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 […]

Best map for Cradle Mountain to the Walls of Jerusalem? Not this one.

Overland Track Pine Valley junction

Tweet Our Hiking Blog friend, Matthias, has an interesting tale of a young German walker who came across him recently on a walk from Lake St Clair, Pine Valley, Never Never, Walls of Jerusalem, Lake Ball to Dixon’s Kingdom. Matthias was alone at the camp near Dixon’s hut, but just as the weather set in […]

Best Travel Pack? – We splash the cash on One Planet

One Planet Wheelie Travel pack train

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.

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?

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 […]