Free hiking food? Well sort of…

The meal, rehydrated and ready to eat!

Tweet We’ve been lucky enough to receive a large quantity of Strive dehydrated food.  No, not from Strive but another unnamed source who had a bit “spare”. Each pack is 350 grams and is a Meal Compliment containing dehydrated Vegetables and Lentils. The estimated cost (as we can’t see them on the Strive website) is […]

Four women to watch – Outdoor sites worth following

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Not sure if it is politically correct to single out female outdoor bloggers but we are today anyway.

Why?

Because they have some great adventures, they write really interesting pieces and they love to share (and encourage) others. In addition, they are really nice helpful people and love encouraging women to get out onto a track or trail and enjoy a hiking adventure.
Dressed in Dirt – Tips and tales of a female backpacker

Adelaide (Addy) is quirky, yep, she even describes herself as “a little bit silly. No, very silly.” That’s why we love her. She is as sharp as a whip, clever and writes interesting pieces. She is also regularly out in the bush doing some great trips.

Do you have any ideas?

At Our Hiking Blog we try and mix up a variety of topics and information each time we publish an article.

Over the last five years the site has evolved from a spot where we have chronicled our personal trips, to something broader, with a stack of different topics we think you, our readers, may find interesting.

These have broadly included:

Trip reports – both Australian and international
Gear reviews from people who have ited it
Food, meal and menu planning ideas
Interviews with interesting people we have discovered from around the world
Highlighting some exceptional wilderness photography
Reviewing and encouraging you to visit some other fantastic outdoor sites
Providing resources and information so that people can get into the outdoors and enjoy themselves safely
So over to you valued readers, we are seeking your feedback:
What topics would you like to see more of on Our Hiking Blog?
Have YOU done a great trip and would love to share it with our readers?
Have YOU got a favourite piece of gear or equipment you are dying to write about?
Have YOU got a funny story, great pictures or MUST DO trip you would like to tell the world about!
Do you know someone in the outdoor world who would make a great interview subject?
Have you got an idea for an eBook that you would be keen to collaborate with us to produce?

Sick of eating the same boring food every time you go hiking?

Need ideas on what food to take hiking, backpacking or bushwalking? This 160+ page guide has menu ideas, recipes, how to’s, step by step help, advice, tip on shopping and getting the best food for the trail. Beautifully presented, this guide will help you take great hiking, tramping , trekking or outdoor food every time.

It was a fantastic trip until ……

busy camp

You know the story. Up at 4am to get to the start of the track. You have raced around for three days getting food organised, gear checked and packed , pets and kids palmed off to family or friends, just so you can escape for a couple of nights of solitude and reconnection with wilderness.

The traffic is great at that time of the day and you arrive in good time. Your packs are heavy but you know it is worth it to get to your special place, your secret camping spot.

As you arrive near camp, strolling over the last hill you look down to a scene like this:

The Overland Track – Winter trip with Caitie and Lauren

Marions lookout track- Cradle Mountain- Overland Track

Planning to hike the Overland Track in Winter? Looking to bushwalk from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair? If you have ever wondered what the conditions are like “off season” on this famous World Heritage journey, then this article is for you. Welcome Caitie Moncur who has been kind enough to share her journal notes from a very recent trip. After months of planning and preparation, and one final night of packing, weighing, unpacking and repacking, the time has finally come. We are Caitie and Lauren, 26 and 25 years old, best friends since we were 3 years old and we are about to take on the challenge that is The Overland Track… in Winter!

Shorts and Gaiters and/or Shorts and Long Johns!

Even the Track marker is wearing gaiters!

Not sure if you have ever had a good look around Flickr. It is a huge community of people who love to share their photographs and enjoy the work of others.

Flickr also has a lot of “groups” where you can join like minded people and “pool” photographs on different subjects or topics. There are groups for Tasmania with 5000 plus photos, a group for Trangia’s (600 + images), Love of the Outdoors (30,000 + images) and Backpacking (9000+ images). There is even a group for Travelling Toys (21,000 + images)

So we shouldn’t be surprised there is a group that celebrates people who wear Shorts and Gaiters and/or Shorts and Long Johns, after all, it is our standard fashion wear when hitting the bush!

This combination is the perfect bushwalking outfit for your legs!

Practical, quick dry, protect your lower legs from scratches, keeps the mud out of your boots and means you don’t have to hike with wet pants clinging to your legs.

Alaska by two crazy men – a stroll in Denali National Park

This quote tells it all:

As I looked into my brother’s eyes, I could see that he thought we were going to die, and I telepathically agreed. I thought to myself, “This is how those stupid people you read about in newspapers die in the wilderness.”

Sometimes we THINK we are brave and adverturous.
Sometimes we really have adventures, like being caught in a flood

But generally we are pretty conservative, there for a good time, rather than a hard time.

Let us therefore introduce you to Hank and Brian Leukart. They like an adventure, they love a challenge and, if the truth be known, they must be slightly , well…..totally mad.

Over at Hank’s inspiring site, without baggage , you can read about a hiking adventure in the Denali National Park in Alaska.

Food to Go update

How to take a drink of wine with you

Just a quick post to let you know we are still busily editing Food to Go, our new guide on how to eat well in the outdoors.

So,what is the current state of play?

Food to Go will be over 120 pages
It includes over 50 high quality images taken specially for the book by our co-author Deb Hadskis.
Bill Journee from Social Media Solutions is just about to start creating the masterpiece using Adobe InDesign.
We are worried it is going to be too long and have too much detail (not a bad problem to have)
It will sell in eBook format (you will download it from here) for $A19.90.
In this post we let your know the various chapter names and share some of the great images takes especially for the book by Deb Hadskis.

Wet walking track – give up on dry feet?

Bushwalking in Tasmania can be a wet experience. In this post we share a short video of some of the track conditions you can encounter after a lot of rain. Wet feet are part of any backpacking journey and this video was shot near Cradle Mountain and Lake Rodway. We hope it demonstrates how wet the tracks can be after a good lot of rain. Enjoy !