Dipping our feet in with Charity Walk

We decided to try our stamina on a 25 kilometre charity walk from Ballina to Broken Head in NSW, Australia and learned how amazing it is to share a cause with thousands and also how our desk jockey feet are not used to walking 25 kilometres!

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This was great training for our upcoming Camino walk. The Walk raised in total $80,000 for the Westpac Rescue Surf Life Helicopters – well done to the fundraisers! We had to walk at a fairly brisk pace to make sure we got to the shuttle bus at the other end in time resulting in pretty sore feet but a very accomplished feeling was felt once we arrived. The most stunning scenery was had along the way so sharing a few pictures with you! If you ever get the chance to a walk for charity at a location like this! Nothing like it!!

 

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HOT overnight hike at Wyaralong dam

Decided to do an overnight hike at Wyaralong dam last weekend. Last minute decision and I am glad we did. These trips recharge me for the work week ahead and help me return to my body after sitting behind a desk for a week spending most of the time in my head. Queensland is full of beautiful places to hike and camp and it is worth braving the heat as long as you have plenty of water! Last weekend had us hiking the easy to moderate trail in 32 – 37 degrees Celsius and with little breeze on the forest like track it was HOT!

This overnight track is only 7 kilometers in from the carpark to Ngumbi Camp and 7 Kilometers out. You can come in from the other end of the dam but that is a good 25 Kilometers in and that is a long way for a deskjockey on a weekend trip!

Ngumbi camp is equipped with a gutted house you can spend the night in. Mosquito net is a must. There is also plenty of space to pitch your tent and a decent composting toilet. You can fill up water from the rainwater tank but treating is recommended. 

We did have a small of tiny ants make their way into our tent and the full moon lighting up the sky like a night lamp but we fell asleep and woke to a beautiful morning!

So if you are in South East Qld looking for a shorter overnight hike this trip is well worth it 😍

Deuter Aircontact 60 + 10

After a lot of research online I decided to get a Deuter Aircontact 60 + 10 for my first hiking backpack. It got a truckload of great reviews and what I liked about it was the ability to sort items … Continue reading

Back Packs

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When hiking choosing the right backpack for you and for the hike is crucial. We did a lot of research about the various packs to buy and decided to go for a sturdy and heavier Deuter model for both of us. I used my Deuter Aircontact 60+10 SL for both the Kakadu Women’s Hike and Moreton Island hike. Both hikes had me carrying around 19 kilos which is a very heavy pack over harder going terrain ! After a couple of hard hikes carrying a heavy load I decided to do some more research and ended up Getting a Granite Gear Blaze 60 which is a good 1 1/2 kilos lighter than the Deuter and still very comfortable! For more on each back pack just click the links below.

Deuter Aircontact 60 + 10 (2015 Women’s model)

Granite Gear Blaze 60 (2016 model) and Granite Gear Review Take 2

Granite Gear Blaze 60 Review take 2

I purchased the Granite Gear Blaze 60 a year ago and have had the opportunity to trial it on longer hikes. I absolutely love this pack. It is much lighter than most big back packs and is still quite comfortable. … Continue reading

Master Hiking List

Over time I have developed a Master Hiking List with all the essential items listed and their individual weight. That way I can quickly assemble a list for any hiking trip be it one or two nights or much longer … Continue reading

Review Granite Gear Blaze 60 litre

Got this much anticipated package in the mail a couple of weeks ago from 50 Days Lightweight, an Australian shop (online as well as shop front).

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It contained a gorgeous backpack for overnight and week long through hikes. I Filled it up with all my equipment for a week + and have been trying it while walking the dogs around suburbia 😄

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Being back at work means no overnights or week longs just yet but I couldn’t wait to try it on with some weight.

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At 1.3 kilos with nothing in,  and only10 kilos with all I need for a week it is just superlight. Just add a bit more for food and water and I am ready to go 😄 I am just loving this pack and can’t wait to try it on for real! ❤

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I definitely recommend this pack but will do another review after its been road tested
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This Is Your Brain on Nature – Explorer Video – National Geographic Channel

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Don’t forget our original home 😄

It’s a nice day!

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From our afternoon walk. Had to add a bit of Pooh wisdom 😉

Say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?” I said.
“Because it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.
“Yes, but—”
“Why ruin it?” he said.
“But you could be doing something Important,” I said.
“I am,” said Pooh.
“Oh? Doing what?”
“Listening,” he said.
“Listening to what?”
“To the birds.  And that squirrel over there.”
“What are they saying?” I asked.
“That it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.
“But you know that already,” I said.
“Yes, but it’s always good to hear that somebody else thinks so, too,” he replied…
– The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff