Want to go Hiking but don’t know where to start?
Live by the motto ‘Be Prepared’. Preparing to hike will save your life.
Preparing to Hike is the most important aspect of hiking in Australia. 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.
Hike Grading System in Australia In March 2011 the Council of Bushwalking Australia endorsed the Australian Walking Track Grading SystemRead More
How long does it take to hike from A to B? On any hike it is important that you knowRead More
The Many Benefits of Hiking Hiking is a great way to get in touch with nature and to get aRead More
Plan every hike as though it is your first It doesn’t matter if you are going for a half hourRead More
Leave No Trace When you Go Hiking The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of the Leave NoRead More
Hiking Tips for more enjoyable experience I have gathered a few Hiking Tips along the trail and thought I wouldRead More
Get Fit for Hiking Are you trying to Get Fit for Hiking? If you exercise regularly, you may be readyRead More
Hiking Food for Day and Overnight Hikes Food is the main energy source for both exercise and maintaining body temperature,Read More
Keen to develop your Hiking Skills? One of the things I love most about hiking is the feeling or remoteness.Read More
Are you wanting to Get Fit for Trekking? If you are preparing for a trek, whether it is Everest BaseRead More
Want to go Hiking but don't know where to start? This beginners guide to hiking can help you prepare for ...Read More
It’s an alarming fact, in Australia there's at least one bush rescue every day. Plan your hike so you and ...Read More
Following a few interesting experiences on the trail, I came to realise that a lot of people have either forgotten ...Read More
We don't all have to be experts to be safe in the bush. Here's how to Plan to Survive Your ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Hike in a group where possible. It is a good idea to always have at least one other person with ...Read More
Hike at a safe pace - especially uphill - where you’re not pushing your heart or respiratory rates into the red zone, and take ...Read More
Make an early start. Hike as much as possible of each day’s distance in the cool hours of morning (or evening), ...Read More
Plan your hike for the slowest person. One that is suitable for everyone in your party and let the slower person ...Read More
Let someone know before you go. Leave your hike plan someone you trust indication the trail head, intended direction of ...Read More
Established camp grounds or caravan parks are great for offering the creature comforts like electrical power, running water, bathrooms, and ...Read More
Leading a hike is not always as simple as strapping on your pack and expecting the rest of the group ...Read More
Is Hiking Solo for You? Human's are social animals and most of us want nothing more than to be surrounded ...Read More
1. Use a smaller pack. While you may need a 70-litre-plus pack for skiing or snowshoeing, by judicious gear selection, ...Read More
1. Stay calm Many moons ago, during a military first aid course, I was once told to stop and have ...Read More
Great Walks looks at eight foods that will guarantee you a boost to send you skipping down the trail. We ...Read More
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.