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Caro Ryan Lotsafreshair.com at Butterbox Grose Valley Blue Mountains

Yay! I'm so excited!! You know how they say that change is as good as a holiday? Well, I guess I'm about to feel as though I've had one big holiday, because there's a whole lot of 'change' coming very soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCgO4McLv78 If you follow the @Lotsafreshair Instagram or Twitter, you might have seen me and the crew oot n' aboot (a loving nod to my Canadian friends) … [Read more...]

Tents as Tiny Houses

Definition Deliberate

Up until a week ago, I'd never heard the term, Tiny House. That was until I read this blog post by Wild and Scruffy, who writes one of my favourite blogs. On the surface, she doesn't seem to have anything in common with me. For one, she is married with kids, but that doesn't make her a Mummy Blogger; She takes nice photos, but that doesn't make her a photographic blogger; she writes about … [Read more...]

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...]

Gear Review – Macpac Tasman 45

Easy to see/feel how much water you've got left with the Hydration pack hidden inside the harness

Manufacturer:  Macpac Product:   Tasman 45 Link:  Macpac Product Info Empty Weight: 1.1kg (size 2) RRP: AUD$299 Test Packed Weight: 13kgs (incl 2 litres water) Test Date: 4-6 October 2013 Location: Ettrema Wilderness, Morton National Park, NSW, Australia Terrain:  Everything! Firetrail, tracks, off-track scrub (light to extreme including Hakea and Banksia) rock scrambling, … [Read more...]

Carrier Carry-on to avoid being Carrion

Optus and Telstra - Hedge your bets!

Wikipedia states that Wilderness is: "... a natural environment on Earth that has not been significantly modified by human activity. It may also be defined as: "The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet—those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure." One of the wonderful things … [Read more...]

Adventure: Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness

Farewell Kanangra... until next time.

A Big Sky Place It would really suck to suffer from vertigo. And I don't mean watching Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak run amok in San Francisco only to discover the DVD is missing the last 10 minutes. I'm talking about having an unhealthy urge to throw oneself off of cliffs when it has nothing to do with mental health or abseiling. Thankfully, neither myself nor my 5 other intrepid … [Read more...]

Adventure: Trip Reports

Huayhuash Circuit - Day 9

When I started this blog thingy, I didn't really know what people wanted to see. To be honest, I've been a wee bit surprised when digging around in the background and seeing which posts turned out to be the most popular! Surprise, surprise. You lot quite enjoy reading trip reports. Really? Huh. So I've decided to start posting rants and raves about my various outdoorsy adventures... and as I … [Read more...]

Food for Overnight Bushwalks

I have a confession to make... ...Cauliflower. In fact, half a fresh cauliflower. That's just under half a kilo of vegetable. It was October 1999 and that half a kilo of tasty veg was sitting at the top of my backpack, whilst my cousin shouldered an equal amount of fresh broccoli. We had set off from Katoomba station to start a 5 day (132km) walk to Mittagong in the New South Wales Southern … [Read more...]