It is pouring down rain in Victoria this morning and very wet across southern Australia. One person who has been watching the weather closely in Tasmania for the last week is fellow Our Hiking Blogger, Sue.
On Thursday, Sue and three friends head off to Tasmania to hike the Overland Track. This will be her 8th time walking from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.
They are well prepared for this trip, no matter what the weather or conditions. By drawing on her experience and using the information in our How to hike the Overland Track guidebook she has the right gear for the Overland Track and Tasmanian walking conditions.
With excellent gear, great lightweight food, appropriate clothing and a great attitude to the walk, wet or cold weather will not ruin the trip, rather make it uncomfortable at worst. In addition, they are psychologically strong, ready for the demands this walk can produce. For example, even though it is early Autumn, there has been a bit of snow around……
This article is not an advertisement for the Overland Track Guide, rather a few points outlining why it is useful for first time walkers on the Track.
Recently on Trip Advisor, McGalio write up his Overland Track experience. It made interesting reading and reinforced our initial reasons for writing the guide.
Over to McGalio:
We had a pretty good time, but we were unprepared. Physically we were ready to go, but our equipment (especially shoes) were not up to the task.
So, there were some hard times. We were naive, but the official website is misleading. This is a hard hike. You need to be able to tromp through long stretched of mud. The website would lead you to believe that there is a lot of boardwalk. This isn’t the case. Even when there is boardwalk, it’s in disrepair to the point that you’d rather it wasn’t there.
The huts/camp sites were very nice though. The surroundings are breathtaking.
Just make sure you’re prepared before you go, or it may be lost on you. Also, take your time. We did it in 3 1/2 days. I wish we took 5 or 6. 12 hour hiking days can be hard to enjoy. Also, some sites say its a 65 km track. This is “how the crow flies.” It’s actually around 85 km.
McGalio adds a few tips and words of advice:
- Make sure your shoes are waterproof and bring gaiters!!!
- Take your time. The best times you’ll have will be in camp making new friends. Don’t limit camp to being “just the place you sleep.”
- Don’t cheap out on equipment. It will make it a completely miserable experience if you’re unprepared. I feel lucky that it was just our shoes that weren’t up to the task. I can’t imagine having a wet sleeping bag or an uncomfortable pack.
- Have fun. It can be great. But you have to make it that way. It can also be terrible if you don’t respect it.
Great advice from this young fella!
So what is Sue’s plan with her three friends later in the week?
They are just taking their time, wandering from hut to hut, stopping and enjoying the scenery and native animals, eating well, keeping dry using good gear and allowing six nights for the trip.
A nice way to enjoy yourself and have a very relaxing journey.
If you are planning the Overland Track and want more information about our ebook, How to hike the Overland Track click on the link. There are also a lot of testimonials from people who bought and used the guide that may reassure you.
For those of you who already own the book, expect an email early next week with your free copy of the new, updated edition.
Editing is almost complete and the book ready to release. It has had a major design overhaul, lots of editing and tidying up with a few additional sections. Many thanks in advance to Georgie Bull for all her hard yakka trying to make it more like the “Queen’s English” and getting rid of a lot of brackets etc….
Have you hiked the Overland Track?
Looking back, what would you have done differently?
Shoot us a comment below, you know we love to share your thoughts!