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...]

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...]

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...]

Hiking Food : Hidden in your Supermarket

Mechanically Separated Chicken

Continuing the theme of trying to get inspired by lunch in the bush, I recently decided to spend some quality time browsing the shelves of my supermarket, to see if there were any hidden gems just itching to get out into the wilderness. I came to realise that I have developed shopping blinkers when it comes to scanning shelves for familiar brands, packaging or solutions. I'm sure some¬†advertising … [Read more...]

River and Creek Crossings – Dealing with Wet Feet

Shopping bags and dry socks for camp

Whether it be a canyon trip, a simple creek crossing, fording a river or the good ol' stuff falling from above - there's lots of reasons why you might end up with wet socks and shoes in the bush. I remember my first wet feet opportunity years ago and how I stood beside the creek trying to figure out what to do for ages. At the time, I was in my dim dark days (now long gone) of wearing heavy … [Read more...]

How to Waterproof your Backpack

Overnight Canyon Trips - Essential to keep dry and warm
Bowen Creek South, Wollemi NP, NSW

There are several different approaches to ensuring that your gear stays dry inside your¬†pack. As with all things in life, it's just about finding out what works for you. The important starting point is realising that your pack (unless it is a 'drybag', no matter what the shop assistant tells you) is not waterproof. It's a little like raincoats... there's no such thing as a waterproof rain … [Read more...]