I’ve decided to write a year in review, as I’m itching to get out on a long walk but know that there is simply no time with all the upcoming festivities filling the days.
2017 was a year of challenges. In April I participated in Caro Ryan’s “30 days to overnight hiking challenge,” which enabled my first overnighter on the Great North Walk. Then around September I joined OneSight’s GO2020 initiative, walking to raise money for an eye care charity. This merged into an international challenge called Ready Set See and I ended up raising the most money out of all of the Australian participants! I just want to say a big thank you to all who donated, shared and otherwise offered support. It meant a lot to me and the money has made a difference to some peoples lives.
Both of these challenges allowed me to connect online with new people and I quite enjoyed it. I think 2018 will have me heading out on some non-solo hikes, maybe joining a club? My main mode will still be solo though, I love being in control of my own time and pace.
These challenges also pushed me to explore my local area and I have found so many new and exiting trails and lookouts that I now think I live in the most beautiful place in Australia!
In 2018, I need to finish off the Great North Walk, something I was never in a hurry to finish but it is now leaving daywalk territory to become a multi day hike, at least as far as a solo hiker is concerned. Really hard to arrange transport to the more remote spots. I’d also like to experience some snow on a hike. I purchased some Yaktrax from Wild Earth on a whim so I think I definitely need to scratch that itch this year!
I would also like to head into new territory, not sure where though. There are a lot of smaller walks that I head out on that never make it to my blog as they are usually with my children but I always snap a few photo’s to share on instagram or facebook. I’ll wrap this up some of my favourite pictures including from my instagram account www.instagram.com/solo_hiker. Have a happy and safe New Year!