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Trekking to Everest Base camp? Top 10 reasons to hike in Nepal

Our latest hiking guide – Remember to Breathe – Trekking to Everest Base camp   has just been  released and it is a ripper.

Written by Jay Reilly ,it draws on his many years experience of leading guided treks and mountaineering trips in Nepal. We believe he has created one of the best and most independent guides around to help you plan your trip to Base Camp.  It is an easy to read and really helpful eBook .

Last year Jay took our daughter Clare (they just happen to be married) to Nepal and trekked to Everest Base Camp.  He wanted her to experience his other great love, Nepal and the Nepalese people.

We asked Clare to share her top 10 highlights from Nepal and her trip to Everest Base Camp.

Enjoy!

1. The small plane flight – Kathmandu to Lukla

The last time I went in a small plane, my grandpa was flying it. I almost don’t remember it. This was a completely different experience. Going through the domestic airport in Nepal, the flight was never delayed, it just wasn’t going and then it was. Once we’d finally boarded, Jay ushered me to the left side of the plane, for the best views. Throughout the 40 minute flight, the views were spectacular, the sound was deafening, and the fact that there was an air hostess on an 18 seater plane was endlessly entertaining.

Kathmandu to Lukla flight

2. The first view of Mount Everest. Continue Reading…

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Dehydrating meals for hiking – some tips and tricks

We have been having an email conversation with Julie about a few of the finer details of dehydrating full meals. She had a couple of excellent questions that we decided were well worth sharing here.

Over to Julie’s email:

I’ve recently bought your ebook “Food to Go”, which I’ve found a huge help for information about dehydrating meals. My partner and I are setting off on a 3-month outback trip and want to utilize dehydrating meals to save space and refrigeration hastles. I’d like your advice, if you can, on drying time for meals. Continue Reading…

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Ultralight gear upgrade – is it time?

We are heavy weight bushwalkers. Old school plodders who love solid gear.

We  love a degree of comfort.

We love the gear we have carefully collected (and spend a lot of money on) over many years.

Our One Planet packs, down cocoon sleeping bags and all the other miscellaneous bits and pieces that make our trips comfortable and, well, like home.

We do hate sore feet, sore backs, the dread of throwing on a heavy pack after a lunch break. We also hate feeling exhausted at the end of a days walking.

Light weight gear review

Is your pack like this?

Image – Annie and John via Flickr

Ok, where are we heading with this? Continue Reading…

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Aarn backpack review

When I was 18 I was given my first hiking pack for my birthday, I loved it and used it to death. There are possum teeth marks, there’s random stains, so many fantastic memories, and thousands of kilometers behind us.

Clare with her old Mountain Designs pack - Overland Track Tasmania

Clare with her old Mountain Designs pack – Overland Track Tasmania

On a work hike on a small part of the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia, I met this couple who swore by the Osprey Atmos, it was a light weight, full sized pack. So I bought one. When it arrived I was super excited and we headed off to The Overland Track in Tasmania. Within the first 2 hours I was crying in pain. It was horrible!

When we arrived home I promptly sold it and started researching another. I can’t live without a pack! Continue Reading…

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Walking the Tarkine Coast – Tasmania

This is a trip report from a mate of our’s, Mark.  He headed off to Tasmania with his wife Jenny, had a couple of days around Hobart and then traveled up to the  north west to explore the Tarkine Coast.  He highly recommends the area and had a great time exploring it solo. The trip was in August which is late winter in Tasmania.

Bushwalking the Tarkine in Tasmania

Over to Mark:
This walk along the Tarkine coast involved the hire of a car for a week which was left at the start of the walk, a small fishing village called Temma for the five day duration of my solo trek. Before heading off I dropped in at the Parks Tasmania office at Arthur River. This was a very useful exercise as I was given plenty of first hand and up to date information and tips from the two rangers. They advised me to follow the coast and not the 4wd track which is rough and boggy and is out of sight of the coast for much of its length. Continue Reading…

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