How to find Latitude Longitude Co-ordinates from a Topographic Map

Angelina's Famous Co-ordinates

Any mathematician, engineer or architect will tell you that numbers are beautiful. There's something pure, absolute and precise about them. There's also something staggering about the infinite way they just exist. http://youtu.be/ztzNh4bzL_M?list=UU885b3fcSEShQdz6-v8KwLg Numbers help us define things and in a world where things seem out of control and in chaos, numbers bring order and … [Read more...]

Ettrema Gorge Adventure

Looking down Ettrema Gorge

Easter in Australia can be celebrated in many ways. I mean, let's think about it, any time you get four days off in a row is something to celebrate. For me, one of the best ways I've celebrated Easter was this year, when I set out for Ettrema Gorge for an adventure I'll never forget. http://youtu.be/IE41wzIEUQs?list=UU885b3fcSEShQdz6-v8KwLg Ettrema Gorge is found lying deep within Morton … [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...]

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

Tents as tiny houses

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

Dunphy Gangerang Map

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...]