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...]

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...]

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...]

Six Foot Track Project Launch!

Guess who on the bridge?

Ok, so you know how they always say, 'Never start with an apology - it's too negative.'? Well, here I am breaking with tradition because for the last couple of weeks, I've taken leave of my blogging senses to concentrate on a very exciting new project that is launching this week! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wtaGaUdl8 For the past year, I've been working with the fabulous Matt … [Read more...]

Gear Review – Macpac Tasman 45

Easy to see/feel how much water you've got left with the Hydration pack hidden inside the harness

Manufacturer:  Macpac Product:   Tasman 45 Link:  Macpac Product Info Empty Weight: 1.1kg (size 2) RRP: AUD$299 Test Packed Weight: 13kgs (incl 2 litres water) Test Date: 4-6 October 2013 Location: Ettrema Wilderness, Morton National Park, NSW, Australia Terrain:  Everything! Firetrail, tracks, off-track scrub (light to extreme including Hakea and Banksia) rock scrambling, … [Read more...]

Adventure: Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness

Farewell Kanangra... until next time.

A Big Sky Place It would really suck to suffer from vertigo. And I don't mean watching Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak run amok in San Francisco only to discover the DVD is missing the last 10 minutes. I'm talking about having an unhealthy urge to throw oneself off of cliffs when it has nothing to do with mental health or abseiling. Thankfully, neither myself nor my 5 other intrepid … [Read more...]

Adventure: Trip Reports

Huayhuash Circuit - Day 9

When I started this blog thingy, I didn't really know what people wanted to see. To be honest, I've been a wee bit surprised when digging around in the background and seeing which posts turned out to be the most popular! Surprise, surprise. You lot quite enjoy reading trip reports. Really? Huh. So I've decided to start posting rants and raves about my various outdoorsy adventures... and as I … [Read more...]

Lightweight Dental Hygiene

Tim and his weight reduced toothbrush

I've always thought that the concept of cutting off your toothbrush handle to reduce space and weight in your pack was either a joke, or a bit of an urban myth. However, as you can see from this shot taken in the Grose Valley last weekend, my mate Dr Tim has proven that it is in fact, a reality. There are downsides however, as he reports that it's actually quite tricky to clean your teeth … [Read more...]