How to Pack Cheese for a Hike

How to Pack Cheese for Hiking Lunches

I reckon that one of the best things about spending time in the bush, is being able to enjoy good food out there, with amazing views and great friends. It's just like going to the best restaurant in … [Read More]

Give anxiety the thumb!

21 Reasons Why Walking Works

There's very few people I know who don't think about exercise and know that it's something they really should be doing more of. Is it any surprise that IMHO walking is the best exercise that you can … [Read More ]

Hiking Bushwalking Australia

The Road Less Travelled – Off Trail Hiking

For people who've only ever walked on defined tracks and trails, the concept that there's a whole other world of exploring and adventuring out there, may come as a shock. It's the world of off trail hiking. I know it came as a shock to me when … [Read More]

Beer in the Bush

Beer in the Bush

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.'?  If only I could brew a beer in the bush or that … [Read More]

Lord Howe Island

Hiking The Colours of Australia

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 great spots around Australia that offer different … [Read More]

Rab Womens Jacket

Rab Women’s Neo Rain Jacket Review

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. https://youtu.be/-JFu6zcQm0Y Well, as … [Read More]

Larapinta Trail

Larapinta Trail – Part 3

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]

Blue Mountains Photography

Shooting Landscape Photographs

... 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]

Macpac Sololight Tent

Macpac Sololight Tent Gear Review

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]

Hiking Stove Windshield

How to make a hiking stove windshield

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]

Hiking food

Hiking Food : Hot Banana Chocolate Surprise

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]

The start of the overnighter trip to the main range. All smiles at the base of  with a 550m ascent ahead of us, maybe not so many ikea at the top.

How to adjust a backpack for hills

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]