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 … [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 … [Read More ]

Sept 2014 - Jumping for joy on the Larapinta Track. West McDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia.

Hiking for Fitness and Weightloss

If there's one blog post that I've been putting off writing, it's this one. It probably sounds strange, but as someone who has had a lifelong battle with their weight, to start talking about fitness and weightloss in such a public space as this, … [Read More]

How Wilderness makes me feel (Mt Feathertop, Victorian High Country, Australia).

How does wilderness make you feel?

If you found your way to this humble wee blog, I'm gonna kick off by guessing that we share something in common. It's something that I struggle to put words to sometimes, so it's not uncommon for me to throw my hands up in surrender and bundle … [Read More]

Rosemary on Timms Lookout.jpg

Hot Ideas for Cold Feet

There's something wonderful about snuggling down into your sleeping bag at the end of an active day on the track. But for ages I used to struggle with cold feet keeping me awake. I'm talking numb, aching ice-blocks attached to the end of my … [Read More]

Angelina's Famous Co-ordinates

How to find Latitude Longitude Co-ordinates from a Topographic Map

Any mathematician, engineer or architect will tell you that numbers are beautiful. There's something pure, absolute and precise about them. There's also something staggering about the infinite way they just … [Read More]

Looking down Ettrema Gorge

Ettrema Gorge Adventure

Easter in Australia can be celebrated in many ways. I mean, let's think about it, any time you get four days off in a row is something to celebrate. For me, one of the best ways I've celebrated Easter was this year, when I set out for Ettrema Gorge … [Read More]

Shoe Laces

Hiking Tip: Shoelaces

Now even though I've proved myself a bit of a fan when it comes to having a good excuse to stop and catch my breath on the track, I'm even more of a fan of finding ways to deal with annoying little things that happen when hiking, namely... having … [Read More]

Lightweight Hiking Drying Wet Wipes

Lightweight Hiking Tip: 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' … [Read More]

Closed Cell Foam Matt has multiple uses

5 Bits of Hiking Gear that Make Life Easier

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 … [Read More]

Mt Kosciuszko - Australia's highest mountain

Mt Kosciuszko – Australia’s Highest Mountain

From the DRUANTH (Down-Right-Un-Australian-Not-To-Have) list comes yet another admission from yours truly. Although not strictly on my list as way back in my childhood, back when it was possible to drive from Charlotte Pass to Rawson Pass (up until … [Read More]

Family hike in the Blue Mountains [Pic: Linda Anderson]

Hiking with Kids

[Guest Post : Mums on the Go] When I attended last year's ProBlogger conference it was a whole new world for me. As with all things new, it's always nice to see a touchpoint - something of the familiar - in a completely foreign environment. I found … [Read More]