3 days on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Let's kick things off by repeating the often heard comment about Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia, from those who've been there. "It's actually really big." So once you get your head around the fact that it will take you around 2.5hrs to drive across the island from the east (where the ferry connects) to the west, you'll realise that there really isn't another option for a … [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...]

Join My Team and Walk in Her Shoes

CARE Australia Walk in her shoes

It's no secret that I love to walk. Whether it be to the office in the morning, to the pub across the road or over a mountain on a weekend, however I do it by choice. http://youtu.be/lYilZViqcpw All over the world, there are women and young girls who spend their days walking not for enjoyment, but as a matter of their survival. When I'm on overnight or extended hikes, I try and camp … [Read more...]

Larapinta Trail – Part 2

Larapinta Trail

In part one of my Larapinta Trail journey, I caught my first glimpse of Mt Sonder, took in breathtaking views from Counts Point and submerged myself in the icy waters of Ormiston Gorge. Each of us were finding our own pace within the group and slowly, the dust and stresses of our city lives began falling off us as the red dirt and sand of the MacDonnell Ranges National Park sunk deeper into our … [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...]

The three peaks – conclusion

GPS Data shows the profile of the trip. Source: Frances Bottrell.

The three peaks (the lazy way) continues... the final slog As we crept into our tightly sealed sleeping bags (just in case snakey realised he left something behind), inches from the babbling brook of Kanangra Creek, we all tried to sleep with the knowledge that our bloody leader was going to wake us up at 5am to get going. Oh, hang on... that was me. As my alarm went off after what felt like only … [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...]

Australian Defence Force Ratpack MRE – Taste Test

Australian Defence Force Ratpack "C"

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 Defence Force Ratpack MRE (type C) to also try out. This was an insight into a part of the world that I've never really had anything to do with - the military - well, except that one time I flew … [Read more...]

Larapinta Trail – Part 1

Counts Point Boots

I talk a lot about wishlists. My mental list of adventures that one day, I hope to tick off. But it’s more than just ticking a box and being all task oriented about life. It’s about being able to bring these places into my own story and experience other people’s stories within it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuW1zIUsY0 Ever since I did a 12 day hike in Kakadu National Park a few years … [Read more...]