Easy Hiking Food for Overnight Trips (That’s lightweight too!)

Enjoying the view from Mt Solitary whilst the billy boils.

I'm still staggered by the number of people who say that planning and organising food is the issue that stops them from doing overnight hikes. There's really no reason these days for using that excuse and my suspicion is that if you're still using it, then the real issue isn't to do with the food, but something else. (Ouch!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3nx4kebyvM I've already done … [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...]

Tents as Tiny Houses

Definition Deliberate

Up until a week ago, I'd never heard the term, Tiny House. That was until I read this blog post by Wild and Scruffy, who writes one of my favourite blogs. On the surface, she doesn't seem to have anything in common with me. For one, she is married with kids, but that doesn't make her a Mummy Blogger; She takes nice photos, but that doesn't make her a photographic blogger; she writes about … [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 Places get their Names

Brian, not to be out foxed! (Pic: Brian Graetz)

I love maps. As a young kid, I used to lie on the lounge room floor and plan imaginary trips across the vast continent of Australia. In the internal conversation (that only makes sense to an 8 year old), I was an intrepid explorer, explaining the route to a curious journalist about a far flung adventure to link up curious names on the map of my homeland. These days, the picture is still … [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...]

What’s Your Excuse?

When I started this whole bushwalking/hiking thing about 13 years ago, I was astounded at how unfit I was. If you'd asked me to fill out a form that included a question about my fitness, e.g.: unfit / average / fit / marathon fit, I thought I was average, possibly even average-fit. As a desk junkie during the week, I still managed to get out and walk the suburbs regularly, could happily walk … [Read more...]

Secrets of the Police Rescue Rat Pack

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A little while back I took part in a Land Search and Rescue workshop run by the Blue Mountains Police Rescue squad. It's just one of the many great training opportunities thanks to the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad. On this two day workshop, we worked with our colleagues in other volunteer squads such as the SES and RFS. We learnt about Search Management from Police Rescue and put … [Read more...]