The Heavy Hiker

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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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Puffed Out and Proud

Do you ever see other people when you’re out on the trails? I do. Often.  And for a moment I’m embarrassed.

I’m embarrassed because I’m puffing and panting and red in the face. I’m embarrassed because my clothes aren’t right and my water bottle has leaked, soaking my backpack.

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Bush First Aid

There have been many instances where I have been grateful that I am pretty pedantic when it comes to first aid kit up-keep. The Angry Hiker has often shaken his head at me while I review what I have in the first aid kit before setting off on what will be a short journey, close the civilisation and not in difficult terrain. But I do it anyway.

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Plus Size Hiking Apparel as Common as Unicorn Tears

Choosing what to wear when you go hiking can be a bit of a task. It’s worse when you’re overweight.

The reality is that hiking wear is not readily available if you happen to be over a size 14/16. The big brands just don’t stock it.

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Solo Hiking – Staying Safe

Safety is a huge concern these days. Safety when you’re out on the trails is no different.

For this reason a lot of people prefer group hiking as opposed to solo hiking and I can understand why, but I have to wonder if you’re missing out.

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Trail Events Perth WA

Motivation is a funny thing. It can come and go like the wind.

When you have it, you have the ability to soar to your fullest potential. When you don’t have it, it can be difficult to even manage the normal day-to-day things you know you must do.

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Trail Pride

Trail walking is increasing in popularity. The benefit of this is that local councils and community organisations are getting on board and creating some really impressive trails.

Dwellingup is gearing up for some major improvements to it’s trail networks and are looking to create a hub, connecting them all- great hey! I’m excited!

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Wistful Wanderlust and The Responsibilities of Life

I love nomadic traveller movies and books. They capture my heart.

My all-time favourite is the 2007 movie ‘Into The Wild’ – the story about Christopher McCandless and his attempts to escape his ‘normal’ existence by burning all his money, giving away all his possessions and setting off on a nomadic journey ultimately taking him into the Alaskan wilderness.

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What’s Weight Got to Do With It?

There are a LOT of great hiking blogs out there these days.

By no means do I put myself in the same category of some of the career hiking bloggers that have devoted themselves to equipping and informing hikers everywhere. Not by a long shot.

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Hiking With Kids – Easier Than It Sounds

It’s school holidays, which means the kids are in your face, pestering you for food whilst coming down with a serious case of the “I’m Boreds”

In Western Australia we have access to great family hikes that are suitable for kids.

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