Wake up with the sun. Go to sleep when it gets dark. Walk, listen and observe in between. The Hiking Life.
10 Greatest Walking Songs of All Time Thursday, June 26th, 2014 - Long day on the computer……….mind beginning to wander…………..thinking about an upcoming hiking trip I have planned………….The Proclaimers are on in the background………….still love that song after all these years…………….hmmm…………..what other songs do I know about walking?……………five minutes pass……………jeez, that’s a … Continue reading
Snorkel & the Pyramid Peak Loop Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 - Yesterday I was checking out the Facebook page of Liz “Snorkel” Thomas, good friend and long distance hiker extraordinaire. Snorkel just finished a week of hiking in California’s Desolation Wilderness, a stunning area not far from Lake Tahoe. Seeing her … Continue reading
The Triple Threat of Eagle Rock Friday, June 20th, 2014 - You know the Pacific Crest Trail rock formation…………… You may have tried the Southern California beer……………. But apart from my Australian and New Zealand readers, I wonder how many of you have heard this classic tune by “Daddy Cool”???
How to Ford a River Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 - “Only the man who crosses the river at night knows the value of the light of day.” - Chinese Proverb Knowing where and how to cross a fast flowing river is one of the most important backcountry skills that a … Continue reading
PMags, Wife Carrying & the Liebster Award Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 - When I first saw the term “Liebster Award“, I thought it was some sort of prize that Mags’ German born wife had given him for being a good hubby (i.e. Lieber translates to ‘dear’ in English). I soon discovered it … Continue reading
10 Quotes for Hikers & Backpackers Friday, May 30th, 2014 - The tenth and final quote is from yours truly. The words were written some fifteen years ago during a hike in Lamington National Park. This was where I had learnt to backpack as a kid. It is one of the … Continue reading
5 Basic Principles of Going Lighter Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 - There is no universal blueprint as to how you should backpack. Every hiker is different. We all have our own motivations, needs and levels of experience. That being said, something upon which everyone can agree is that walking is substantially … Continue reading
Lightning Safety Tips for Hikers Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 - When it comes to hiking in areas that are prone to electrical storms, there are three main points to remember: Plan ahead. Stay alert to any changes in weather conditions. Know what to do if you are caught in a … Continue reading
Lowest to Highest Trail Gear List (2014) Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 - In the relatively short space of 135 miles, the L2H goes from the salt flats of Death Valley (280 ft below sea level) to the summit of Mt.Whitney (14,490 ft). From a gear perspective, this means packing for everything from … Continue reading
Upon the Great Divide: A CDT Thru Hike Friday, May 9th, 2014 - I met Ryan “The Tourist” Choi on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012. As soon as he introduced himself, I recognized the name. Ryan, along with Ben Deumling, was one of the first people to ever complete the Hayduke Trail … Continue reading
Five Ways to Improve Your Backcountry Karma Thursday, May 8th, 2014 - 1. Always practice Leave No Trace principles. 2. When it’s uber muddy resist the urge to bog skirt. Shoes can be cleaned. You can dry your feet at day’s end. Damaged vegetation and erosion are not so easily remedied. Suck it up, … Continue reading
Stayin’ Alive………..Thru Hiking’s Answer to the Bee Gees Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 - To the left we have the Bee Gees, mid-strut during their classic Stayin’ Alive video. To the right, we have (L to R) Bobcat, Dirtmonger and Malto striding down the road from Whitney Portal (finish of the Lowest to Highest Route). Note … Continue reading
The Lost Coast Trail Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 - 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 yes, walking along its shores…………..waves rolling in, cooling … Continue reading
“Think Outside” Presentation – LNT & the Pacific Crest Trail Friday, May 2nd, 2014 - On April 11, I had the good fortune of doing a couple of presentations for an outdoor program called tHInK OutsidE. The goal of the program is to educate school kids about the wilderness, with an emphasis on LNT (Leave … Continue reading