Why hike the Overland Track in Tasmania?

Narcissus hut overland track tasmania

Tweet Frank is back from a great trip across the Overland Track from Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair in one of Tasmania’s World Heritage National Parks. On this trip he walked with a small group from north of Sydney in Australia.  We met via Our Hiking Blog and because Frank had some spare time […]

Sick of eating the same boring food every time you go hiking?

Need ideas on what food to take hiking, backpacking or bushwalking? This 160+ page guide has menu ideas, recipes, how to’s, step by step help, advice, tip on shopping and getting the best food for the trail. Beautifully presented, this guide will help you take great hiking, tramping , trekking or outdoor food every time.

Listening for Coyote – a great read

Coyote

One of the reasons we manage Our Hiking Blog is the community of terrific people that are part of this site. We are in contact with many people from across the world who all have a shared love and passion of the outdoors. It is great fun to meet new people and read their stories or help them out with information.

A few months ago we were contacted by Pete who was planning to move back to Australia from the USA. He had lived in the US (California, NY, Oregon) since 1997 and had picked up a new job in Hobart. He was asking for recommendations about the best hiking books that contained walks suitable with young childern.

We kept up some correpondance and Pete recommended a book by William L Sullivan – Listening for Coyote – A walk across Oregon’s Wilderness. A couple of weeks ago it arrive in the mail.

Food to Go update

How to take a drink of wine with you

Just a quick post to let you know we are still busily editing Food to Go, our new guide on how to eat well in the outdoors.

So,what is the current state of play?

Food to Go will be over 120 pages
It includes over 50 high quality images taken specially for the book by our co-author Deb Hadskis.
Bill Journee from Social Media Solutions is just about to start creating the masterpiece using Adobe InDesign.
We are worried it is going to be too long and have too much detail (not a bad problem to have)
It will sell in eBook format (you will download it from here) for $A19.90.
In this post we let your know the various chapter names and share some of the great images takes especially for the book by Deb Hadskis.

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?

Glow Stick – more than just light!

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!)

Hiking at Pilgrim pace – Soul enhancing escapes

Morning hike

Bushwalking or backcountry hiking can be a spiritual journey. The solitude of solo walking, the wilderness, the potential life-threatening situations, the memories and reflections that come to mind while walking, all combine to create a significant spiritual encounter. The wilderness has seeped into my unconscious with snakes becoming significant primal mythic figures, and mountains becoming symbols of my life’s destiny

Wow, a 2000km hiking track – The Dreaming Trails – Cape York Australia

The Dreaming Trails - location in Australia

Tweet Want to help plan a new multi-day wilderness hike? Interested in shaping the facilities for a 2000km multi day trek? Want to help design the next great walk being planned in Australia? This is your chance to have some input into the newly planned Dreaming Trails in Far North Queensland, Australia From the official […]

Bibbulman Track – Southern Section – Trip Report – Part Two

Tweet The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching nearly 1000kms (620 miles) from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. It goes through the heart of the scenic South West and traverses some of the most beautiful bush, forests and beaches […]