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  • Not Ultralight – UltraRight.

    What defines ultralight hiking? A 4.5kg base weight you follow most theories. Now a base weight is all your gear except for consumable items such as food, fuel and water (your food bag, fuel bottle and drink bottle count though)…. Read More ›

  • Walls Of Jerusalem Nov 2020

    Around six in the morning I left Hobart and began the long drive up the midlands highway towards Launceston, across to Deloraine, through Mole Creek and into the Walls of Jerusalem carpark. With a few stops for coffee and a… Read More ›

  • Overland Track September 2020

    Barn Bluff from Waterfall Valley Hut.Image: Mark KittoDay one – 20 September 2020 RONNY CREEK TO WATERFALL VALLEYReece and I met at the Cradle Mountain Visitor centre about 8am in less than ideal conditions. Low cloud and rain thwarted any… Read More ›

  • Furno 360 Stove.

    This is quite a popular little stove as it often comes on sale with the stove and a pot set for around the $60 mark. This bargain price doesn’t mean that you are compromising much though as its a pretty… Read More ›

  • Osprey Levity 60

    I purchased this pack to carry the new lightweight gear I had bought over the preceding months and I was not disappointed with how it performed. I set off for 10 days along the overland track with a pack full… Read More ›

  • Sea to Summit Ember III Quilt

    In the quest to lower the weight of my pack I decided to look into quilts. I normally leave my sleeping bag unzipped, even through Winter. So it made sense to me to give it a go. I ordered the… Read More ›

  • Collins Bonnet.

    With virus restrictions easing I decided it was time for a walk, after some deliberation and calculations to see what was within a 30km drive of home I decided to revisit Collins Bonnet in Wellington Park. This time I would… Read More ›

  • Thermarest Neo Air X-Lite

    I have been using the Thermarest Neo Air Xlite for lightweight trips in all seasons except winter. This Mat has an R value of 4.2 which means that it technically fits into the category of winter use, however I find… Read More ›

  • Food, what I eat on the track.

    Ill be the first to admit that I normally finish walks with food left over at the end. Not a lot of food mainly extra bars and a spare meal or two, sometimes this is because I factored rest days… Read More ›

  • Keeping Clean, Call It Hygiene.

    You have arrived at your hut or campsite and the days walking is done. You are sweaty, you can feel the dried sweat around your neck and head, your pits feel and smell like a swamp and that wicking underwear… Read More ›