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Blanket Bay campsite – Great Ocean Walk

We know the Great Otway National Park in Victoria pretty well.  Having bushwalked, camped and hiked in the area for 30 years or so it is like our second home.  It is a terrific escape when we want to “go bush”. Just 2hrs drive from home, we can be set up camp in no time and relax in the bush right next to the roaring ocean of Bass Strait.

Heaven.

Recently we took a mid week escape and headed to Blanket Bay for a couple of nights. The weather forecast was terrible, rain, wind and cool temperatures but this trip had been planned for weeks so nothing was going to stop us.

It was school holidays in Victoria and we were concerned the 23 sites may be full. To our great surprise there were plenty of options. Maybe the weather forecast put people off.

Camping at Blanket Bay Great Otway National Park

Our simple camper trailer set up with solar panels to keep the battery charged

One reason we love Blanket Bay is the option to have an open fire. There are three designated fire pits, fantastic for sitting around in the evening catching up with friends, old and new. Continue Reading…

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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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