What’s Your Excuse?

When I started this whole bushwalking/hiking thing about 13 years ago, I was astounded at how unfit I was. If you'd asked me to fill out a form that included a question about my fitness, e.g.: unfit / average / fit / marathon fit, I thought I was average, possibly even average-fit. As a desk junkie during the week, I still managed to get out and walk the suburbs regularly, could happily walk … [Read more...]

How To Light a Camp Fire

If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'll know that I'm a fan of the saying, 'there's many ways to skin a cat.' This couldn't be more true than when it comes to lighting a campfire and I've seen many different methods used over the years. When choosing your particular skinning method however, the two important things to bear in mind are going to … [Read more...]

Bushwalking/Hiking Etiquette or How to make friends in the Bush (The Unofficial List!)

Group walk down Ironmonger

So, here's my tips for creating a bunch of happy campers aka The UNOFFICIAL list of Bushwalking or Hiking Etiquette: Don't be late: For the leader who has planned out the walk, they may have calculated times for all sorts of things, including returning to cars/making camp by sunset or witnessing the once annual mating call of the Southern Yellow Crested Tit* that can only be heard when facing … [Read more...]

Wilderness Camping Etiquette or How to win friends in the bush! (The Official List)

dex fire

I remember when I went on my first trip with the Sydney Bushwalkers Club, (an adventure down the full length of Ettrema Creek from Bullfrog Creek to Coolendel in 4 days... um, make that 5) I was so exhausted upon reaching camp on the first night, that my only thought was being horizontal. If someone had mentioned 'jobs' or 'chores' to me, I would've used a few choice four letter words in their … [Read more...]