Sole Sisters annual New Zealand Great Walk for 2019 was the four-day Tongariro Northern Circuit around Mt Ngauruhoe (2287 m, aka Mt Doom in The Lord of the Rings films), including a section of the Tongariro Alpine Circuit. Ten ladies joined the trip this year including one brave soul new to multi-day hiking…. [Continue reading]
A large group of eleven sole sisters took off in November 2018 to explore Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania. The Island is located about 60 minutes drive north of Hobart plus a 40 minute ferry ride. It is famous for its convict heritage, abundance of wildlife, pristine beaches, sweeping bays and dramatic cliffs. We decided to stay 4 nights on the island using The Penitentiary as our base…. [Continue reading]
Encounters on the Edge
Each day, 48 hikers set off from Port Arthur on this popular four day walk on the Tasman peninsula. The Three Capes Track should be walked slowly with friends or family: resting at the whimsical story seats, admiring the craft of the track makers, immersing your senses in the diversity of flora and dramatic cliff top views across the southern ocean…. [Continue reading]
A group of adventurous Sole Sisters and partners journeyed to South Africa in March 2018 to hike the Northern Drakensberg Traverse. This traverse is considered to be one of the world’s top 10 walks, and we couldn’t wait to get up there. It would be a shame to go all the way from Australia to South Africa without seeing a few more sights though, so we added a week of fun and sightseeing before we tackled the mountains.
It was 10 brave souls who set out on a somewhat chilly Autumn morning in late April to brave the ‘Red Track’ in Bungonia National Park. Trying not to be disheartened by the numerous warnings on the entry sign, we scrambled and slid down the steep goat track that took us down into Slot Canyon, grateful of our poles for support…. [Continue reading]
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.
Frenchy’s Cafe, in Headland Park, is a great starting point for stair training, with at least two possible routes. The path from Headland Park down to Chowder Bay and on to Bradley’s Head offers a number of stair interval training opportunities, including Sarah’s Walk and Taylors Bay stairs. Alternatively, in the other direction are Balmoral Steps and Barney Kearns Steps. The reward is coffee back at Frenchy’s when you are done!
Stair challenges are a quick and effective way to improve your fitness. Walk them, run them or bound up two at a time. To liven up my Sydney CBD workday routine, I went looking for some lunchtime stairs in Sydney, exploring Barangaroo, Millers Point and Dawes Point west of the Harbour Bridge. The rule I set myself was at least 50 steps with a nice recovery run or walk to link the sets of stairs into a circuit…. [Continue reading]
Stair training in the bush has some advantages over training in the city (Barangaroo) or suburbs (Mosman). It’s usually shady, less crowded, and the walk in on the track and out again afterwards provides a nice warm-up and cool-down. Here are some of our favourite training stairs in Garigal, Lane Cove and Ku-ring-gai National Parks…. [Continue reading]