Well, having had a few misadventures with overnight hiking I figured I’d best go back to basics and try to find a way to do some long overnight walks without straining something!
Enter the very experienced professional bushwalker and blogger Caro Ryan, of lotsafreshair.com. She has put together a 30 day to overnight hiking challenge aimed at providing the knowledge and build up of training to enable folks to head out on overnight walks with confidence!
So, in the interests of relooking at how I’m doing things to better improve my experience I’ve decided to take on the challenge.
There is a day by day task list involving training walks, gear selection, health checks, goal setting and the like. There is also a closed Facebook group for meeting others doing the challenge and it is already rather awesome! There are so many good tips already being shared.
Click here to check out the challenge!
I’m thinking that to cap off the challenge I’ll continue my great north walk hike but do an overnighter. I’m not sure how far I’ll walk or where I’ll spend the night but I’ll work on that as the challenge progresses and I start to understand my limits and needs. I’ll of course provide a full report here!
Down the track (excuse the pun) I’ll be doing the iconic six foot track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, NSW as a multi-nighter but time and other commitments will decide the schedule. I have the map already!
Anyway, if an opportunity like this comes up where you live or if you’d like to join this challenge, I’d recommend giving it a shot- it looks like it’s going to be very satisfying!
Thanks for all the support and advise you have all give me so far (even just clicking and reading my blog gives me a pick me up!). If you have any tips on how to enjoy overnight hiking please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear them. Wish me luck!