166-Take a Hike

Show notes

In 2016 well known research company, Roy Morgan, undertook a study on hiking (bushwalking) and unsurprisingly found that the proportions of Australians who participate on a regular basis was on the increase and in 2015 accounted for 27.3% of the population (more than 5.3 million Australians). From my perspective these figures are backed up by the increased number of people that we are seeing on the trail and while many of the people may only hike every now and again this is definitely the Australian pastime, and one that people do throughout their lives.

This podcast episode is aimed fairly and squarely at new hikers and is designed to provide a simple overview of the considerations to get ‘out bush’, in a manner that will hopefully increase your enjoyment, as well as reduce any anxiety/fears that you may have.

Podcast overview

In this episode we talk considerations for about my upcoming yearly big hike, the planning process and the reasons for my decision:

  • Podcast introduction
  • Episode context (time index 00:02:51)
  • Things to consider (time index 00:03:49)
    • Keep things simple (time index 00:03:56)
    • Plan your hike (time index 00:03:56)
    • Fit to hike (time index 00:05:55)
    • Check the weather (time index 00:06:50)
    • Dress for success (time index 00:09:50)
    • Water (time index 00:11:16)
    • Food (time index 00:13:04)
    • Gear- A generic overview (time index 00:015:20)
    • Snakes (time index 00:18:09)
    • Tell a friend (time index 00:20:43)
  • Gear specifics (time index 00:21:54)
    • Clothing (time index 00:22:56)
    • The Backpack (time index 00:24:22)
    • Water storage (time index 00:25:30)
    • Footwear (time index 00:26:22)
    • Hat (time index 00:27:14)
    • Sunglasses (time index 00:28:32)
    • Sunscreen, water resistant SPF 30+ and/or insect repellant (time index 00:28:40)
    • First Aid Kit (time index 00:29:530)
    • Toilet paper and trowel (time index 00:30:16)
  • Final thoughts (time index 00:32:10)
  • Next weeks episode (time index 00:34:08)

Close (time index 00:35:06)


The following written articles will provide more in-depth detail than just the basic information mentioned in this podcast:

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