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...]

Hiking Poles and Nordic Walking – What’s the story?

Choose poles that are lightweight and fold away to allow for various terrain

It's been a few years since I've used hiking poles, but lately I've had a dodgy knee and have thought that they might be helpful once more. Actually, after a rather spectacular face plant whilst trail running a month ago, I've now got two of them. Dodgy knees that is. With the speed at which technology changes, I thought I'd do some research and find out what's the latest thinking around poles, … [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...]

Mt Paralyser and other names that inspire fear

One of my favourite sketch maps - the wonderful Dunphy Maps

When looking over the topographic maps for the southern parts of the Blue Mountains, especially the Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness area, a virgin navigator would be forgiven for never wanting to step foot in this part of the world, due to the array of fear inducing, high blood-pressure invoking place names. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u5wXYfGvNE&w=640&h=360 After putting off tackling … [Read more...]

How to Convert a Tent to Fly-only

Easton Kilo 2P tent setup as Fly Only

I really wanted to call this post, 'How to Pimp Your Tent', but seeing as there's no fluffy dice, disco balls or shagpile carpet involved, I think How to Convert a Tent is slightly more appropriate. There are different kinds of lightweight hikers out there. I sit somewhere in the middle between hard-core Cuban Fibre or Tyvek purists and traditional 'smart' packing for … [Read more...]