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 […]

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 […]

How to choose the best walking poles for the job

using walking poles over a log

Walking poles definitely make walking easier. Any age walker should think poles are great, if only because they will save your knees. In this article, Georgie Bull discusses walking poles and how to choose the right pole for the job you have in mind. With such a broad range of hiking poles on the market, how to select the best type and what to look for is really useful information.

How to get the best hiking boots for the job

How to choose the best hiking boot

The best way to choose hiking boots that work well is to get footwear that are made for the job.
There is a multitude of fabulous boots out there, some designed for specific jobs such as lightweight, thru hikes, rough walking and and others ‘all rounders’.  It would take an age to go through all the pros and cons of the huge range available, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind when shopping for new boots. In this article, Georgie Bull shows how she did it!

The best of Our Hiking Blog 2010

Image for Best of Our Hiking Blog 2010

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 […]

Frog Flats to Waterfall Valley – Overland Track in snow 2010

Tweet Welcome to Part Five of a trip report courtesy of Nik Sands from Bushwalk Australia. Nik and his wife Heidi completed the Overland Track, walking south to north, in August 2010. In this article we combine two days, from Frog Flats to Waterfall Valley Hut! Nik did not have any images for this section […]

Kia Ora Hut to Frog Flats – Overland Track in snow August 2010

Mt Pelion East from Kiaora

Before leaving home, the weather forecast for day 4 was for fine sunny weather, and for day 5, it was “heavy rain”. Not wanting to do the longest day of the walk in heavy rain, and getting some idea of how much longer it might be while wading through deep snow in heavy rain, we made the decision to make our fine weather fourth day longer than originally planned in order to make the next day of expected bad weather shorter. Even if it meant pitching and packing a tent in the rain.

So we set off somewhat earlier than on the preceding days, aiming to have Lunch at Pelion Hut instead of staying there overnight as originally planned.

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?