Hiking for Fitness and Weightloss

Sept 2014 - Jumping for joy on the Larapinta Track. West McDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia.

If there's one blog post that I've been putting off writing, it's this one. It probably sounds strange, but as someone who has had a lifelong battle with their weight, to start talking about fitness and weightloss in such a public space as this, makes me feel pretty vulnerable and exposed. You see, if you never knew me in my childhood, through those awkward teenage years and into my … [Read more...]

How does wilderness make you feel?

How Wilderness makes me feel (Mt Feathertop, Victorian High Country, Australia).

If you found your way to this humble wee blog, I'm gonna kick off by guessing that we share something in common. It's something that I struggle to put words to sometimes, so it's not uncommon for me to throw my hands up in surrender and bundle it into the wonderful word that is, "unwordable". Sure, there are words in my language that go some way to explain some of the feelings, like the … [Read more...]

How to find Latitude Longitude Co-ordinates from a Topographic Map

Angelina's Famous Co-ordinates

Any mathematician, engineer or architect will tell you that numbers are beautiful. There's something pure, absolute and precise about them. There's also something staggering about the infinite way they just exist. http://youtu.be/ztzNh4bzL_M?list=UU885b3fcSEShQdz6-v8KwLg Numbers help us define things and in a world where things seem out of control and in chaos, numbers bring order and … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Mt Kosciuszko – Australia’s Highest Mountain

Mt Kosciuszko - Australia's highest mountain

From the DRUANTH (Down-Right-Un-Australian-Not-To-Have) list comes yet another admission from yours truly. Although not strictly on my list as way back in my childhood, back when it was possible to drive from Charlotte Pass to Rawson Pass (up until 1977... just showing my age!), this whipper snapper was dragged up Mt Kosciusko - Australia's highest mountain. I'm thankful to my non-outdoorsy … [Read more...]

35 things to Love About New Zealand

Kepler Track NZ

I’m going to start this post by ‘fessing up to the fact that I love New Zealand. I’ve often found myself saying that if I didn’t live in Australia, I’d want to live in Wellington (at least on a good day)... with a bach in Picton. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to New Zealand quite a few times for work, weddings, skiing, hiking (what Kiwis call "Tramping", which sounds more like something … [Read more...]

What to Pack for a Day Hike

What to Pack for Day Hike. Royal National Park (Australia's First National Park) South of Sydney

There's nothing quite like that feeling you get from stepping off the pavement, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and venturing out into the wilderness. The fact is, we all lead busy lives so for many of us, going out for a short bushwalk or day hike is all that we can manage. In this post I'm giving you a sneak peek inside my backpack (yes, inside a girl's handbag!) to help you … [Read more...]

Welcome to the new look Lotsafreshair Hiking Blog

How hiking makes me feel! (Top of Mt Feathertop, Victorian High Country, Australia).

I know I've been teasing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that some big changes were coming to this hiking blog, so I'm stoked to finally be able to show you all! When I started the blog two years ago, it was all a bit of an experiment, a bit of fun on the side. It was all about trying to put down all the stuff I've learnt from some amazing outdoor mates, as well as through my own adventures … [Read more...]