Preparing to Hike Trail Hiking Australia


Live by the motto ‘Be Prepared’. It might just save your life.

It doesn’t matter if you are going for a half hour stroll or a multi-day trek, the principles are still the same. Plan your hike thoroughly, get fit for hiking and take with you the skills and gear that you’ll need to survive the adventure, plus a few extra items to ensure that you can make it back if things don’t go according to plan. While there is no universal checklist that applies to every hike there are certain basics that you should familiarise yourself with when you are preparing to hike.

The following pages cover a few topics that I consider when preparing to hike. I hope they help you on your next adventure.

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Hiking Skills Trail Hiking Australia

Hiking Skills

Are you new to hiking or have hiked for a while and are keen to further develop your Hiking Skills? ...
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Hiking Tips Trail Hiking Australia

Hiking Tips

I have gathered a few Hiking Tips along the trail and thought I would summarise them here as a quick ...
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Benefits of Hiking Trail Hiking Australia

Benefits of Hiking

Benefits of Hiking As you would expect, hiking is a great way to get in touch with nature and to ...
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grading your hikes trail hiking australia

Track Grading

In March 2011 the Council of Bushwalking Australia endorsed the Australian Walking Track Grading System, a voluntary walking track standard ...
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Get Fit for Trekking

Are you wanting to Get Fit for Trekking? If you are preparing for a trek, whether it is Everest Base ...
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Get Fit for Hiking

Are you trying to Get Fit for Hiking? If you exercise regularly, you may be ready for short trips and ...
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Plan your Hike

It doesn’t matter if you are going for a half hour stroll or a multi-day trek, the principles are still ...
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Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of the Leave No Trace program. They provide guidance to enjoy ...
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Time and Distance Planning

So how long does it to get from point A to point B? On any hike it is vitally important ...
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Food for Hiking

Since food is the main energy source for both exercise and maintaining body temperature, it is important to eat often ...
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The Ten Essentials Trail Hiking Australia

The Ten Essentials

The Ten Essentials are survival items that hiking and Scouting organisations recommend for safe travel in the bush. The Ten Essentials first appeared in print in the ...
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Hike in a group

Hike in a group where possible. It is a good idea to always have at least one other person with ...
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Hike at a Safe Pace

Hike at a safe pace - especially uphill - where you’re not pushing your heart or respiratory rates into the red zone, and take ...
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Make an early start

Make an early start. Hike as much as possible of each day’s distance in the cool hours of morning (or evening), ...
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Plan your hike for the slowest person

Plan your hike for the slowest person. One that is suitable for everyone in your party and let the slower person ...
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Let someone know before you go

Let someone know before you go. Leave your hike plan someone you trust indication the trail head, intended direction of ...
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Trail Etiquette

In the most isolated places, you'll be completely alone. But, on most hikes you will meet other hikers and occasionally ...
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Tips on Choosing a Campsite

Established camp grounds or caravan parks are great for offering the creature comforts like electrical power, running water, bathrooms, and ...
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A Beginner’s Guide To Hiking

Do you want to try Hiking but don't know where to start? This guide can help you prepare for your ...
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Keeping Your Hiking Group Together

Leading a hike is not always as simple as strapping on your pack and expecting the rest of the group ...
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Hiking Solo

Is Hiking Solo for You? Human's are social animals and most of us want nothing more than to be surrounded ...
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Be a Better Hiker with these Six Tips

1. Use a smaller pack. While you may need a 70-litre-plus pack for skiing or snowshoeing, by judicious gear selection, ...
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Ten Tips for Wilderness First Aiders

1. Stay calm Many moons ago, during a military first aid course, I was once told to stop and have ...
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Keeping Your Energy Up on the Trail

Great Walks looks at eight foods that will guarantee you a boost to send you skipping down the trail. We ...
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Trail Running: How Much Water Should You Carry?

Hydration: This is the most common trail running topic we get asked about at Bogong Equipment. Trail Running: How Much ...
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Lightweight Food for Hiking

Every bushwalker has their own ideas about what to eat on a bushwalk. Here, Bogong owner Neil Blundy gives some ...
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While these articles are by no means conclusive I hope they provide you with the general idea that preparing to hike is the single most important aspect of anything you do.

I have also gathered a few hiking tips along the trail and have summarised them here as a quick reference for you. These are some of the most important hints and tips I can offer to help you better enjoy your hiking experience. If you have any great tips please feel free to comment.


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