What to Pack for a Day Hike

What to Pack for Day Hike. Royal National Park (Australia's First National Park) South of Sydney

There's nothing quite like that feeling you get from stepping off the pavement, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and venturing out into the wilderness. The fact is, we all lead busy lives so for many of us, going out for a short bushwalk or day hike is all that we can manage. In this post I'm giving you a sneak peek inside my backpack (yes, inside a girl's handbag!) to help you … [Read more...]

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...]

Hiking Food Review : Strive Food 24hr Ration Pack

Veggie Laksa Cooking up a treat.

Following on from last week's post on Easy Hiking food for Overnight Trips, I was sent some product by the nice folk down in Tassie from Strive Food. I was interested to read that this small, Aussie business has grown from Todd and Melanie's basement in Hobart and from their expertise as a nutritionist (Melanie) and Outdoor Ed Instructor (Todd). What a winning combo! For people who are … [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...]

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

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...]

How Places get their Names

Brian, not to be out foxed! (Pic: Brian Graetz)

I love maps. As a young kid, I used to lie on the lounge room floor and plan imaginary trips across the vast continent of Australia. In the internal conversation (that only makes sense to an 8 year old), I was an intrepid explorer, explaining the route to a curious journalist about a far flung adventure to link up curious names on the map of my homeland. These days, the picture is still … [Read more...]

Mt Paralyser and other names that inspire fear

One of my favourite sketch maps - the wonderful Dunphy Maps

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...]