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...]

The Road Less Travelled – Off Trail Hiking

Hiking Bushwalking Australia

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 early in my bushwalking club days, I signed up for a day walk that in the description said, "includes 1km rough off-track section". I honestly didn't … [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 adjust a backpack for hills

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.

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 really pretty simple. https://youtu.be/PacjgdoGPac By using your main shoulder straps and your load lifter top shoulder straps, you simply adjust … [Read more...]

How to deal with periods when hiking

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

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...]

How to treat drinking water

Sydney's main water supply, Lake Burragorang

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 (bushwalks) and need to know how to treat drinking water that I gather along the way. http://youtu.be/fvn9-jcHcvQ I got a surprise when I received a … [Read more...]

How to roll a rain jacket

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

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 my indulgence as a tidy person, who always used to get frustrated with my messy raincoat and wished someone would show me how to roll a rain … [Read more...]

Canyon Safety and Code of Ethics

Empress Canyon

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 committing my life to 9mm of confidence, I can't help but feel that I've entered natures cathedral, where secrets, whispers and sacred moment are … [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 and when it comes to finding the right clothes for hiking, it's inevitable that we will all be drawn to these Meccas at one time or … [Read more...]

Trailmix Scroggin Cookies

Delicious, quick, easy and around 110 calories each

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 I'd give it a whirl. I decided to change the recipe a bit to reduce the amount of sugar and they turned out a treat! Delicious, easy, quick and … [Read more...]