Author: Neil Fahey

When shit happens: Reflections from a PLB rescue in the Budawangs

Shit happens. It doesn’t matter how experienced or knowledgeable you are. When you put yourself at the mercy of the bush, there’s always a chance that something will go wrong. It pays to be prepared. Nathan was pretty lucky he had brought along a PLB emergency beacon when he and a mate set off for The Castle and Mount Owen from Long Gully, on the south coast of New South Wales. Both experienced hikers, they couldn’t have possibly predicted what went wrong on their adventure but they handled their situation well and sought help when they absolutely needed to....

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Mount Bushwalker Walking Track – Morton National Park – New South Wales (Bare Bones Bushwalking)

The Budawang Range is a unique and incredibly beautiful feature on the south coast of New South Wales, well known and loved by bushwalkers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Although it’s especially well known for it’s rugged, wild terrain, there’s at least one place where those lower down the fitness scale can experience its unbelievable views first hand – the Mount Bushwalker Walking Track. – descend a management vehicle track for a short time before turning off into the scrub – so many birds and lizards – boardwalks and stumps to cross in places where the ground may be particularly...

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Black Hill Ridge Circuit – Black Hill Reserve – Kyneton (Bare Bones Bushwalking)

Driving through the countryside north of Kyneton, you can’t miss Black Hill. Apart from being the most distinctive feature of the landscape, it actually does appear somewhat black due to being strewn with massive granite boulders. This image is probably helped along by the blackened tree trunks, a remnant of the 2015 bushfires that burnt most of the reserve. This circuit hike mixes the two walks in the reserve that are well known to locals – the Base Circuit and Ridge Track – to give a good overall idea of the park’s features. Starting clockwise on the Base Circuit...

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Bucket List: 8 of the best outdoor adventures in Norway

Image courtesy of Jan-Helge69, on flickr Norwegians hold their relationship with nature as part of their national identity. Every weekend the city highways are clogged with people answering the call of their country’s mountains and coastlines. It’s not hard to see why. Norway’s diverse, rugged landscape is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords. More than a thousand of them line almost its entire coastline. Inland, high plateaus and mountain peaks, thousands of lakes, and even ice-age glaciers are a haven for all kinds of nature-based activities. “The view was beautiful: blue sea, with glittering patches of drift-ice,...

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Review: Victorinox SwissTool Spirit – A lightweight and compact multi-tool

Although there are plenty of existing options on the market, Victorinox now has multi-tool offerings that rival the more established brands, with a solid set of features and the build quality you would expect from such an established knifemaker. The SwissTool Spirit is a classic multi tool design based around a set of pliers and boasting more than a dozen tools with more than two dozen applications. With a relatively lightweight and elegant form, there’s every reason a multi-tool such as this will become an “everyday carry” item. The SwissTool Spirit can be found from around $150 AUD, a...

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