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...]

How To Light a Camp Fire

How to light a camp fire

If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'll know that I'm a fan of the saying, 'there's many ways to skin a cat.' This couldn't be more true than when it comes to lighting a campfire and I've seen many different methods used over the years. When choosing your particular skinning method however, the two important things to bear in mind are going to … [Read more...]

(Not so*) Secret Women’s Business

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How shall I put this? Spade a spade. Shovel a shovel. One of the tricky issues I had when I first started bushwalking, was figuring out exactly what to do with, well, the issue. OK, periods. Freakin’, bloody periods. Or as the horn-rimmed glassed ladies in the 1950s school education videos would pronounce, “men-stroo-ay-shun”. When I joined my fabulous bush walking club around 1999, the … [Read more...]

Bushwalking/Hiking Etiquette or How to make friends in the Bush (The Unofficial List!)

Group walk down Ironmonger

So, here's my tips for creating a bunch of happy campers aka The UNOFFICIAL list of Bushwalking or Hiking Etiquette: Don't be late: For the leader who has planned out the walk, they may have calculated times for all sorts of things, including returning to cars/making camp by sunset or witnessing the once annual mating call of the Southern Yellow Crested Tit* that can only be heard when facing … [Read more...]

Polar Opposites – When Compasses Go Bad

Which one of these is not like the other one?

I'm one of those lucky people who has an in-built compass that most times just knows instinctively which way is North. I think I got it from my Dad, as opposed to my Mum who was from the 'turn-the-street-directory [remember those?] around-until-it makes-sense-and-then-stop-to-ask-for-directions', school of navigation. So it was no surprise that on last weekend's trip to the beautiful Coxs River, … [Read more...]