258-Is age a barrier to hiking?

Show notes

Australian life expectancy has changed over the last century. In 1900 the average life expectancy for an Australian male was around 55 whereas now it’s just on 80 years (women enjoy an additional four years). As I get older I’m becoming increasingly annoyed at societal expectations about how I’m supposed to behave. So while aging does impact on our physical endeavours is it a barrier to hiking?

In this podcast episode we discuss the impacts of ageing on hiking.

Podcast Overview

  • Podcast and Episode introduction (time index 0:01:29)
  • Life expectancy (time index 0:02:10)
    • Life expectancy 1900 vs today
    • How do we define old from an age perspective? (time index 0:06:41)
    • Societal view on age
      • Expectancies of each age group
  • When is it too late to start hiking? (time index 0:10:20)
  • Use it or loose it!
  • Pros and cons of aging – Impacts on hiking (time index 0:10:20)
  • “Zoomers” on trail (time index 0:18:25)
  • Last words (time index 0:19:44)


Close (time index 0:24:07)

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