Back Home.. Te Araroa (SoBo) Reflections

Back Home.. Te Araroa (SoBo) Reflections

The shock of distance and the remote nature of my time on trail meant I had to reprogram my attitude to the hike. I realised that I was undertaking a mental marathon, not a sprint. The wild and remote backcountry of Aotearoa is what drew me here, and it provided the challenge I was seeking.

Back Home… Exploring for Protection

Back Home… Exploring for Protection

We established our camp on the slopes of a ridgeline that’s wonderfully remote. It’s one of the few, if only, times I would get close to using the word pristine. Traversing the Bertha ridgeline from north to south, we hug the eastern flank to avoid the..

Back Home… Fresh from Frenchman’s Cap

Back Home… Fresh from Frenchman’s Cap

This piece was brewed from the kilometres and sweat of being out on the Frenchman’s Cap trail, where the wilderness put me in a mind primed for writing after the time on trail was done. I opened the piece with ‘Back Home:…’, as it’s not only written in the comfort of my home and shelter from the relentless summer heat.

Trail Notes – Overland Track, Tas

Trail Notes – Overland Track, Tas

Deep in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the Overland is a truely iconic trail – and for good reason. It’s variety of scenery is world class, with every turn of your head granting a different vista as rock, plant and climate combine in spectacularly unique fashion.

Trail Notes – Great Ocean Walk, Vic

Trail Notes – Great Ocean Walk, Vic

A walk abound with stunning coastal scenery – sandy coves and beaches, rugged rocky platforms, and iconic towering sandstone cliffs and apostles. The Great Ocean Walk traverses some of the spectacular coastal scapes Victoria is renowned for, whilst winding in and out of coastal scrub and lush mountain ash rainforest.

Trail Notes – Lerderderg Trail, Vic

Trail Notes – Lerderderg Trail, Vic

Trail Snapshot: The Lerderderg Trail (LT) is a feeder track to the Great Divide Trail, winding between Daylesford and Bacchus Marsh through a variety of landscapes across the Central Victorian Uplands. In completing this hike, you’ll traverse through dry woodland and wet forests, along often sharp ridge lines and through denser vegetated gullies, with various […]

Trail Notes – Great South West Walk, Vic

Trail Notes – Great South West Walk, Vic

The Great South West Walk (GSWW) makes its way through a variety of landscapes, travelling along sweeping, powerful beaches, atop some of the tallest coastal cliffs in the state, through forests alive with birdlife and the colour of seasonal wildflowers, and besides/down a winding river carved into the regions limestone. 

Bundjalung NP – November ’18

Bundjalung NP – November ’18

Here, in the intertidal zone, a totally fascinating mix of animals and plants hangs on for their lives, living through the drought of low tide and flood of high tide – multiple times a day.

Out Of My Depth, At Depth

Out Of My Depth, At Depth

Snapshot: “My first dive into Victoria’s cool underwater wonderland” Twenty metres below the surface, I’m resting on my knees on the sandy sea floor of Port Phillip, waiting for my instructor to join me. I’ve descended to depth, whilst the rest are slowly falling from above, their new silhouettes taking a while for me to […]

Level Up: Minimal Impact, Maximum Enjoyment

Level Up: Minimal Impact, Maximum Enjoyment

Snapshot: Super easy ways you can have a trip which combines minimal impact with maximum enjoyment! Wilderness crunches under your footsteps. The path narrows, disappears under branches, and tests your skills in the heat. You’re keeping to a barely existent path whilst avoiding vines coated in serious barbs – those type that’ll simply tear your […]