free solar fuel, who wouldnt want to get out on it more instead of burning carbon. So many initiatives to action. Get in touch to find out more email@xplor4.com

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from xplor4.com

Mat Colefax

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