Like many of you, we have been trying to juggle work, family and trip planning into our busy lives.
Here are a few things that have been happening around the world of Our Hiking Blog.
Food to Go – Feedback
Jonathan let us know by email that Farm Pride Egg Powder is now available through Coles Supermarkets in Australia. It’s in the bread making / baking section for anyone who is interested in taking it on a trip. A 150g container, equivalent to a dozen eggs, sells at around $5.00. Previously it has been hard to get.
He also bought “Food to Go” recently and gave us some positive feedback (thanks!):
Great, although I have been hiking for 25 years or so, quite a bit of it I had worked out by myself, but there were LOTS of ideas as well as validation. It convinced me to buy a dehydrator and vacuum packer and these work a treat.
Food to Go also received a nice mention in the latest Great Walks magazine so thanks to Brent McKean the editor who we interviewed last year: Great Walks? You bet, an interview with Brent McKean editor
Skoda Octavia Scout 4×4 103TDI – Final week
We are running up to the last week of having this vehicle on loan. Having been happy owners of a Subaru Outback for a few years this great new addition to the Aussie market has impressed. Our understanding is that is a “direct competitor” to the Subaru so we have been in a prime position to comparison both vehicles.
We will write up a full review here next week. (not that we have any obligation from Skoda to do it, just because we want to) The diesel engine (VW Golf based) with it’s 6 speed automatic gearbox has been terrific.
Last weekend Frank took it down to the Otway National Park for a bit of “off asphalt” driving and tried to do some “Top Gear” filming. It was fun when he discovered the sports mode in the transmission and while maneuvering around a particularly rough and slippery gravel corner. the stability / stopping you sliding sideways off the road control kicked in 😛 …. The video will be ready soon (don’t get too excited)
You can read more about Our Skoda Experience over here.
Lake Oberon Trip – Update
We (Sue, Frank and Grant) head off there on Monday 4th July for 5 nights. Hopefully the ash cloud will have moved on and our flights to Tasmania won’t be cancelled. You can read the plan in this article.
Sue has been reassessing her sleeping gear as the weather will be sub zero at night. We have both ended up with two new additions.
- Exped Synmat 7 UL (S) mats from Mountain Equipment. These are super lightweight versions of the classic Exped. We will write up a review after the trip and let you know how they perform. First impressions are very positive.
- Thermolite® Reactor Liner from Sea to Summit – These are supposed to increase sleeping bag performance by 8 degrees C. Frank shot a video about it recently and we will add it to a full review after the trip.
For that site, we have been playing around with a new application where you can read the eMagazine online.
Below is the Winter edition (with a great cover shot by regular here Adam Holbrook – Tasadam)
To read the magazine on line click the cover image and it will open.
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If you like what you see in the magazine, shoot over to Cradle Mountain.net and check out some of the articles there. It’s not only about Cradle Mountain , we have some terrific information about exploring Tasmania.
Coming up soon
- Georgie Bull has the final article in the Getting fit for a hiking trip series almost ready for publication
- We are all a “twitter” at the Our Hiking Blog household as Georgie is having a sleepover with us next week. She had the choice of a tent in the back yard or a bedroom with an ensuite. The softy chose the bed. After working together online for months now it will be fantastic to catch up face to face and have a glass of wine or two.
- A great supporter, Steve Cockburn emailed us last week. he had a “bit of trouble” on a trip recently. Here is a grab from his email:
Went for a big 3 dayer in remote area recently and nearly had to be rescued. Ended up being walked out due to break down. Heat stroke combined with residual flu virus in muscles . Very lucky as came close to doing some damage to heart or stroke . Thank God for my mate who looked after me and organized the evac from a very remote area. On the mend now . The article in blog on fitness really took on a new meaning
Steve is recovering ok and has offered to write up an account of this trip once his hands stop shaking….. Will be interesting reading.
- Trixie Kemp is another reader who has very kindly written an article about how she plans her bushwalking trips. We initially communicated about her plans for the Overland Track and Walls of Jerusalem and where very impressed by the process she undertakes when planning a trip. Bad Frank (sorry Trixie) has not made the time to post her excellent article and advice…… Soon we promise. It is a terrific guide.
So dear readers:
What do you have planned?
Have you been on any great trips recently?
Are you stuck in winter drudgery and dreaming of throwing on your backpack?
Shoot us a reply below and get it off your collective chests!
Image: apurdam (Andrew) via Flickr