A group of seven of us ventured to New Zealand for what seems to have become an annual destination to complete one of their Great Walks. After walking the Heaphy Track last year, this time the Routeburn Track was selected. This track is generally a 2 night/3 day tramp and is located in the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring regions, not far from Queenstown. The Routeburn Track is possibly the next most popular walk in New Zealand (after the Milford Track) and it’s stunning scenery deserves such a reputation. It covers 36km of scenic alpine vistas, lush moss and lichen filled forests, spectacular and abundant waterfalls, lakes (in that wonderful azure glacial blue), gorges and mountain views.
Looking for a time efficient and effective way to increase overall fitness? Stair training is relatively low impact exercise and you don’t need any fancy gear or equipment, just a decent pair of shoes. We are blessed with well-maintained stairs and tracks in our local National Parks, but any set of stairs will do. And stair training is free…. [Continue reading]
The three day South East Circuit at Wilsons Prom on the southern most point of mainland Australia is regarded as one of the best multi-day walks in Australia. We booked a long weekend trip, excited by the opportunity to sleep in a remote lighthouse as well as by the promise of secret beaches, granite rocks and forests. … [Continue reading]
At 5am, in bucketing rain, I wonder how many of our walkers today will turn up to the fifth leg of the Summer Ocean Pool Challenge. By 6am, the rain seems to have eased and the forecast is for clear skies after 7am. It is however cold, but this is a welcome relief from the scorching temperatures of Bondi to Coogee last weekend. I pack a rain jacket and head out the door…. [Continue reading]
Who walks 12km on the day that Sydney is the hottest place on the planet? Fortunately for us, we had seven pools to swim on this section of our Summer Ocean Pool Challenge. We hopped over the harbour to follow on from last weekend’s walk Collaroy to Manly, starting today at world famous Bondi beach.
We start the third leg of our Summer Ocean Pool Challenge in soft drizzle, a welcome relief from the hot summer days. While the rain is cool, the water in the pools is warm, and we are used to walking in wet swimming togs. After only four pools last week from Bilgola to Narrabeen, today is a big day with seven pools to swim and 14km of bush and beach…. [Continue reading]
A week after swimming the rock pools from Palm Beach to Avalon, we were back for the second leg of our Summer Ocean Pool Challenge, waiting for the bus at Berry’s Reserve, Narrabeen on another bright, sunshiney day. We stepped off the bus at the Bilgola bus stop, and hiked down to the beach along the bush track…. [Continue reading]
Sunday, 10 December 2017, dawned with blue sky and plenty of promise. The conditions were perfect for launching our Summer Ocean Pool Challenge…. [Continue reading]
Our summer challenge: to walk the Sydney ocean coastline from Palm Beach south to Cronulla over a series of weekends in December and January, swimming one lap in each of Sydney’s great ocean pools…. [Continue reading]