Welcome to "Our Hiking Blog"
This blog (with it's silly name) was started following a wonderful trip we did in March 2006 to the South Coast Track in Southern Tasmania. Sue was so taken by the walk she found it cathartic to write a track report of the trip for her diary. We then decided it would be great information to share and the blog was created.
The name described what it is , Our Hiking Blog, a blog about our hikes.
Since then we have expanded the blog to include topics such as gear reviews, the best clothing to wear on multiday hikes, food organisation and preparation and many other areas related to getting out and enjoying "the great outdoors". We have also been lucky to have many "guest posters" who have shared their knowledge and experiences with us. Thse have been great additions to our Hiking Blog as we have learnt much new information and been able to share some fantastic adventures with our readers.
As background, we are a couple in our early 50's who live in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Over the last 4-5 years we have rediscovered hiking and get out into the bush as often as possible. Our focus is usually on multiday hikes and our preferred location is in Tasmania. With the advent of cheaper airfares it is relatively easy for us to fly the one hour to northern Tasmania and be in pristine wilderness a couple of hours after that.
Frank has been hiking since he was in the Boy Scouts in the 1970's and was lucky enough to achieve his Queen's Scout Award. Sue has had a love of the bush instilled in her since she was a young girl helping out on her grandfather's farm. We did our first multiday walk together (with Clare) in late 2003. It was the Overland Track in Tasmania. We loved it so much, just Sue and Frank returned and did it again in early 2004. From then on we were hooked.
We have three young adult children who also love getting out into the Australian bush. They have been camping with us since they were babies.
Clare , the eldest, has completed the Outdoor Education Degree at La Trobe University in Bendigo. She is probably the most experienced hiker in the family. She has contributed to "Our Hiking Blog" on a post about vegetarian hiking food and has joined us on several trips.
In late 2008 she paddled the Franklin River in Tasmania as the last exercise for her degree. She has guided on the Overland Track with Cradle Mountain Huts, and is currently working at Someset Ourdoor Education Centre in N.S.W.
Hannah took an extended break between Year 12 and commencing University. She spent 2007 and 2008 in the UK and is currently studying International Relations at Monash University in Melbourne . Hannah undertook a walk with Wollangarra and she wrote a trip report about the Bogong High Plains and the Australian Alps Walking Track
Tom is currently "studying" for year 12 and when we can get him away from his computer games, enjoys a camping or hiking trip. He joined us on our trip to Hinchinbrook Island and the Thorsborne Trail in 2007 and in late 2008 completed a walk with us between The Walls of Jerusalum and Cradle Mountain.
In this blog we are sharing our experiences so that anyone else who attempts these walks might get some practical information about them or just to have a bit of fun reading our stories. We also encourage guest posters who have undertaken walks so that their experiences can be shared with our readers. Please contact us by email if you would like to contribute.
In addition, because we cannot hike all the time, (unfortunately) we also post a few tit bits about other great sites we have stumbled across or just information that appeals to us.
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Welcome to "Our Hiking Blog"