How to find South with the Southern Cross

How to find south with the southern cross

Thinking back to when I made the leap from day walks to overnight walks, I remember being struck (not literally!) by the night sky. The sheer immensity of light and beauty, that danced above my head throughout the night, was one of those awe inspiring moments that even today, 15 years later,  constantly surprises me when I get up for my 2am pee. https://youtu.be/kRlCbrl9dgw I reckon the … [Read more...]

How to make a hiking stove windshield

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 to put up some sort of barrier (or hiking stove windshield) to protect the flame from being blown around. As with most hacks out there, you can … [Read more...]

How to deal with periods when hiking

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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 to know how to deal with periods when hiking and at the time, the older generation of walkers I travelled with didn't seem too keen to … [Read more...]

Tips for Hiking Safely

BWRS - Training with Police Rescue and other squads

How not to be another missing bushwalker! Here in Australia, we've jumped head-first into Spring time which means that not only are the wildflowers coming out in abundance in our National Parks, but so too are hikers, that's bushwalkers to us Aussies! Therefore, it seems like a good time to cover off some of the basic preparation that everyone should do before heading out on an adventure, to … [Read more...]

Lightweight Hiking Tip: Drying Wet Wipes

Lightweight Hiking Drying Wet Wipes

It goes without saying that if you want to enjoy your time walking or trekking to wild places, then getting into lightweight hiking gear is going to be one of your top priorities. Now if the whole concept of lightweight walking or even 'ultra' lightweight walking is all news to you, then this post is going to be a bit of an eye opener. Yes, there is a whole sub-culture of hikers who … [Read more...]

5 Bits of Hiking Gear that Make Life Easier

Closed Cell Foam Matt has multiple uses

Hiking Gear Tip #4 - Piece of Closed Cell Foam Mat aka "Foamie" A very wise person once told me that everything in your pack should have more than one use. Well, I reckon it would be hard to find something in my backpack that has more uses than my humble foamie. Ah yes, with all the developments in sleeping mats over the years, the poor old foamie (CCF - Closed Cell Foam Mat) has copped a bit … [Read more...]

Leeches – That slimy, slippery, itchy, sinking feeling

Leeches? Just smile and get over it.

Can you feel it? Nah, you probably can't. If you're anything like me, sometimes the first thing you feel is the damp trousers against your calf as your blue blood oozes, unrestrained, into the fresh wilderness air. Last Monday, Australia Day (Invasion Day), I set out to walk a historic, somewhat invisible, track in the Blue Mountains. Although the day started grey, it wasn't long before the … [Read more...]

How to Convert a Tent to Fly-only

Easton Kilo 2P tent setup as Fly Only

I really wanted to call this post, 'How to Pimp Your Tent', but seeing as there's no fluffy dice, disco balls or shagpile carpet involved, I think How to Convert a Tent is slightly more appropriate. There are different kinds of lightweight hikers out there. I sit somewhere in the middle between hard-core Cuban Fibre or Tyvek purists and traditional 'smart' packing for … [Read more...]

Carrier Carry-on to avoid being Carrion

Optus and Telstra - Hedge your bets!

Wikipedia states that Wilderness is: "... a natural environment on Earth that has not been significantly modified by human activity. It may also be defined as: "The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet—those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure." One of the wonderful things … [Read more...]

How to throw a Toe Party!

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It came as somewhat of a surprise (and shock to my sense of femininity) a couple of years ago, when I went to buy new shoes to begin training for the Oxfam Trailwalker 100km charity event. I figured that If I was going to walk almost non-stop for 100km, through day and night, regardless of weather, I wanted to make sure I was setting myself up for success, not failure with dodgy shoes, blisters … [Read more...]