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 Tip: Shoelaces

Shoe Laces

Now even though I've proved myself a bit of a fan when it comes to having a good excuse to stop and catch my breath on the track, I'm even more of a fan of finding ways to deal with annoying little things that happen when hiking, namely... having your shoelaces continually come undone. Trust me, I'd tried everything! Double knot, triple knot and even the running shoe technique of lock laces*. … [Read more...]

Lightweight Hiking Tip: Drying Wet Wipes

Lightweight Hiking Drying Wet Wipes

It goes without saying that if you want to enjoy your time walking or trekking to wild places, then getting into lightweight hiking gear is going to be one of your top priorities. Now if the whole concept of lightweight walking or even 'ultra' lightweight walking is all news to you, then this post is going to be a bit of an eye opener. Yes, there is a whole sub-culture of hikers who … [Read more...]

5 Bits of Hiking Gear that Make Life Easier

Closed Cell Foam Matt has multiple uses

Hiking Gear Tip #4 - Piece of Closed Cell Foam Mat aka "Foamie" A very wise person once told me that everything in your pack should have more than one use. Well, I reckon it would be hard to find something in my backpack that has more uses than my humble foamie. Ah yes, with all the developments in sleeping mats over the years, the poor old foamie (CCF - Closed Cell Foam Mat) has copped a bit … [Read more...]

Hiking with Kids

Family hike in the Blue Mountains [Pic: Linda Anderson]

[Guest Post : Mums on the Go] When I attended last year's ProBlogger conference it was a whole new world for me. As with all things new, it's always nice to see a touchpoint - something of the familiar - in a completely foreign environment. I found that familiar something with the lovely Linda Anderson from Mums on the Go. I was fascinated how such an adventurous soul managed through the changes … [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...]

How to Adjust a Backpack

How to adjust a backpack

One of the things I really wish I knew in my first year of bushwalking/hiking was How to Adjust a Backpack. http://youtu.be/t7KOsgJrSmI For some reason, I had it in my head that the way the shop assistant had fitted the pack to me, was fixed in cement and I needed to protect and preserve these settings at all costs. I didn't realise that adjusting my pack was something that should be done … [Read more...]

Dehydrated Dips on a Hike – Field Tip

Yummy happy campers

Just about everyone I know seems to struggle with creative ideas of what to eat for lunch on a hike, especially for multi-day hikes. After many years of experiments, I've now settled with my 'go-to' of dehydrated dips on crackers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJa67AuV9s0 The great thing about these dips is that you can rehydrate them in their own ziploc bag, then simply rip off the corner … [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...]