“What are you training for?” asks a bemused bush walker as our busy group of women in their multi-coloured backpacks goes up and over the hill. “Life” is the answer.
Aren’t we lucky to live in Sydney with all it’s glorious opportunities to get active in nature with friends?
Fitness walking in the bush for women
We are a social group of women who enjoy regular outdoor fitness in the bush of Sydney. Some of us are training for specific adventures or events, but most of us are training to get fit, to keep fit, and to enjoy life. Outdoors in nature with our mates is a great place to work our bodies and renew our souls.
We favour walking in the bush, usually in National Parks such as Garigal (Middle Harbour), Lane Cove, Ku-ring-gai Chase, Berowra Valley and Sydney Harbour.
Our bush walking includes endurance and interval training. We use backpacks for added resistance. The unpredictability of bush tracks provides a balance and agility workout. We train weekly, but as our training is free, you need not worry if you can’t make a session due to work or family commitments. We understand life gets in the way sometimes.
We document our training walk routes on our blog. Our 2 and 3 hours sessions are usually 6-11km with 300m or more ascent at a good pace, primarily in Sydney’s north.
The “Walking for Pleasure” program
We are a Walking for Pleasure – NSW Sport and Recreation group.
All our walks are strenuous with steep ascents or descents over rough terrain suitable for fit and experienced walkers only. All our walks are graded “Hard” as per the Walking for Pleasure gradings.
Individual walks documented on this site are graded from 3 to 5 using the Australian Walking Tracks Grading System.
Gear, weather and safety
No training if weather forecast is 37 degrees or higher, or electrical storms. We walk in the rain, so bring rain gear and a towel or change of clothes in the car. If fire rating is Severe or higher, a Total Fire Ban day, or National Parks are closed, we cancel our walks or move to a safer place, such as the beach.
We all have a responsibility for safety. We each carry first aid kits and work to improve our navigation skills.
Read this first
Please read this first before using or relying on any GPS tracks or other information on this website.