Macpac Sololight Tent Gear Review

Macpac Sololight Tent

I can vividly remember the first meeting I had with the boss of Macpac as I signed on to become one of their brand ambassadors. As I casually dropped into the conversation that, 'not all of my gear is Macpac', he quickly responded with, "Why not?" https://youtu.be/PX4IbvcVWHY That conversation was over 18 months ago now, but I still remember explaining to him that although their Microlight … [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...]

Clothes for Hiking

Clothes for Hiking

I have this thing for outdoor retailers. I know I'm not alone. Like your annoying Facebook friend (we all have one) who’s mesmerised by the colours of Candy Crush and keeps sending you invites, I too am drawn to the bright colours of outdoors shops and when it comes to finding the right clothes for hiking, it's inevitable that we will all be drawn to these Meccas at one time or … [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...]

Mt Paralyser and other names that inspire fear

Dunphy Gangerang Map

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...]