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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]