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……

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?

The Overland Track Tasmania – What scenery?

Tweet Frank, Alan and Leon “conquered” the Overland Track over four nights recently. See Overland Track – last minute post for the introduction to this walk. There was a lot of low cloud, rain and mist for most of the trip, hence the title “What scenery”. We did not see the top of a mountain […]

Ultralight D-Ring for your backpack

Tweet Sometime the simplest ideas are the best and this idea is the ultimate in simplicity. Discovered an excellent boutique blog, Gear Talk and web site Home made backpacking gear today. They have been created by Jason Klass, from Denver, Colorado and the focus is on homemade ultralightweight hiking gear. There are several excellent examples […]

Light weight camping? I think not – Our Hiking Blog goes camping

Tweet Lightweight hiking is a goal for all, but when it comes to a summer camping trip all rational thought goes out the window. We head off early tomorrow on our annual camping holiday to Blanket Bay, in the Otway National Park. Blanket Bay is a small National Park camping ground near Cape Otway Lighthouse […]

8 tips to make a good hiking trip, great

Tweet How can you make a multi day hiking trip great? What’s the best preparation before you leave on your next bushwalking trip? What are eight key ideas that will elevate your trip to “one of the best”? Reducing risk on your next trek, some ideas. We have put together our “Top 8″ list of […]