Hiking Hacks and Tips

Useful hiking hacks for more enjoyable hiking experience

We love life hacks, all of those ingenious little tips and tricks that make life a little easier and a bit more fun. And when you’re hiking in Australia it’s good to make the most of every piece of kit and clothing and find crafty solutions to any problems that arise. There are plenty of life hacks you can apply to hiking, bushwalking and trail running. Over the years, I’ve gathered a few useful hiking hacks for you to consider on your next adventure.

5 Ways to lighten the load

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Are you new to overnight or multi-day hiking or an experienced adventurer who is looking at grabbing some new gear. Before you do anything read our 5 ways to lighten the load without compromising on comfort.

Adventure photography tips

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Adventure Photography Tips: I’ve tried to look at some equally important & often overlooked aspects of photographing the outdoors that might not initially spring to mind.

Blisters

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Blisters are better prevented than treated, so if you feel a hot spot on your heel, cover it immediately with tape such as Leukosilk and then Leukoplast on top. Some people do this before a...

Carry water

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It consistently amazes me how many times I see people out for a walk or hike with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. If you run out of water, you have only a day...

Handy hiking hints

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As an experienced hiker, I’ve put together the top hiking hints for beginners so that you can get out there confidently too. It’s all about taking that first step out of your comfort zone and...

Snake season

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From spring through to winter it is snake season in Australia and time to keep a constant eye out for our little slithery friends. When on the trail avoid hiking in areas where snakes are...

Take baby steps

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Long strides are fine on flat terrain, but when going up or down, shorten your stride. A benefit of this technique when going downhill is that you’re less likely to slip and fall.

Tread carefully

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That not only reduces your risk of slipping and falling, but those feet-friendly platforms act as small, natural braking mechanisms for your body, thus relieving your muscles of some of that effort.

Tread lightly

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Make your own little switchbacks in the trail when going downhill. Walking straight down a slope’s fall line puts the greatest pressure on your feet, knees, and leg muscles and soft tissue in joints.

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