Pack Weight Saving Tip: Sunscreen

Using a syringe to transfer sunscreen to a tiny travel bottle.

I'm always looking for ways to reduce my overall pack weight, without losing comfort or impacting personal safety. Reason being, I really want to bushwalk long into my 70s (and hopefully 80s) and want to do everything possible to protect my knees and joints! It's surprising how lots of little reductions can end up making a big impact. This week's tip is a pertinent one, as I have just … [Read more...]

Recipe for Tiramisu when hiking

Tiramisu Recipe Hiking

  Here's a completely decadent (yet dead easy) dessert, for when you've had a tough day on the track. I made it on the last day of a 6 day trip to a remote part of Western Australia and it was the perfect celebratory end to a great week exploring the Kimberley region. Ingredients Savoiardi Biscuits (aka Italian Ladyfingers) 1 per person 1 Coffee bag 1 packet Tiramisu mix … [Read more...]

How to find South with the Southern Cross

How to find south with the southern cross

Thinking back to when I made the leap from day walks to overnight walks, I remember being struck (not literally!) by the night sky. The sheer immensity of light and beauty, that danced above my head throughout the night, was one of those awe inspiring moments that even today, 15 years later,  constantly surprises me when I get up for my 2am pee. https://youtu.be/kRlCbrl9dgw I reckon the … [Read more...]

How to Pack Cheese for Hiking Lunches

How to Pack Cheese for a Hike

I reckon that one of the best things about spending time in the bush, is being able to enjoy good food out there, with amazing views and great friends. It's just like going to the best restaurant in town, only with a view and ambience that they'll never be able to compete with. When it comes to hiking lunches, I've tended to toe the food safety line and only carry processed cheese such as Laughing … [Read more...]

Beer in the Bush

Beer in the Bush

Roadtest: Pat's Backcountry Beverages How many times have you finished a tough day's hiking (or bushwalking!), pitched your tent, put the billy on and thought... 'Geez, I wish I had a cold beer.'?  If only I could brew a beer in the bush or that fairly normal looking Blue Gum suddenly became the Magic Faraway Tree and Enid Blytoned me a nice, cold Little Creatures or 4 Pines... or two. Well, … [Read more...]

How to make a hiking stove windshield

Hiking Stove Windshield

Having perfectly still wind conditions for cooking in the outdoors is a great way of saving fuel and getting your food quicker. The chances of that happening are pretty low, especially if camping in rock overhangs or on ridges. The simple solution is to put up some sort of barrier (or hiking stove windshield) to protect the flame from being blown around. As with most hacks out there, you can … [Read more...]

Hiking Food : Hot Banana Chocolate Surprise

Hiking food

I've been working on perfecting a simple sweet hiking food recipe for the past year or so and last weekend, I reckon I cracked it! If you are able to ignore all that interweb spammy crap about how you should never eat bananas and have managed to perfect a way of carrying them in your backpack without going all black and mushy, then you're in for a treat. INGREDIENTS 1 Banana per … [Read more...]

The three peaks – conclusion

GPS Data shows the profile of the trip. Source: Frances Bottrell.

The three peaks (the lazy way) continues... the final slog As we crept into our tightly sealed sleeping bags (just in case snakey realised he left something behind), inches from the babbling brook of Kanangra Creek, we all tried to sleep with the knowledge that our bloody leader was going to wake us up at 5am to get going. Oh, hang on... that was me. As my alarm went off after what felt like only … [Read more...]

Kanangra Creek to Kanangra Creek (via 1000m up/down)

Mt Guouogang Three Peaks

The three peaks (the lazy way) continues... The 3 day, "three peaks (the lazy way)", adventure continues in this video, which shows the lengths (and heights!) I go to, to try and visit all three of the Blue Mountains 3 peaks, in the easiest route possible. http://youtu.be/yMW84_3MKt0 Day 2 had a fairly lazy start with Jim's excellent catch for breakfast and some downstream meanderings to … [Read more...]

Trailmix Scroggin Cookies

Delicious, quick, easy and around 110 calories each

I've always got a handful or two of scroggin in my pack, along with muesli bars as snacks when I'm hiking. Then I came across this recipe from the lovely folk at Mediterranean Market in Queenstown, NZ for Scroggin Cookies (ie. Biscuits) and thought I'd give it a whirl. I decided to change the recipe a bit to reduce the amount of sugar and they turned out a treat! Delicious, easy, quick and … [Read more...]