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New transport service for Bushwalkers in Tasmania

One problem many hikers face when visiting Tasmania is transport to and from the start of the walk. It can be a tricky and expensive exercise. Many of the start and finish points are not serviced by public transport or, at best, it is seasonal or intermittent.

Ian Ferrier from Mountain Bike Tasmania contacted us recently to share information about his new transport service for bushwalkers. We have dealt with Ian for several years. He is an experienced “local” who knows his way around the walking tracks of Tassie and we congratulate him on his new endeavour.

Over to Ian:
Mountain Bike Tasmania are now able to offer transport options to the start of the major bushwalking areas in …

Funny encounter at Cradle Mountain

Regular readers will know we went for a wander around the Cradle Mountain area over the New Year. It was a great trip, we really enjoyed ourselves, especially just taking our time and only doing short days. The weather was quite hot for Tasmania and it was a relief to not have a schedule to keep.

We did have a funny, if not weird, experience at the end of the walk.

Arriving back at the Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre we were approached by a rather frantic fellow enquiring if we would sell him our Helinox walking poles.

After a quick chat we discovered that Cathy and Geoff were about the start hiking the Overland Track. They had travelled to …

Hire hiking gear in Tasmania

Hire hiking bushwalking gear TasmaniaSometimes hiring hiking gear is a great option if you are looking to kit up for a trip.

You know the times, there may be an additional member join your party, something breaks at the last minute or you just don’t trust that backpack to survive another five day trip without disintegrating.

Hiring also gives you the chance to try out different gear at a fraction of the cost of buying an untried piece.

Ian Ferrier from Mountain Bike Tasmania in Launceston hires out hiking gear. After selling Mountain Designs in Launceston back to the company, Ian is now concentrating on his tourism business and has continued the hire gear service once offered through the shop in Launceston.

Gear …

Interval training – the next step up in hiking fitness

How to get fit for hiking - interval trainingHow is your exercise routine coming along?

In this article Georgie Bull continues her getting fit for a multi-day hike series.

If you are new here, we suggest  you read the three previous articles which will give you some background about how we got to this point.

Getting fit for a multi day walking trip – some personal experience
A hiking fitness program – 16 weeks to get fit for a trip
Getting fit for hiking – a 12 week program

Over to Georgie:

If  you have followed either closely or loosely my pounding the pavement, week by week, build up programme, or added some weight training as Amanda suggested, you will now be feeling fitter …

Western Arthurs, Overland Track and Bruny Island

Welcome to the other half of Our Hiking Blog, Sue, as she reflects on three recent trips that ranged from luxury to a bit tough and cold.

Overland Track

Toward the end of last year I felt the need to go wandering somewhere wild and after a chance meeting with an old friend the idea to do the Overland Track (again) was born. This wander was timetabled for the March school holidays. My friend Deb decided to join us, a great way to celebrate successful treatment for breast cancer. Following a conversation with Mark (South Coast Track – 2009), who it turned out has done almost every walk in Tassie with the exception of the OT, he …