Ettrema Gorge Adventure

Looking down Ettrema Gorge

Easter in Australia can be celebrated in many ways. I mean, let's think about it, any time you get four days off in a row is something to celebrate. For me, one of the best ways I've celebrated Easter was this year, when I set out for Ettrema Gorge for an adventure I'll never forget. http://youtu.be/IE41wzIEUQs?list=UU885b3fcSEShQdz6-v8KwLg Ettrema Gorge is found lying deep within Morton … [Read more...]

Hiking Tip: Shoelaces

Shoe Laces

Now even though I've proved myself a bit of a fan when it comes to having a good excuse to stop and catch my breath on the track, I'm even more of a fan of finding ways to deal with annoying little things that happen when hiking, namely... having your shoelaces continually come undone. Trust me, I'd tried everything! Double knot, triple knot and even the running shoe technique of lock laces*. … [Read more...]

Lightweight Hiking Tip: Drying Wet Wipes

Lightweight Hiking Drying Wet Wipes

It goes without saying that if you want to enjoy your time walking or trekking to wild places, then getting into lightweight hiking gear is going to be one of your top priorities. Now if the whole concept of lightweight walking or even 'ultra' lightweight walking is all news to you, then this post is going to be a bit of an eye opener. Yes, there is a whole sub-culture of hikers who … [Read more...]

5 Bits of Hiking Gear that Make Life Easier

Closed Cell Foam Matt has multiple uses

Hiking Gear Tip #4 - Piece of Closed Cell Foam Mat aka "Foamie" A very wise person once told me that everything in your pack should have more than one use. Well, I reckon it would be hard to find something in my backpack that has more uses than my humble foamie. Ah yes, with all the developments in sleeping mats over the years, the poor old foamie (CCF - Closed Cell Foam Mat) has copped a bit … [Read more...]

Hiking Huts with Style

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I'm all about encouraging people to get into hiking and spending nights in wild places. However, the fact is, that not everyone likes the idea of spending it in a tent, under a fly or even under the stars and for many folk, a hut based experience is as far as they're ever going to go in getting into the great outdoors. For those of us who are comfy under fly, I think that it's important we … [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...]

The Mysterious Lindeman Pass

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I love a good story. And the story of The Lindeman Pass in the Blue Mountains is a cracker. Today I was reminded of this quote by Thomas Edison, which I found inside my daily Happy Pills. So, Edison was obviously passionate, focussed, single-minded and one could argue,  obsessive. So too, was Charles Lindeman. A council alderman in the Blue Mountains and a man on a mission to build a … [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...]

Coming Soon – Brand New Hiking How-To Videos and New Look Blog!

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...]

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...]