Hiking Poles and Nordic Walking – What’s the story?

Choose poles that are lightweight and fold away to allow for various terrain

It's been a few years since I've used hiking poles, but lately I've had a dodgy knee and have thought that they might be helpful once more. Actually, after a rather spectacular face plant whilst trail running a month ago, I've now got two of them. Dodgy knees that is. With the speed at which technology changes, I thought I'd do some research and find out what's the latest thinking around poles, … [Read more...]

Easy Hiking Food for Overnight Trips (That’s lightweight too!)

Enjoying the view from Mt Solitary whilst the billy boils.

I'm still staggered by the number of people who say that planning and organising food is the issue that stops them from doing overnight hikes. There's really no reason these days for using that excuse and my suspicion is that if you're still using it, then the real issue isn't to do with the food, but something else. (Ouch!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3nx4kebyvM I've already done … [Read more...]

Tents as Tiny Houses

Definition Deliberate

Up until a week ago, I'd never heard the term, Tiny House. That was until I read this blog post by Wild and Scruffy, who writes one of my favourite blogs. On the surface, she doesn't seem to have anything in common with me. For one, she is married with kids, but that doesn't make her a Mummy Blogger; She takes nice photos, but that doesn't make her a photographic blogger; she writes about … [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...]

Hiking on the Gold Coast… Really?

Never too old for roller coasters!

It's fair to say that there are different types of hikers out there and that the outdoors is a very subjective place. What is one person's Everest, is another's anthill. For those of us who venture out weekly and find that the weight of an overnight pack on our backs brings a comforting sense of home, it can be easy to forget what it's like for the rest of the population. For all those … [Read more...]

What’s Your Excuse?

When I started this whole bushwalking/hiking thing about 13 years ago, I was astounded at how unfit I was. If you'd asked me to fill out a form that included a question about my fitness, e.g.: unfit / average / fit / marathon fit, I thought I was average, possibly even average-fit. As a desk junkie during the week, I still managed to get out and walk the suburbs regularly, could happily walk … [Read more...]

Backcountry Bakery

Straight out of the bag!

This week we say g'day to Matt McClelland*, who has kindly contributed this tasty guest post!I love good food when walking.Actually, I love good food anytime and fresh bread is my favourite. Years ago I used to carry one of those stove top oven things - they weigh a ton and use a loooooot of fuel - now a plastic bag does the trick. It all started with muffins. When I said, 'I love good food', … [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...]

The Point of No Return

Only 500m to decision time

It goes without saying that at some time in our outdoors life, we will all have to deal with injury of one type or another. If you're lucky, it won't happen on a trip, requiring a rescue, however one of the issues that many of us have to face over time is over-use or recurrent niggles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWI-i0MzWWI Over the last month or so, I had been fighting a dodgy knee. … [Read more...]

My favourite loo

All too often our local councils get the rough end of the pineapple when it comes to people's opinions on the services that they do / do not deliver. But right here, I'm going to give a massive shout out to the Blue Mountains City Council for their loos behind the Ivanhoe Hotel in Blackheath. It's not that they're super clean or anything like that, it's simply basic facilities that provide one … [Read more...]