Hot Ideas for Cold Feet

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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 legs, kind of cold. Even though the rest of me was warm, for some reason I just couldn't get my tootsies to be toasty. After a few experiments and … [Read more...]

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

Angelina's Famous Co-ordinates

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 exist. http://youtu.be/ztzNh4bzL_M?list=UU885b3fcSEShQdz6-v8KwLg Numbers help us define things and in a world where things seem out of control and in chaos, numbers bring order and … [Read more...]

Hiking Huts with Style

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I'm all about encouraging people to get into hiking and spending nights in wild places. However, the fact is, that not everyone likes the idea of spending it in a tent, under a fly or even under the stars and for many folk, a hut based experience is as far as they're ever going to go in getting into the great outdoors. For those of us who are comfy under fly, I think that it's important we … [Read more...]

5 Bits of Hiking Gear That Make Life Easier

Hiking Gear to Make Life Easier - Foldable Lightweight backpacks

Hiking Gear Tip# 5 - Lightweight Stowable Day Pack   It's been a massive Easter/Anzac Day hiking period for me. Over the last 10 days, I've spent 7 in the great Aussie bush, firstly in Morton National Park and then Kanangra-Boyd National Park. After these (almost) back to back trips, I've come to appreciate a few key bits of hiking gear in my kit that I describe as my little … [Read more...]

Coming Soon – Brand New Hiking How-To Videos and New Look Blog!

Caro Ryan Lotsafreshair.com at Butterbox Grose Valley Blue Mountains

Yay! I'm so excited!! You know how they say that change is as good as a holiday? Well, I guess I'm about to feel as though I've had one big holiday, because there's a whole lot of 'change' coming very soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCgO4McLv78 If you follow the @Lotsafreshair Instagram or Twitter, you might have seen me and the crew oot n' aboot (a loving nod to my Canadian friends) … [Read more...]

Tents as Tiny Houses

Tents as tiny houses

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...]

Mt Paralyser and other names that inspire fear

Dunphy Gangerang Map

When looking over the topographic maps for the southern parts of the Blue Mountains, especially the Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness area, a virgin navigator would be forgiven for never wanting to step foot in this part of the world, due to the array of fear inducing, high blood-pressure invoking place names. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u5wXYfGvNE&w=640&h=360 After putting off tackling … [Read more...]

How to Convert a Tent to Fly-only

Easton Kilo 2P tent setup as Fly Only

I really wanted to call this post, 'How to Pimp Your Tent', but seeing as there's no fluffy dice, disco balls or shagpile carpet involved, I think How to Convert a Tent is slightly more appropriate. There are different kinds of lightweight hikers out there. I sit somewhere in the middle between hard-core Cuban Fibre or Tyvek purists and traditional 'smart' packing for … [Read more...]

Six Foot Track Project Launch!

Guess who on the bridge?

Ok, so you know how they always say, 'Never start with an apology - it's too negative.'? Well, here I am breaking with tradition because for the last couple of weeks, I've taken leave of my blogging senses to concentrate on a very exciting new project that is launching this week! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wtaGaUdl8 For the past year, I've been working with the fabulous Matt … [Read more...]

Gear Review – Macpac Tasman 45

Easy to see/feel how much water you've got left with the Hydration pack hidden inside the harness

Manufacturer:  Macpac Product:   Tasman 45 Link:  Macpac Product Info Empty Weight: 1.1kg (size 2) RRP: AUD$299 Test Packed Weight: 13kgs (incl 2 litres water) Test Date: 4-6 October 2013 Location: Ettrema Wilderness, Morton National Park, NSW, Australia Terrain:  Everything! Firetrail, tracks, off-track scrub (light to extreme including Hakea and Banksia) rock scrambling, … [Read more...]