What happens when you set off your PLB?
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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1y ago
We hikers are constantly reminded to carry a personal locator beacon (PLB) when we’re hiking. In fact, we wrote a piece a few years back on the importance and benefits of carrying a PLB. And we’re not talking just those big hikes, or the ones that take us to more remote areas, but every hike. There would be nothing more regretful than being in a situation where you need a PLB and you chose to leave it home that day. But what happens when you set off a PLB? Well, this video that was shared the other day in the group gives a great, detailed, blow-by-blow of what happens when you set off a PLB. I ..read more
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Hiking Shuttle Services in Australia & New Zealand
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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1y ago
There’s a lot of reasons to use a shuttle service to get you to or from the hiking track. Maybe you have gotten to the area by public transport and it doesn’t get you to the trail head. Perhaps you don’t want to leave your car at some secluded car park in the middle of the bush. Or perhaps you’re not doing a loop or an up-and-back so you can get to the trail head ok but need a pick up at the other end to then go back to the start to pick up your car. Many of the most popular tracks in Australia and New Zealand have shuttle services available. Here’s a list of hiking shuttle services in Austral ..read more
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2021 Hiker’s Christmas Gift Guide
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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2y ago
Got a hiking-mad loved one, friend, or colleague? We’ve rounded up our picks for the best Christmas hiking and camping gifts in 2021. We’ve chosen from a number of local Australian businesses, including a few that manufacture in Australia, as well as stuff from some of the big global hiking gear brands. We’ve also tipped you in the direction of a number of great Aussie hiking gear retailer. After the couple of years we’ve just had I’m sure they’d love to see you and help you out with your gift buying needs.  Gifts for $25 and Under On Track Meals Best way to the heart is through the stoma ..read more
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Grampians Peaks Trail: First Impressions of Hiking Victoria’s Newest Hiking Track
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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2y ago
I was fortunate to be among the first cohort to complete the trail last week. What a wonderful public asset, and a pleasure to link up sections of Grampians National Park that I had seen in isolation. Here are some notes and observations that future backpackers might find useful. Scroll to the bottom of this post for photos.   Transport to the Grampians Peaks Trail There are plenty of transport options including car shuffle and a company in Halls Gap offering shuttle services. I opted for public transport. One option is V-Line coach to Horsham and taxi down to Mt Zero trail head ..read more
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Review – Merrell Trail Glove 5 Trail Shoe
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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2y ago
I am a trail shoe convert. I use to be a boot guy. But, I really only wear them on longer hikes now. I love the freedom of trail shoes. It’s like you’re wearing nothing at all, nothing at all… nothing at all… Up until recently I was wearing a pair of Merrell MQM Flex. I wore them pretty much everyday—to and from work (9-10km) and up in the Dandenongs or You Yangs or Brisbane Ranges at the weekend. I reckon they racked up a few thousand kilometres. But, shoes die over time. The MQMs are still going, but they’re a bit worn in the heel and were starting to hurt my feet. Time for a new pair. Merr ..read more
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Best Food for Hiking: Freeze Dry vs Dehydrated vs Ready to Eat Meals
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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2y ago
Food. It’s an essential when hiking. It’s the fuel that keeps you going, after all. But, you can’t just load up the contents of your fridge or pantry into your pack and hike out into the wilderness for 6 days at a time. Food for hiking—and I’m talking overnight and multi-day hikes here—needs to be lightweight so you can carry it but also nutritionally and calorically dense so you’re getting a good bang for your it’s-all-on-your-back buck.  There are 3 main types of food that are best for hiking. Freeze dry, dehydrated, and ready to eat meals. Each has their pros and cons, which we will go ..read more
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Steub Trail, Cleland Conservation Park
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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3y ago
The Steub Trail is South Australia’s newest hiking track and one of the most accessible walking tracks near Adelaide. Launched in October 2020 and built from the bequest of a gentleman by the name of Ludwig Steub (who I cannot find anything about) the track aims to offer an alternative to the popular Waterfall Gully – Mt Lofty Summit Track (the ‘Rundle Mall’ or ‘Pitt Street/Bourke Street Mall Track’, you could call it) and a track that’s suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.  The track itself is accessible—in that there aren’t too many ups and downs and it is relatively shor ..read more
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How To Reduce The Weight of Your Backpack
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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3y ago
We’ve all heard the stories of ultralight hikers cutting the handle of their toothbrush to save weight. Sure, why have the weight of a whole handle in your backpack when it’s unnecessary. However, this really isn’t an effective way to put a big dint in reducing the weight of your pack when there are items that could shave kilograms off your pack weight. It was Stephanie Hunt who in the group proposed a really solid tactic for reducing pack weight. She wrote from the perspective that hikers will go out and spend money on ultralight weight gear with the view of reducing pack weight. They buy tha ..read more
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How To Choose Hiking Boots
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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3y ago
If there is one question that is frequently asked by new hikers and in-market hiking boot buyers alike, especially on online forums, it’s: “I’m in need of a pair of hiking boots. What brands do you recommend?” Or “I’ve got $200 to spend on hiking boots. Can someone recommend some I could buy under this price range?” Now, people do offer up suggestions here and I have no doubt they’re with the best intentions. But, they’re such tough questions to answer given my foot is almost certainly different to the person who asked the above questions, which is different to yours and so on and so forth. In ..read more
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Training For Hiking For Beginners
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand
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3y ago
Have you ever wondered how you can get fit, strong and injury-free for your hiking adventures? Read on to discover a proven method of training for hiking (which won’t require endless hours of walking every week). Why Bother Training For Hiking? The whole concept of training for hiking may sound a bit foreign to many. Hiking is often an escape, an enjoyable pastime and, on first thought, not a significant physical challenge. The idea of intentionally training for these adventures, for many, might seem like overkill. However, this is not always the case. There are three overarching situations wh ..read more
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