Falls Creek, AAWT & Heathy Spur Track – “short” walk

Heathy Spur and Australian Alps Walking Track

So we traveled to Falls Creek for the opening of the Victorian snow season. We did not ski but hiked in snow and on ice. We got vaguely “off track”. We discovered the delights of the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) and are keen to return. In this article we recount a 16km day hike through some beautiful country in the Australian Alps near Falls Creek and the AAWT. It was great to get the first snow for the season and have a terrific walk.

Hiking in a Skirt – one good reason

Heading into the Walls of Jerusalem - Tasmania - the one on the left is wearing the skirt (Hi Rhona & Simon)

Ok, it’s Frank here. I don’t usually hike in anything but shorts, no matter what the season.

I don’t walk in a skirt and neither does Sue. We’ve never found a good reason until a few days ago.
We came across an article at Dressed in Dirt.  This excellent site,  subtitled the tips and tales of a female backpacker is run by Adelaide Brown. Adelaide is a writer currently living in Portland, OR, she  runs the Portland Women’s Outdoor Club and has done “a good bit of travel” including  a few months on the Appalachian Trail.

Anyway, back to the story, what is the big advantage of wearing a shirt hiking?   Drumroll……

Overland Track Video – Winter or Autumn, you decide

As we all know Frank is a pretty ordinary cinematographer.

Others have more refined skills that combine a great eye and terrific editing skills.

Let’s introduce Jeff Jennings from  Bridport in Tasmania. He has a terrific selection of videos over at YouTube and maintains a site for his passion,  Sea Kayaking in Tasmania.( that stuff looks really scary)

We came across his video on the Overland Track in Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park recently and thought it well worth sharing.

Jeff has combined two different trips , one in Winter and the other Autumn. The contrast is quite spectacular.

Lighter and better equipped? Hiking gear then and now

Optimus 99 doing its thing, Lake Elysia

We got some great feedback from Ian on a recent article – Gear ideas for a wilderness hiking trip where Larry Hamilton shared some of his observations on the type of gear he used on a trip to the South Coast Track last year.

Ian raised an interesting point about the need / usefulness of modern gear compared with how he used to walk with mates in the 1980’s and 90s. In those days they made a lot of their own gear or improvised using what ever was at hand.

If you have been bushwalking for a while, do you think that gear has improved much since the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s?

Do you make your own gear or perform modifications to improve performance?

What is your favourite “old” piece of gear you still drag out and use on every trip?

Glow Stick – more than just light!

In this post we share a video from Peak Survival about Life Gear Glow Sticks. We have never thought of taking glow sticks into the bush as lighting. This short video is a great review demonstrating the product that contains a torch, emergency flasher, whistle and up to 200 hrs of “glow” capability. Interesting idea that looks the goods (and filmed in a snow cave so doubly cool!)

Win a Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack

Person with pack

Win a Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack by entering this challenge! Can you spend a night out camping with only the amount of gear that can be stored in one of these tiny packs? Darren, over at his site, Whitespider1066 lists his proposed gear and sets up the rules of the challenge. Looks like a fun way to win a pack.

Hiking at Pilgrim pace – Soul enhancing escapes

Morning hike

Bushwalking or backcountry hiking can be a spiritual journey. The solitude of solo walking, the wilderness, the potential life-threatening situations, the memories and reflections that come to mind while walking, all combine to create a significant spiritual encounter. The wilderness has seeped into my unconscious with snakes becoming significant primal mythic figures, and mountains becoming symbols of my life’s destiny

Hiking Food – How to dry a curry

Tweet Our next hike is into the Walls of Jerusalem in Tasmania for a three nighter with a small party of friends. It is planned as a relaxed, pre Christmas trip, where the distances are short and we will be base camping for two nights. This will allow us to take some nice food and […]

GPS Question – Which one for hiking?

Tweet Trying to decide which GPS to buy for hiking? Not sure of what mapping software you need for your Garmin GPS? What are the best bushwalking maps for Australia? How good are Shonky maps and Garmin GPS’s? In this post we compare the use of Mapsource, Tracks4Australia and Shonky GPS maps with a clear […]

South Coast Track – Tasmania – Point Eric – Louisa River

Tweet The longest inland section of the walk began with a walk long the beach around a small headland (boots off) to the end of Cox Bight. At Buoy Creek the track leaves the beach and crosses button grass plains before the very sharp ascent of Red Point Hills. There are some campsites here that […]