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...]

Hiking on the Gold Coast… Really?

Never too old for roller coasters!

It's fair to say that there are different types of hikers out there and that the outdoors is a very subjective place. What is one person's Everest, is another's anthill. For those of us who venture out weekly and find that the weight of an overnight pack on our backs brings a comforting sense of home, it can be easy to forget what it's like for the rest of the population. For all those … [Read more...]

How to Wash a Down Jacket

My first down jacket!

When I started this bloggy thing, I never expected it to be a place where I bared my soul. But I've made a few confessions here that most ladies wouldn't share amongst friends, let alone strangers. But you know how they say, 'confession is good for the soul'? Well, here goes another one: I bought my first down jacket about two years ago on a ski trip to gorgeous Queenstown in New … [Read more...]

Dinner in a Bag!

Not designed for cook-in-bag

I've always been pretty fond of the cook-in-the-bag concept out in the bush. Besides doing away with the washing up, it's another reason not to take a plate/bowl with you, reducing the bulk and weight in your backpack. Our fabulous Kiwi cousins at Backcountry pretty much have this concept sewn up with their tasty freeze dried meals (I totally rate the Roast Lamb and Beef Curry!). In fact, I … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Using a Dehydrator to make tasty hiking food!

Broccoli keeps it's colour if it's blanched first!

One of the questions I get asked most is what do I eat in the bush? It might also explain why my Basic Food for Hiking Video is the 2nd most popular on the channel. Us hikers love our food! With all that fresh air and exercise, we sure build up healthy appetites and I'm not convinced that all of it is about ensuring correct nutrition (see A Little Tipple in the Bush). So how do we guarantee … [Read more...]

Lightweight Dental Hygiene

Tim and his weight reduced toothbrush

I've always thought that the concept of cutting off your toothbrush handle to reduce space and weight in your pack was either a joke, or a bit of an urban myth. However, as you can see from this shot taken in the Grose Valley last weekend, my mate Dr Tim has proven that it is in fact, a reality. There are downsides however, as he reports that it's actually quite tricky to clean your teeth … [Read more...]