Regular readers will know we went for a wander around the Cradle Mountain area over the New Year. It was a great trip, we really enjoyed ourselves, especially just taking our time and only doing short days. The weather was quite hot for Tasmania and it was a relief to not have a schedule to keep.
We did have a funny, if not weird, experience at the end of the walk.
Arriving back at the Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre we were approached by a rather frantic fellow enquiring if we would sell him our Helinox walking poles.
After a quick chat we discovered that Cathy and Geoff were about the start hiking the Overland Track. They had travelled to Cradle Mountain via a local busline and someone…..had left Cathy’s walking poles in the bus. It, and the poles, were now on the way to Hobart via Strahan. Basically they were gone, not to be retrieved until the end of the walk.
This was ok, except, the walking poles were also their tent poles……..
Six Moons Lunar duo single skin tent – note the “tent poles”
It is a bit of a weird story but Cathy and Geoff had bought our Overland Track guide and the walking poles on our recommendation as they were regular readers of this site. Continue Reading…
We have been corresponding with one of our readers Julia. The hot topic was hiking food, of course!
Julia is living in Spain and gets out and about doing day walks and longer trips all around Spain and the Pyrenees. It sounds like a great spot to be, and the trips, magic.
She was checking out Food to Go and decided we needed another snack recipe and shot it through to share with you all.
Let us introduce the Flapjack.
Over to Julia:
I checked out the ‘snacks’ part and found that there is something missing, so I thought I’d send it to you. It is called the ‘flapjack’, which is a very rich energy bar. I got the recipe from some English hikers and now we all make it. We are even planning a ‘flapjack competition’!
We just can’t go out there without it anymore and it is super simple to make. I cut the flapjack up in squares, the size of an energy bar, and wrap them up individually. They are soooo good and very healthy as well.
The recipe: Continue Reading…
For a complete beginner, going from a casual day hike to a well-planned multiday tramp, as they are called in New Zealand, can be a daunting task. In this article, we will help you make the jump with advice on the essential backpacking gear that you will need to acquire in order to be safe, self-sufficient and comfortable. We will then focus on organizing a walk in New Zealand: with its majestic scenery, first grade tracks and handy backcountry huts, this is perfect tramper country, from beginner right through to expert.
Don’t forget, you can pick up some cheap Auckland flights online and head off to the land of the long white cloud with your hiking gear.
Enjoy the ride.
As a tramper out on a multiday hike, your average load will probably be around 10-15 kg. To make the heavy load bearable, it is essential to have a comfortable pack. Continue Reading…
Sometimes we come across fantastic trip reports and this one about the South Coast Track in Tasmania is a winner.
Maintained by “The Sons of the Desert”, this site is interesting, quirky, well written and contains some really great information.
We suspect very clever people , who can actually write and photograph, are behind it.
With “the Son’s” permission we have linked to a couple of their excellent images and stolen some amusing and enlightening pieces of text.
Please read the full trip report, it is well worth your time if you are planning the South Coast Track or just want to see why you might never go there….or, just live the adventure vicariously.
In no particular order, some images and selected quotes:
But as we descended the south-easterns side of the mountains two things happened. The first was that the flora went from alpine to rainforest! A complete, dramatic change which contributed to making the thousand metre descent quite challenging. The other thing was that the well made track ended; that was the last of well made tracks until the final day.
So what we were left with was descending what was alternately a muddy trench or a root filled running watercourse down a thousand metre descent all overgrown with rainforest undergrowth. The horizontal distance was about 2k; it took almost five hours. Continue Reading…
Congratulations and many thanks to the Bureau of Meteorology!
Drum roll…… the Overland Track now has its very own weather forecast.
Yep, a specific seven day forecast for the Cradle Valley. It includes forecasts for “the Overland Track area”, New Pelion Hut and Lake St Clair. Up until now we have always relied on the Mt Reid and Lake St Clair forecasts. That left about 80km in the middle!
Head off to the B.O.M. site to check it out – Cradle Valley forecast.
Because this is a very short note, we thought some indulgence with a series of “weather” photos taken along the Overland Track might be fun.
Barn Bluff topped lightly in snow. Continue Reading…