Hiking for Fitness and Weightloss

Sept 2014 - Jumping for joy on the Larapinta Track. West McDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia.

If there's one blog post that I've been putting off writing, it's this one. It probably sounds strange, but as someone who has had a lifelong battle with their weight, to start talking about fitness and weightloss in such a public space as this, makes me feel pretty vulnerable and exposed. You see, if you never knew me in my childhood, through those awkward teenage years and into my … [Read more...]

How does wilderness make you feel?

How Wilderness makes me feel (Mt Feathertop, Victorian High Country, Australia).

If you found your way to this humble wee blog, I'm gonna kick off by guessing that we share something in common. It's something that I struggle to put words to sometimes, so it's not uncommon for me to throw my hands up in surrender and bundle it into the wonderful word that is, "unwordable". Sure, there are words in my language that go some way to explain some of the feelings, like the … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]