It’s time again for our big hike for the year and for 2019 it’s the Hume and Hovell Track. The Hume and Hovell Track is located wholly in the state of NSW with the northern trail head in Yass, just outside of Canberra, and the southern trail head 426 km to the south in Albury on the NSW/Victorian border.
This hike follows the approximate route of the Hume and Hovell expedition in 1824. These days there are a few new dams in the way and in an attempt to minimise construction costs, the route isn’t the exact one that Hume and Hovell undertook but its very close.
Now I have my big annual hikes picked out for the next four years and have the basics mapped out even for those hikes years in the future. In fact, I’m more ahead in my planning for next year’s long distance hike. This year is different. I usually start my detailed planning at least two years out from the start date and while the decision to do this hike occurred around 18 months ago, I only really started on the basic planning earlier this year.
Due to personal reasons it’s taken me until about two weeks ago to confirm the actual itinerary and even then the linch pin, the boat travel across Lake Burrinjuck, what determines our direction of travel and actual start date, was only confirmed this morning. We start on the 1 September! Now for those of you paying attention you may have noticed the plural pronouns and yes Gill will be joining me this year. As strange as it sounds, planning for a solo hike is actually an easier process (more on that in coming weeks).
Over the coming 34 days we will be posting at regular intervals, initially once a week and then daily in the final two weeks on this section of our website as we ramp up our preparation and planning for this hike. Over the hike we will also be posting as phone and data signal allows.
In the next few weeks the Australian Hiker podcast will dedicate an episode to our trip and we will talk you through what is one of Australia’s lesser known long distance tracks. We will also be recording and releasing podcasts on the trail as well, so you can hear the highs and lows as they happen.
We look forward to sharing this fantastic experience with you!
It’s time again for our big hike for the year and for 2019 it’s the Hume and Hovell Track. The Hume and Hovell Track is located wholly in the state of NSW with the northern trail head in Yass, just outside of Canberra, and the southern trail head 426 km to the south in Albury […]