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...]

21 Reasons Why Walking Works

Give anxiety the thumb!

There's very few people I know who don't think about exercise and know that it's something they really should be doing more of. Is it any surprise that IMHO walking is the best exercise that you can do? Although I'm a fan of walking in nature, it doesn't have to be that way. To prove how good walking is for us, here's 21 reasons why walking works: 1. HELPS YOUR HEART Walking briskly can lower … [Read more...]

The Road Less Travelled – Off Trail Hiking

Hiking Bushwalking Australia

For people who've only ever walked on defined tracks and trails, the concept that there's a whole other world of exploring and adventuring out there, may come as a shock. It's the world of off trail hiking. I know it came as a shock to me when early in my bushwalking club days, I signed up for a day walk that in the description said, "includes 1km rough off-track section". I honestly didn't … [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...]

Hiking The Colours of Australia

Lord Howe Island

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll now that I spend a lot of time hiking in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney and occasionally treat myself and jump further afield to discover other great spots around Australia that offer different types of bushwalking terrain and experiences. That's one of the amazing things about Australia is our diversity with every state and territory … [Read more...]

Rab Women’s Neo Rain Jacket Review

Rab Womens Jacket

When I got approached by Cotswold Outdoor last year to do a gear review for them I was a bit curious, because as an Aussie, I was wondering why they'd want me to take a look at a product from the UK. https://youtu.be/-JFu6zcQm0Y Well, as everyone knows, the old Interweb and FaceTube not only makes the world a very small place, but opens up our eyes and wallets to markets and products that we … [Read more...]

Larapinta Trail – Part 3

Larapinta Trail

The West MacDonnell Ranges National Park and the Larapinta Trail are one of those places that gets under your skin. It's big country, deep country and although seemingly rugged and parched, contains hidden waterholes like jewelled treasures dotted throughout. I was only there for 6 days on a highlights trip (the first and second on earlier blog posts), but if you're up to it, you can spend a whole … [Read more...]