Walking Kangaroo Island – The Video!

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I recently posted about my fun trip hiking on South Australia's Kangaroo Island, but it's taken a while for me to get around to editing the video! Well, wait no more... here is part 1 of my walking Kangaroo Island video, starring my fabulous buddies Frances, Lisa and Marcia, as we take on the challenge to walk every tourist walking trail in the western part of the island in 3 days. I hope you … [Read more...]

Pack Weight Saving Tip: Sunscreen

Using a syringe to transfer sunscreen to a tiny travel bottle.

I'm always looking for ways to reduce my overall pack weight, without losing comfort or impacting personal safety. Reason being, I really want to bushwalk long into my 70s (and hopefully 80s) and want to do everything possible to protect my knees and joints! It's surprising how lots of little reductions can end up making a big impact. This week's tip is a pertinent one, as I have just … [Read more...]

Recipe for Tiramisu when hiking

Tiramisu Recipe Hiking

  Here's a completely decadent (yet dead easy) dessert, for when you've had a tough day on the track. I made it on the last day of a 6 day trip to a remote part of Western Australia and it was the perfect celebratory end to a great week exploring the Kimberley region. Ingredients Savoiardi Biscuits (aka Italian Ladyfingers) 1 per person 1 Coffee bag 1 packet Tiramisu mix … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Beer in the Bush

Beer in the Bush

Roadtest: Pat's Backcountry Beverages How many times have you finished a tough day's hiking (or bushwalking!), pitched your tent, put the billy on and thought... 'Geez, I wish I had a cold beer.'?  If only I could brew a beer in the bush or that fairly normal looking Blue Gum suddenly became the Magic Faraway Tree and Enid Blytoned me a nice, cold Little Creatures or 4 Pines... or two. Well, … [Read more...]

Larapinta Trail – Part 3

Larapinta Trail

The West MacDonnell Ranges National Park and the Larapinta Trail are one of those places that gets under your skin. It's big country, deep country and although seemingly rugged and parched, contains hidden waterholes like jewelled treasures dotted throughout. I was only there for 6 days on a highlights trip (the first and second on earlier blog posts), but if you're up to it, you can spend a whole … [Read more...]

Shooting Landscape Photographs

Blue Mountains Photography

... and why I'll never be happy with these photos A couple of months ago, I decided to run a weekend photography walk in the Blue Mountains for my bushwalking club. Due to the normal pace and style of our club's trips, there's never usually any time to take photos other than quick snaps with a point and shoot. However, I wanted to stop, take my time and really work through some camera … [Read more...]

Macpac Sololight Tent Gear Review

Macpac Sololight Tent

I can vividly remember the first meeting I had with the boss of Macpac as I signed on to become one of their brand ambassadors. As I casually dropped into the conversation that, 'not all of my gear is Macpac', he quickly responded with, "Why not?" https://youtu.be/PX4IbvcVWHY That conversation was over 18 months ago now, but I still remember explaining to him that although their Microlight … [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...]