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Tips for Hiking in Tick Country

Alongside mosquitos, ticks are at the top of the vector class when it comes to disease transmission. These little blood suckers can carry and transmit viruses, bacteria and parasites. Indeed, when it comes to spending time out in the wilderness … Continue reading

Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Square Flat Tarp

Over the past year I have used the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Square Flat Tarp in a wide range of environments. Testing grounds have included regular excursions into Mexico’s Sierra Madre, the traverse of Badlands National Park, and above treeline routes … Continue reading

Is Thru-Hiking Really 90 Percent Mental?

This is one of those statements that you hear all the time in the US long distance hiking community. Indeed, it has been repeated so often in articles, online forums and books, that it is seems to be accepted as … Continue reading

Trip Report: Montana’s Beartooth Mountains

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”   ~ Lewis Carroll, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass’ This is a long overdue trip report from a hike I did in the Beartooth mountains last year. I’ve … Continue reading

Bartram Trail Backpacking Guide

The Bartram Trail is a 116 mile (187 km) pathway through the Appalachian mountains of Georgia and North Carolina. It was voted by readers of Backpacker Magazine to be the No.1 U.S. long distance trail for solitude. Sure enough, when … Continue reading

The Lost Coast Trail Backpacking Guide

I’ve always loved the ocean. Growing up on the east coast of Australia, it has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Swimming, fishing, diving and surfing. Walking and running along its shores. Waves … Continue reading

Blood Mountain

On this day four years ago, I finished the longest journey of my hiking life. A 14,300 mile, almost eighteen month odyssey called the 12 Long Walks. I had planned to end my trip at the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus … Continue reading

Books for Hikers and Backpackers

All of the works listed below have a place in my library at home. They represent a mixture of educational and philosophical texts; with a sprinkling of humour and social commentary thrown into the literary mix. The books are listed … Continue reading