Keeping Clean on Kilimanjaro

One of the biggest misgivings I had when I first set my heart on climbing Kilimanjaro was the question of cleanliness. Never a natural outdoorswoman, I came late to the joys of the great outdoors and while I love day hikes, I was a relative noob at multi day camping. Climbing Kilimanjaro on the Rongai…

Climbing Kilimanjaro: The Rongai Route

When I first started thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro, the logistics of even just getting started seemed difficult enough. There was so much to think about – the best time to climb, which operator to choose, how to train, what I should wear, which route I should choose to ascend to Africa’s highest peak? I’d previously…

The Mountain is Waiting

After months of preparation, armchair research, weekends spent tramping up and down National Parks, and countless trips to adventure stores, it’s finally here. The adventure starts today. In a sense it doesn’t quite seem real yet. There’s been so much “normal life” to sort out that this trip still feels far off, intangible, surreal. I’m…

What to Wear: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

You’ve decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, your training’s going pretty well and now you’ve settled down to pack for your high endurance, but extremely rewarding adventure. The key to packing for an activity like this is to have an idea of what you’re going to be wear while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro from Day 1. You…

The Most Beautiful Places in New Zealand

With its staggering beautiful scenery, wonderfully welcoming locals and vast areas of deserted landscape, New Zealand is a tiny pocket of pure magic.  The same size as England, with only a quarter of the population, you’re likely to stumble across more sheep than humans in this ethereal country, so it’s the perfect place to escape…

Travel Tip: What to pack for Australia

Going Downunder? Deciding what to pack for Australia can be challenging. The country’s diverse environments and climates, along with a plethora of available nature activities, coupled with sophisticated urban cities and the great outdoors often mean you need to be prepared for every situation when deciding what to wear travelling around Australia. ere are 5…

A Slice of Paradise on Earth: Cinque Terre, The Five Villages, Italy

The train to Cinque Terre Termini Station is like every other train station in the world, hustling, bustling, filled with the shriek of steel-on-steel and the whistle of trains pulling in and out. We’ve just made it, Italian regional trains being the usual (un)dependable sort they are. I run ahead, holding on to my hat…

Barrington Tops NP: Hiking the Rocky Crossing Track

Located an easy three hours drive away from Sydney, Barrington Tops National Park covers an area of more than 95,000 hectares. There is lush rainforest, rushing streams and gurgling waterfalls, all accessible by hiking, biking or 4WD-ing, the choice is up to you! On a long weekend from Sydney, we drove up for a wee…