Rab Women’s Neo Rain Jacket Review

Rab Womens Jacket

When I got approached by Cotswold Outdoor last year to do a gear review for them I was a bit curious, because as an Aussie, I was wondering why they'd want me to take a look at a product from the UK. https://youtu.be/-JFu6zcQm0Y Well, as everyone knows, the old Interweb and FaceTube not only makes the world a very small place, but opens up our eyes and wallets to markets and products that we … [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...]

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...]

How to adjust a backpack for hills

The start of the overnighter trip to the main range. All smiles at the base of  with a 550m ascent ahead of us, maybe not so many ikea at the top.

Gravity is a bitch... just ask a rock climber. But in the same way that good climbers learn to compensate or lessen the effects of Newton's fabulous law, so too can hikers and backpackers learn to adjust a backpack to help with hills. It's really pretty simple. https://youtu.be/PacjgdoGPac By using your main shoulder straps and your load lifter top shoulder straps, you simply adjust … [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...]

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...]

Clothes for Hiking

Clothes for Hiking

I have this thing for outdoor retailers. I know I'm not alone. Like your annoying Facebook friend (we all have one) who’s mesmerised by the colours of Candy Crush and keeps sending you invites, I too am drawn to the bright colours of outdoors shops and when it comes to finding the right clothes for hiking, it's inevitable that we will all be drawn to these Meccas at one time or … [Read more...]

Tips for Hiking Safely

BWRS - Training with Police Rescue and other squads

How not to be another missing bushwalker! Here in Australia, we've jumped head-first into Spring time which means that not only are the wildflowers coming out in abundance in our National Parks, but so too are hikers, that's bushwalkers to us Aussies! Therefore, it seems like a good time to cover off some of the basic preparation that everyone should do before heading out on an adventure, to … [Read more...]

Yellowbrick Satellite Tracking Device Road Test

Yellowbrick

This is a sponsored Post. What does that mean? Essentially, select organisations can buy my time to test and share my opinion... but they can't buy my opinion! It's inevitable, when looking at safety devices for outdoor adventures to compare the various options available, of which there are several on the market. Personally, I've always carried a PLB (GME 406MHZ), but with the advances in … [Read more...]

Hot Ideas for Cold Feet

Rosemary on Timms Lookout.jpg

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...]