The Three Peaks – The Lazy Way

Three Peaks Whalania Creek Campsite

The Three Peaks in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia has been spoken of in hushed and reverent terms by bushwalkers for many decades. There are many stories (tall and true) about the epic feats of physical fitness and mental toughness that is needed to undertake the challenge under the classic trip guidelines. In a nutshell, a hiker must make their way over 90kms with close to 5,000 metres of … [Read more...]

Hiking with Kids

Family hike in the Blue Mountains [Pic: Linda Anderson]

[Guest Post : Mums on the Go] When I attended last year's ProBlogger conference it was a whole new world for me. As with all things new, it's always nice to see a touchpoint - something of the familiar - in a completely foreign environment. I found that familiar something with the lovely Linda Anderson from Mums on the Go. I was fascinated how such an adventurous soul managed through the changes … [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...]

Easy Hiking Food for Overnight Trips (That’s lightweight too!)

Enjoying the view from Mt Solitary whilst the billy boils.

I'm still staggered by the number of people who say that planning and organising food is the issue that stops them from doing overnight hikes. There's really no reason these days for using that excuse and my suspicion is that if you're still using it, then the real issue isn't to do with the food, but something else. (Ouch!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3nx4kebyvM I've already done … [Read more...]

Where’s your hiking home?

3 Sisters and Mt Solitary, Blue Mountains, Australia

Following on from last week's post about living in small spaces, I've been thinking about where I feel most at home. I've always said, that 'home should be your refuge'. It's the place where you can go and shut the door, relax, truly be yourself and be at peace. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDm_H1WUoOo I kinda feel like I've got two homes... one indoors and one outdoors. I know I do … [Read more...]

Leeches – That slimy, slippery, itchy, sinking feeling

Leeches? Just smile and get over it.

Can you feel it? Nah, you probably can't. If you're anything like me, sometimes the first thing you feel is the damp trousers against your calf as your blue blood oozes, unrestrained, into the fresh wilderness air. Last Monday, Australia Day (Invasion Day), I set out to walk a historic, somewhat invisible, track in the Blue Mountains. Although the day started grey, it wasn't long before the … [Read more...]

Six Foot Track Project Launch!

Guess who on the bridge?

Ok, so you know how they always say, 'Never start with an apology - it's too negative.'? Well, here I am breaking with tradition because for the last couple of weeks, I've taken leave of my blogging senses to concentrate on a very exciting new project that is launching this week! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wtaGaUdl8 For the past year, I've been working with the fabulous Matt … [Read more...]

Hiking Food : Dehydrating Hummus

Staples in my pantry

Of all the meals that I plan for the bush, the one that I always struggle to feel inspired by is lunch. For the times when I've been busy in the week and can't be bothered to plan too hard, I'll go for my 'standard' of a small foil packet of salmon or tuna, some rice crackers and cheese. After 10 years, this gets pretty boring, especially if you're on an extended walk of 4 days or … [Read more...]

Hello Macpac!

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Who doesn't love outdoor gear, eh? Until social media came along, I didn't know that anything could be more addictive, time consuming (or dangerous to the credit card!) than wandering through an outdoors store. Since falling in love with wild places I've accumulated quite a bit of stuff, but when I was just getting started, I was simply looking for advice to get through the gopple-de-gook of … [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...]