Pack Weight Saving Tip: Sunscreen

Using a syringe to transfer sunscreen to a tiny travel bottle.

I'm always looking for ways to reduce my overall pack weight, without losing comfort or impacting personal safety. Reason being, I really want to bushwalk long into my 70s (and hopefully 80s) and want to do everything possible to protect my knees and joints! It's surprising how lots of little reductions can end up making a big impact. This week's tip is a pertinent one, as I have just … [Read more...]

Recipe for Tiramisu when hiking

Tiramisu Recipe Hiking

  Here's a completely decadent (yet dead easy) dessert, for when you've had a tough day on the track. I made it on the last day of a 6 day trip to a remote part of Western Australia and it was the perfect celebratory end to a great week exploring the Kimberley region. Ingredients Savoiardi Biscuits (aka Italian Ladyfingers) 1 per person 1 Coffee bag 1 packet Tiramisu mix … [Read more...]

How to find South with the Southern Cross

How to find south with the southern cross

Thinking back to when I made the leap from day walks to overnight walks, I remember being struck (not literally!) by the night sky. The sheer immensity of light and beauty, that danced above my head throughout the night, was one of those awe inspiring moments that even today, 15 years later,  constantly surprises me when I get up for my 2am pee. https://youtu.be/kRlCbrl9dgw I reckon the … [Read more...]

How to Pack Cheese for Hiking Lunches

How to Pack Cheese for a Hike

I reckon that one of the best things about spending time in the bush, is being able to enjoy good food out there, with amazing views and great friends. It's just like going to the best restaurant in town, only with a view and ambience that they'll never be able to compete with. When it comes to hiking lunches, I've tended to toe the food safety line and only carry processed cheese such as Laughing … [Read more...]

The Road Less Travelled – Off Trail Hiking

Hiking Bushwalking Australia

For people who've only ever walked on defined tracks and trails, the concept that there's a whole other world of exploring and adventuring out there, may come as a shock. It's the world of off trail hiking. I know it came as a shock to me when early in my bushwalking club days, I signed up for a day walk that in the description said, "includes 1km rough off-track section". I honestly didn't … [Read more...]

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...]