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 […]

Overland Track Walk Guide – we would have given him one!

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Tweet It is pouring down rain in Victoria this morning and very wet across southern Australia.  One person who has been watching the weather closely in Tasmania for the last week is fellow Our Hiking Blogger, Sue. On Thursday,  Sue and three friends head off to Tasmania to hike the Overland Track.   This will be her […]

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 […]

Do I need a PLB? – Not till you get injured – David’s story

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Tweet The sound of helicopter rotor blades was music to the ears of badly injured walker David Briese recently.  David was in a group enjoying a picturesque walk in a remote area on the far side of Mt Bogong, Victoria’s highest mountain, in the Alpine National Park.  The four day circuit was to see them climb […]

Penguin Cradle Trail – an Overland Track alternative?

Penguin Tasmania - Penguin Cradle Trail

Tweet We were contacted by Mike from Canada who is sneaking off to Tasmania for three weeks or so very soon. He was seeking advice on alternate walks in Tasmania to the Overland Track – spots are tight on the Overland Track and we are not sure if his budget extends to paying the Overland […]

The best of Our Hiking Blog 2010

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Tweet It has been a very busy 2010 at Our Hiking Blog. We thought it was a great time to review some of the most popular articles over the last 12 months and share a couple of highlights of the year. We hope you had a great 2010 with plenty of adventures and have some […]

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 […]

Why hike the Overland Track in Tasmania?

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Tweet Frank is back from a great trip across the Overland Track from Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair in one of Tasmania’s World Heritage National Parks. On this trip he walked with a small group from north of Sydney in Australia.  We met via Our Hiking Blog and because Frank had some spare time […]