Preparing to Hike

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. 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 hope they help you on your next adventure.

10 Tips for hot weather hiking


It is possible to still enjoy the outdoors in our brutal summer weather. You just have to adjust your thinking a bit and take a few extra precautions beyond the basics. Here’s 10 Tips for...

14 Outdoor Hacks For Rainy Weather


Rainy weather doesn’t have to ruin your outdoor adventure. With the right preparation and knowledge, you can keep the good times rolling when the heavens open. Here are our 14 outdoor hacks for rainy weather.

A Beginner’s guide to hiking


The great thing about hiking is you get to pick your speed and difficulty for the perfect amount of challenge that suits you. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started with this beginner’s...

Cold weather hiking tips


When the cold weather rolls in, your hiking adventures don’t need to stop. There are a range of things you can do to stay safe and comfortable during your winter hikes. Here are some of...

Get fit for hiking


Are you trying to Get Fit for Hiking? If you exercise regularly, you may be ready for short trips and easy terrain right now. But if you don’t get as much exercise as you’d like,...

Get fit for trekking


Are you wanting to Get Fit for Trekking? If you are preparing for a trek, whether it is Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro, Kokoda or a multi-day adventure in your local national park, you need to...

Hike grading system

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The Council of Bushwalking Australia endorsed the Australian Walking Track Grading System (AWTGS), a voluntary walking track standard. Through many years of hiking in the Australian bush, I believe the AWTGS does not adequately prepare...

Hike in a group

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Hiking with a group can be a very rewarding experience. You get to share something you enjoy with like minded people and will often form strong bonds due to your shared love of the outdoors...

Hiking checklist


Here is a summary of what I believe to be the essential items you should carry on both day and overnight adventures. Your hiking checklist. I have provided a more detailed information under preparing your...

Hiking solo


Being alone, hiking solo, on the trail is an amazing experience and one that I personally enjoy as well as being with others. If the empty, open trail beckons you, then solo hiking might be...

Hiking trail etiquette


Following a few interesting experiences on the trail, I came to realise that a lot of people have either forgotten or are not aware of correct trail etiquette. Here are a few tips for you...

Leave No Trace

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The Leave No Trace Seven principles provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. The principles have been adapted so they can be applied in your backyard or...

Let someone know before you go

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Here’s some information and safety tips to help you plan your hike. Let someone know before you go and always leave a trip intention form with someone who can raise the alarm if you do...

Make an early start

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Hike as much as possible of each day’s distance in the cool hours of morning (or evening). Summer afternoons are typically hotter in Australia and the heat will amplify your fatigue and increase your changes...

Overnight hiking with kids


Do your kids hear the call of the great outdoors? Whether you have toddlers, young children or pre-teens, it is, with some planning and preparation, possible to answer the call with kids in tow.

Plan to survive your hike

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There are many specialist skills that set outdoor professionals apart from the rest of us. We don’t all have to be experts to be safe in the bush. Make sure you prepare before stepping foot...

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 the same. Plan your hike, it’s the single most important aspect of anything you do.

The benefits of hiking

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Hiking is a great way to get in touch with nature and to get a bit of exercise as you explore. From boosting fitness, to improving mental wellbeing – and even helping us in our...

The Ten Essentials

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The Ten Essentials are survival items that hiking and Scouting organisations recommend for safe travel in the bush. However, personal preferences and differences in conditions may dictate otherwise and with experience most adventurers add and subtract from the list depending on the...

Think before you TREK

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NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is encouraging all park visitors planning a remote adventure or multi-day walk this year to Think Before You TREK.

Time and distance planning

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On any hike it is important that you know the length of the hiking trail and how long the hike will take. Time and distance planning is particularly relevant when hiking with other people and...

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