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Continuing our series of interviews with interesting outdoor people, let us introduce Andy Reynolds.
Andy, is an Outdoor Educator with many years experience exploring some fantastic parts of Australia.
He walks, climbs and loves snow sports. His latest venture is Soulfree Adventures , a company that “specialise in providing high quality walking tours for the walking traveller”. While Andy is keen to promote his business (and who wouldn’t be), he also has a huge amount of experience in the outdoors and some fantastic yarns he has shared.
We hope you enjoy Andy Reynolds’ story.
O.K. Let ’s keep it simple. How about a bit of background on yourself. Where do you live? Where do you work?
I live in beautiful downtown Buninyong, a small rural village whose key claims to fame I suppose are being Victoria’s first proclaimed inland settlement (Wiki) and the home of the Scody Australian Road Cycling Championships, on our notoriously gruelling hilly course on the slopes of Mount Buninyong, an extinct volcano.
It’s also a pretty nice place to live. I run my own walking company Soulfree Adventures from my home office on Buninyong. This gives me the freedom to work as long as I want (!) and is a great base for work and play.
Let’s get into your early bushwalking experiences. How did you first get into bushwalking? Any particular mentor or group?
I first got into bushwalking as a student at a well known Melbourne private school. Back in the 70’s we still had 3 term school years and each school holidays our loosely described bushwalking group would head for Breakfast Creek, north of Licola in the heart of Victorian Alps.
What is the best travel pack?
What features are important when deciding on which one to spend your hard earned dollars on?
Is there a good compromise between a suitcase and a backpack?
Why the need for a travel pack?
We plan to travel a bit in the next few years – e.g. Cambodia in late August for three weeks
The way we plan to travel i.e. backpacking, lends itself to a rucksack rather than a suitcase
Suitcases are not easy to drag around and having your hands free is a bonus.
We might want to do some short (2-3 day walks) and are willing to compromise on pack weight and harness quality.
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