The Heavy Hiker

Sharing Hiking Experiences in Western Australia

Plus Size Hiking Wear – Part II

It’s been a couple of years since I first complained about the lack of plus size hiking pants available and it seems that nothing has changed.

I’m still struggling to find affordable options as are a lot of you guys and do you know what, I’m so over it that I decided to do something about it!

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Mt Randall – Monadnocks Conservation Area

Well, it seems that everyone has been headed to Mt Randall over the last couple of weeks and being as I missed the summit last time I was on the Bibbulmun in this area I decided to check it out this morning and I was not disappointed by the reward!

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Lions Lookout – Kalamunda

Earlier this week I took advantage of the mild weather and headed out to Lions Lookout in Kalamunda. The trailhead is just off Welshpool Road East and actually commences at the lookout which, at first, I thought was a little odd but it turns out that the lookout to the city is actually not the best view the trail has to offer.

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Mundaring Weir > Ball Creek Campsite & Return

Today I did the thing I hate… I did a ‘there and back’ hike. I really hate covering the same ground twice but sometimes these things just can’t be helped! Walking on my own today I didn’t have the luxury of a car swap at either end and so I had no choice but to go in and out on the same trail. I will eventually be an “End to Ender” on the Bibbulmun but if this out and back thing continues I’ll have walked the darn thing twice! Anyway… enough grumbling. 

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Stacey’s Track – Serpentine National Park

This morning I dusted off my boots and headed out for a short walk in Serpentine National Park. I’d seen the markers for ‘Stacey’s Track’ when I last head out on Kitty’s Gorge so I rustled up the map I’d picked up from the Heritage Society and headed off on a beautiful, cool morning.

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Kalbarri National Park

This week we headed for Kalbarri for some much needed R & R and the spectacular coastal walks and gorges certainly didn’t disappoint!

With the Restless Hiker in tow we were only able to hit some of the shorter walks but thankfully the Kalbarri National Park doesn’t require you to walk 100’s of kilometres to enjoy the scenery.

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Wet Weather Hiking

I am a big fan of hiking in the wet. A big fan. I prefer to come home sopping wet from hard rain than overheated, sunburnt and sweaty. But, there are a few things to consider before you head out on the trails in the rain.

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Rocky Pool – Piesse Brook Kalamunda

After some consistent rains throughout the week the “To-Be-Renamed Happy Hiker formerly known as The Angry Hiker” suggested that we head out for a walk in Kalamunda to Rocky Pool. Disclaimer: We probably didn’t give this walk it’s due respect and it certainly proved a challenge for the recently turned 5,  Restless Hiker.

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Monadnocks Conservation Area – Up Hill and Down Dale

With a beautiful, frosty Sunday upon us a day trip was on the agenda. The Silver Hiker and I decided to hit Sullivan’s Rock, Mt Vincent and Mt Cuthbert then follow on the Bibbulmun to the Monadnocks campsite, popping out at Randall Road. Which was a solid plan right up until I threw a spanner in the works saying I needed to start pre-dawn in order for me to have enough time.

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Baldwin’s Bluff, Serpentine NP

This morning I was adamant I was going to get some uni work done, so I sat down at my laptop and stared at a blank screen for 20 minutes before I realised I had nothing to write. So, I blew off uni work and went in search of sun and solitude.

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