Larapinta Trail

Larapinta Trail – Part 2

In part one of my Larapinta Trail journey, I caught my first glimpse of Mt Sonder, took in breathtaking views from Counts Point and submerged myself in the icy waters of Ormiston Gorge. Each of us … [Read More]

Sydney's main water supply, Lake Burragorang

How to treat drinking water

Living here in Australia, a country that is ironically surrounded by water, with a bloody great desert in the middle and frequently parched by drought, I now take it for granted that I need to carry a … [Read More ]

GPS Data shows the profile of the trip. Source: Frances Bottrell.

The three peaks – conclusion

The three peaks (the lazy way) continues... the final slog As we crept into our tightly sealed sleeping bags (just in case snakey realised he left something behind), inches from the babbling brook of Kanangra Creek, we all tried to sleep with the … [Read More]

Barrington Tops National Park, NSW
Notorious for needing to waterproof your pack!

How to roll a rain jacket

You know those How-To videos you find that seem to fall into the bleeding obvious category? How to Wash Dishes with (believe it or not) over 855,000 views? Well, in some way, I feel this one falls into that category, but I hope that you'll pardon … [Read More]

Empress Canyon

Canyon Safety and Code of Ethics

There's something about sliding into a canyon and feeling it's ancient green embrace that makes me feel like Frodo. As the walls climb higher around me and the water calls me forward to join it tumbling over boulders, sliding down ropes and … [Read More]

Australian Defence Force Ratpack "C"

Australian Defence Force Ratpack MRE – Taste Test

A little while back, I did a product review on the Strive Foods 24hr Ration Pack and after reading it, a wonderful member of the Lotsafreshair community, aka 'Secret Squirrel', sent me an Australian Defence Force Ratpack MRE (type C) to also try … [Read More]

Remarkable Rocks

Wishlist of the Week – Kangaroo Island

Growing up in the eastern states of Australia meant that most of my childhood holidays were taken as road-trips around NSW and QLD. It wasn't until I was over 18 that I found my way over to South Australia for the first time... Hmmm... now I'm sure … [Read More]

Counts Point Boots

Larapinta Trail – Part 1

I talk a lot about wishlists. My mental list of adventures that one day, I hope to tick off. But it’s more than just ticking a box and being all task oriented about life. It’s about being able to bring these places into my own story and experience … [Read More]

Galong Creek

Galong Creek – Megalong Valley

I heard a whisper about a place called Galong Creek back in 2008 and since then, I’ve always wanted to go. Finally, I got there recently and it was worth the wait! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bct7nNpJ8wI If you’re a regular visitor to the … [Read More]

Mt Guouogang Three Peaks

Kanangra Creek to Kanangra Creek (via 1000m up/down)

The three peaks (the lazy way) continues... The 3 day, "three peaks (the lazy way)", adventure continues in this video, which shows the lengths (and heights!) I go to, to try and visit all three of the Blue Mountains 3 peaks, in the easiest route … [Read More]

Clothes for Hiking

Clothes for Hiking

I have this thing for outdoor retailers. I know I'm not alone. Like your annoying Facebook friend (we all have one) who’s mesmerised by the colours of Candy Crush and keeps sending you invites, I too am drawn to the bright colours of outdoors shops … [Read More]

Delicious, quick, easy and around 110 calories each

Trailmix Scroggin Cookies

I've always got a handful or two of scroggin in my pack, along with muesli bars as snacks when I'm hiking. Then I came across this recipe from the lovely folk at Mediterranean Market in Queenstown, NZ for Scroggin Cookies (ie. Biscuits) and thought … [Read More]