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You know the story. Up at 4am to get to the start of the track. You have raced around for three days getting food organised, gear checked and packed , pets and kids palmed off to family or friends, just so you can escape for a couple of nights of solitude and reconnection with wilderness.
The traffic is great at that time of the day and you arrive in good time. Your packs are heavy but you know it is worth it to get to your special place, your secret camping spot.
As you arrive near camp, strolling over the last hill you look down to a scene like this:
Bushwalking, peak bagging, canyoning, climbing, caving have all been a huge part of our special guest’s life for over 25 years.
Whether it is a 23 day traverse of the south west of Tasmania, wandering around the Central Plateau and Cradle Mountain area in Tasmania, bushwalking, canyoning or climbing in the Blue Mountains, undertaking long trips in France, Italy and Switzerland or getting wet on a regular basis in New Zealand, Dave Noble has lead an extraordinary outdoor life. Dave has been kind enough to share some of his story via an email interview. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have:
1. How about a bit of background on yourself. Live where? Work where?
I was born in New Zealand and came to Australia with the family when I was four. I grew up at Springwood in the Blue Mountains but since uni days I have been living in Sydney – in the inner west. I work as a high school teacher – so the holidays are good breaks for bushwalking.
Bushwalking in Tasmania can be a wet experience. In this post we share a short video of some of the track conditions you can encounter after a lot of rain. Wet feet are part of any backpacking journey and this video was shot near Cradle Mountain and Lake Rodway. We hope it demonstrates how wet the tracks can be after a good lot of rain. Enjoy !
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?
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!)
Planning how to hike the Overland Track from outside Australia can be complicated. We met Alan via the blog when he wanted to hike the Overland Track and only had a few “spare” days on a flying visit to Australia to see his daughter. We ended up hiking the Overland Track, from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, in five days with him.
Hiking in South West Tasmania from Melaleuca to Wilson’s Bight and then north across untracked territory, crossing the South West Cape range, and from Noyhener Beach to the Port Davey Track was the plan. Unfortunately injury and bad weather created a few problems causing a re-evaluation and much different bushwalking trip.
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