My name is Luen Warneke. I have been living in Townsville for most of my life. Townsville is in Northern Queensland, which is situated along the east coast of Australia, mid-way along the Great Barrier Reef but also nestled beside various stunning mountain ranges. For the past several years, I have been writing articles for the Wanderstories website. Wanderstories documents Townsville's - and the rest of Queensland's and the world's - natural landscapes (e.g., waterfalls, lookouts, mountains, etc.) and associated adventures (e.g., hiking, canyoning, climbing, etc.) as well as adventure travel.
I am also a contributor to theCrag (ranked 19th in the world, 6th is australia, and first in Queensland), OpenStreetMap, TrailForks (first in Townsville), and many other community-driven websites as Luen Warneke has spent countless hours editing and contributing to these resources.
While Wanderstories is a community and team effort, I personally have set and achieved goals over the years for first ascents and descents.
Next year, I plan to achieve many more firsts and accomplish several other challenging adventure goals.
As of October 2019, Wanderstories receives 3,500+ unique visitors and 8,000+ page views each month! Wanderstories has over 1000+ website subscribers, and 3,000+ social media followers (combined across all channels).
Luen already has numerous summits and first ascents and descents and, for the past several years, he has been curating his love of the outdoors, adventure, and tropical North Queensland (and beyond) via Wanderstories.
The first documented free ascent of the North Rock was by Madoc Sheehan and Luen Warneke in 2018.
First documented descent of Gold Creek.
First documented descent of Crystal Creek.
Launch of Townsville Adventures - Hiking, Camping, Climbing, Canyoning.
First roped descent of Ollera Creek Falls.
Launch of Wanderstories - A guide to the great outdoors and adventure travel.