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Great Walks

Great Walks

August/Sept 2021

Great Walks is packed with gear guides, product reviews, advice on the best travel destinations, inspiring real-life accounts from seasoned walkers and practical information on specific walks and their accompanying maps. From features on the country’s best bushwalks to reviews of the latest outdoor gear, Great Walks is about discovering our amazing national parks and coastline – anywhere where there’s a walking track. Filled with lush photos, detailed walk notes and aspirational overseas destinations, Great Walks is designed to entertain and inspire.

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2 minutos
good grief

AMERICA’S Pacific Crest Trail was made famous by Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl walked 1700km of the trail in 1995 when she was 26. Here we showcase some gorgeous images from this mighty walk and include some inspiring quotes from her book. “I made it the mantra of those days; when I paused before yet another series of switchbacks or skidded down knee-jarring slopes, when patches of flesh peeled off my feet along with my socks, when I lay alone and lonely in my tent at night I asked, often out loud: Who is tougher than me? The answer was always the same, and even when I knew absolutely there was no way on this earth that it was true, I said it…

3 minutos
view from the top

NOTHING rivals the sheer thrill and elation one feels when you finally reach the top. You gaze downwards and beyond, often a full 360˚, marvelling at the contours, the green hues, the winding rivers, the solitary tarns, a vast ocean surrounded by sky, big thunderous clouds, glorious sunrises, and the setting sun’s vibrant pink hues. You cannot live, thrive, or survive without these epic views. But must there always be such a hellish climb? I love bushwalking, but I’m not a fan of going uphill. No matter how much aerobic and strength training I do, it gets no easier. Here are my tips to get you there. Use those glutes and core muscles I rely on my legs’ hamstrings, quadriceps and calf muscles to propel me up hills. They do the job,…

7 minutos
bushwalks & bird songs

SAND, sand, endless sand. The Cooloola Great Walk lies within the Great Sandy National Park, an entire region of sand stretching some 200km along the South-East Queensland coast. Over the last 500,000 years the sand has been shaped and shifted by wind, tide, storm and rainfall, creating the largest sand island in Australia, Fraser Island (K’gari to the Aboriginal people), and the mainland Cooloola sandmass, one of the largest accumulations of windblown sand on the entire Queensland coast, rising 240m high above this breath-taking coastline. The Great Sandy National Park showcases enormous sand blows, pristine sandy beaches, undulating sand dunes, rainwater-fed lakes and an interesting array of sand nourished forest types; spectacular flora and fauna also add to the hiking experience. Be prepared for an adventure, with soft sand underfoot hindering…

4 minutos
people power

WITH the inaugural Wilderness Photographer of the Year presented by Nokia comp well underway (see pg17) we thought we’d give you a few pointers on how to improve your images and your chances of winning some awesome prizes including cash, trips and mobiles phones. There are two Wilderness Photographer of the Year categories – People and Places. In this issue we’re looking at People. Just look at pretty much any photo in this issue of Great Walks and you’ll see people in the image – people walking, working, interacting with their environment or with others. Putting people in an image puts the reader in the image. So, with this in mind here are six reasons why people photos are a good thing. To give a sense of scale One of the hardest things…

7 minutos
alone time

A lot of people, especially woman, have fears about hiking alone, with the most common fear being for their safety. Often people would ask me, “Are you not scared for your safety?” My answer is: “No, I’m aware of my safety but certainly not scared.” Another fear is: “Don’t you get lonely?” Yes, sometimes you can be lonely, but you honestly are so busy enjoying the hike and what nature has to offer that you don’t have time for feeling alone. I want to address the common fears/concerns people have when thinking about hiking on their own. SCARED: What if there are weirdos, killers, creepy people out there? Who’s to say you aren’t the weird one? All kidding aside, the reality is that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world,…

1 minutos
the colorado trail, usa

When the international borders reopen in 2022 this is a walk you should put on your bucket list! Stretching 912km through the Colorado Rockies, from the Mile High city of Denver in Colorado’s north to Durango in the southwest is the iconic Colorado Trail. Built over 30 years ago and maintained by Colorado Trail Foundation volunteers, it’s one of the country’s highest multiday walks, with an average elevation of 3048m and a high point of 4053m over Coney Summit peak. Walkers enjoy the spectacularly diverse wilderness areas, canyons, mountain ranges, pristine lakes and fields of wildflowers, and wildlife, are encouraged to adhere to the ‘Care for Colorado’s seven principles of conservation and sustainability. The timeframe to hike the trail is narrow because of the deep snowpack and high chance of snow…