This morning, our mate Jackson Groves got in touch. Jackson’s been out mountaineering in the Himalayas, notably summiting Mount Manaslu (8,163m) and Ama Dablam (6,812m). Yeah, exploring outside of Australia, wild I know.

In his email Jackson sent through a few links to photos from his trips. Now if you’re anything like me, you’ve pretty much pushed international travel from your mind the last few years. Well it’s time to let it come roaring back in. You’ll be forgiven for thinking these photos were taken on another planet. It’s about as far from most Aussies’ realities right now as you can get.

These photos are worth more than a thousand words each, so I’m just gonna shut up and let you take a look for yourself. Hold onto your jaws, we don’t want them crashing to the ground too quickly. 

Ama Dablam

‘The Ama Dablam climb was an expedition I documented with photography from a helicopter, drone, and regular camera. Many of the images are from angles or parts of the climb I’ve not ever seen photographed including aerial images of Camp 3 beneath the serac. The images of the precariously perched Camp 2 were the most popular when shared on social media,’ Jackson told us. 

You don’t bloody say!

Jackson’s written about his experience climbing Ama Dablam on his website, so we’ll let the photos do the talking here.


Mount Manaslu

‘As far as I believe, this was the first time anyone has ever successfully flown a drone from the summit of Manaslu, which ended a years’-long controversy about the true and false summit,’ Jackson said.

Read up about summiting Mount Manaslu at Jackson’s website.


Big ups to Jackson Groves for sharing these mind-blowing photos with us.

You can check out Jackson’s work at his website, Journey Era.