Roadtest: Pat's Backcountry Beverages
How many times have you finished a tough day's hiking (or bushwalking!), pitched your tent, put the billy on and thought... 'Geez, I wish I had a cold beer.'? … [Read More]
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll now that I spend a lot of time hiking in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney and occasionally treat myself and jump further afield to discover other … [Read More ]
When I got approached by Cotswold Outdoor last year to do a gear review for them I was a bit curious, because as an Aussie, I was wondering why they'd want me to take a look at a product from the UK.
Well, as … [Read More]
The West MacDonnell Ranges National Park and the Larapinta Trail are one of those places that gets under your skin. It's big country, deep country and although seemingly rugged and parched, contains hidden waterholes like jewelled treasures dotted … [Read More]
... and why I'll never be happy with these photos
A couple of months ago, I decided to run a weekend photography walk in the Blue Mountains for my bushwalking club.
Due to the normal pace and style of our club's trips, there's never usually … [Read More]
I can vividly remember the first meeting I had with the boss of Macpac as I signed on to become one of their brand ambassadors. As I casually dropped into the conversation that, 'not all of my gear is Macpac', he quickly responded with, "Why … [Read More]
Having perfectly still wind conditions for cooking in the outdoors is a great way of saving fuel and getting your food quicker. The chances of that happening are pretty low, especially if camping in rock overhangs or on ridges. The simple solution is … [Read More]
I've been working on perfecting a simple sweet hiking food recipe for the past year or so and last weekend, I reckon I cracked it!
If you are able to ignore all that interweb spammy crap about how you should never eat bananas and have managed to … [Read More]
Gravity is a bitch... just ask a rock climber.
But in the same way that good climbers learn to compensate or lessen the effects of Newton's fabulous law, so too can hikers and backpackers learn to adjust a backpack to help with hills.
It's … [Read More]
Let's kick things off by repeating the often heard comment about Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia, from those who've been there. "It's actually really big."
So once you get your head around the fact that it will take you … [Read More]
One of the tricky issues I had when I first started hiking, was figuring out exactly what to do with, well, the "Issue". Or as the horn-rimmed glassed ladies in the 1950s school education videos would pronounce, “men-stroo-ay-shun”. I really wanted … [Read More]
It's no secret that I love to walk. Whether it be to the office in the morning, to the pub across the road or over a mountain on a weekend, however I do it by choice.
All over the world, there are women and young … [Read More]