Have you been sick before a big hiking trip?

Hiking

Tweet Georgie Bull, one of our contributers,  has been sharing her “Get Fit” program in preparation for Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania in September. This last couple of weeks she has been struck down with “the flu” but is finally on the mend.  In this piece she muses over how her fitness campaign is […]

Interval training – the next step up in hiking fitness

How to get fit for hiking - interval training

Tweet How is your exercise routine coming along? In this article Georgie Bull continues her getting fit for a multi-day hike series. If you are new here, we suggest  you read the three previous articles which will give you some background about how we got to this point. – Getting fit for a multi day walking […]

A hiking fitness program – 16 weeks to get fit for a trip

Heart rate monitor - fitness for hiking, backpacking or bushwalking

Tweet It is really interesting reading your comments about how you get, or stay, fit for multi day walks. When I got home from my first Overland Track (OT) trip I read lots of sports medicine research journals, to find out what I SHOULD have done to get myself fit for Marion’s steps.  (Marion’s is the […]

Getting fit for a multi day walking trip – some personal experience

Marions lookout Cradle Mountain

Tweet I am not naturally fit. I am a 60 yo female, weigh about 75kgs and lug 18kg in my backpack. I am short and naturally stocky. I go to the gym twice a week with a personal trainer, where I do weight-bearing exercises and a light cardio regime, designed specifically to strengthen my muscles […]

Gaiters – which ones for hiking …. and why?

Tweet Gaiters are like boots, with different ones designed for different jobs.  But are they just handy little accessories or wouldn’t-go-withouts?   With a good range to choose from according to durability, weight, length, latest technology and price, have a look at the gaiters available in your local outdoor shop and online. My gear criteria are fairly […]

Nordic walking – fitness for hiking? You bet!

Nordic walking

Tweet When you were out shopping for walking poles, did you notice some long and lanky, light, one piece poles that wouldn’t look out of place on a cross country skier . These poles are especially designed for the latest fitness craze – Nordic walking Ski field operators in the northern hemisphere agonised over how […]

Hiking poles – how to fit, measure and use them (properly)

Walking poles in NZ

Tweet This article  follows up last week’s  How to chose the best walking poles for the job .  We have learnt how to buy the best poles , now it is time to learn how to fit, measure and use them. Over to Georgie: Hopefully, reading the good news that walking poles are good for your knees […]

How to choose the best walking poles for the job

using walking poles over a log

Walking poles definitely make walking easier. Any age walker should think poles are great, if only because they will save your knees. In this article, Georgie Bull discusses walking poles and how to choose the right pole for the job you have in mind. With such a broad range of hiking poles on the market, how to select the best type and what to look for is really useful information.