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 … [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 … [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]

Kangaroo Island

3 days on Kangaroo Island

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]

Views for miles and soul drenching fresh air... hiking bushwalking Sydney Australia RoyalNationalPark CoastalTrack walking beaches SydneyBushwalkersClub Microadventure

How to deal with periods when hiking

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]

CARE Australia Walk in her shoes

Join My Team and Walk in Her Shoes

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. http://youtu.be/lYilZViqcpw All over the world, there are women and young … [Read More]

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 were finding our own pace within the group and … [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 good amount of drinking water on hikes … [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]