The Bibbulmun Track: WA Weather Woes

You can make the best preparations possible, fine tune everything to the minutest detail, but, at the end of the day, you are always at the mercy of the weather. Sitting off the south-west coast of Australia, in the mighty Southern Ocean, there have been a monotonous succession of low fronts that, for August andContinue reading “The Bibbulmun Track: WA Weather Woes”

The Bibbulmun Track: final UK preparations

I expected the last week of preparation to be a little more hectic, but I have managed to get virtually everything done with time to spare and I have been able to focus my attention on issues at work and home. There was one matter I couldn’t help but tinker with, though; my choice ofContinue reading “The Bibbulmun Track: final UK preparations”

The Bibbulmun Track: my kit

On the 27 September 2013, I started out on a journey of 1000 km, walking the Bibbulmun Track, in South-Western Australia, to raise money for Epilepsy Action. Below is a list of the gear I took; Pack System Item Make Weight (g) Rucksack Lowe Alpine TFX Kibo 65 Litre 1830     1830 Shelter System ItemContinue reading “The Bibbulmun Track: my kit”

The Bibbulmun Track: Food

Organising food for a trek in Australia, before you enter the country, can be problematic. Aussie Quarantine laws restrict certain food stuffs being bought into the country, so you cannot bring in your favourite meals, bought or personally de-hydrated, and you have to do all your shopping when you arrive. I learnt this, to myContinue reading “The Bibbulmun Track: Food”

The Bibbulmun Track: An outback office

Another week laid low with some pesky chest complaint left me with the opportunity to put together this little piece exploring how I’ll be blogging on the Bibbulmun Track and keeping everyone back home up to date on my progress. Google Nexus 7 For a while, it seemed as if I was searching for aContinue reading “The Bibbulmun Track: An outback office”

The Bibbulmun Track: a budget and a spot of belt tightening

With over 16 months to go, I have just transferred the first £100 into a bank account, which will now be known as my “Bibbulmun Track Fund”. The balance now stands at a paltry £100.14; a long long way to make my target. I can now see that walking the 965 kilometres is only aContinue reading “The Bibbulmun Track: a budget and a spot of belt tightening”

The Bibbulmun Track: my next charity challenge

After my April 2012 trek in Tasmania, I returned to Perth, where I arranged a day trip down to the Tree Top Walkway and Valley of the Giants, in the South-West corner of the state. Whilst at the walkway, I spotted a sign to the Bibbulmun Track, which passes through the region. It reminded meContinue reading “The Bibbulmun Track: my next charity challenge”

Australia: Overland Track Day 2 – Waterfall Valley to Windermere

Common consensus amongst everyone in the hut was that they were all going to skip Windermere Hut and crack on to New Pelion. This meant that, unless any of today’s starters skipped Waterfall Valley, I was in for a quiet night! I set off about 8:30 am. It was a short leg of 7.75 kmContinue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 2 – Waterfall Valley to Windermere”

Australia: Overland Track Day 1 – Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley

9am – Started in the rain, accompanied by a bushwalker setting off on the Horse Track for a day walk. The weather soon cleared up and we soon parted company at a junction, as I laboured up to Crater Lake. One thing was abundantly clear; I was going to struggle! Many would argue that anContinue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 1 – Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley”