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Great Walks

Great Walks August/September 2019

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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preparation saves lives

A May inquest into the death of 55-year-old bushwalker Trevor John Tolputt, who died on Tasmania’s Overland Track in the winter of 2016, found he “tragically brought about his own demise by a series of poor decisions”. On Tuesday May 21, 2019 Coroner Olivia McTaggart handed down her findings and found that Mr Tolputt died on July 14, 2016, as a result of hypothermia while walking alone in what the coroner describes as “freezing, snowy conditions” on the physically and psychologically challenging Overland Track. He had been walking for six days and was about a kilometre from the Narcissus Hut at the Lake St Clair end of the track. From the hut he would have caught the 40-minute ferry to the Lake St Clair visitors centre. Ms McTaggart said a fellow bushwalker…

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this month’s contributors

Michael Dillon Michael has been an outdoor filmmaker for 50 years, working with Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir David Attenborough, and many others. Rowena Scott Rowena enjoys bushwalking, paddling her kayak and cycling as a means of being outdoors in beautiful, natural places. Linda Botting Linda is a travel writer and photographer. She loves to travel the world in search of new social walking trails. David Wardle David is an enthusiastic bushwalker living in Canberra which provides great access to Namadgi, the Snowies and beyond.…

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the great gift

Last year marked 100 years since the end of the Great War. In the early years following WWI, three very special gifts were made to the UK’s National Trust to look after on behalf of the nation. The first mountain to be gifted to the people of Great Britain was Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, by Lord Leconfield. Then Castle Crag was given as a memorial to ‘the men of Borrowdale’, a popular local town. Shortly afterwards, 12 Lake District summits were given to the Trust by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club in memory of the fallen. This included famous climbing crags and a large gift of land surrounding the iconic peak of Great Gable. It was described at the time as the “world’s greatest war memorial.” You won’t find…

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this month’s winning letter

The important things I was touched by the words and sentiments of fellow reader Tracey Polglaze (GRW April-May 2019). Tracey submitted the winning photo in Picture Perfect and whilst I loved the photo it was the words “It is my privilege now to take my turn at being guide” that brought tears to my eyes. To take her elderly dad, Max, with his short term memory loss to the parks he remembers so fondly, she is a very caring, thoughtful and beautiful person. In our busy lives we forget that giving time and reliving memories with our older family members is one of the greatest gifts we can give them in their later years. Please pass on my thanks to Tracey, she prompted me to take my mum on a trip…

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walk & talk

Island life I I read with interest the article on the Cocos Keeling Islands (Reef Encounters, GRW June-July 2019). I’m soon heading to Cocos, and would like to do the walk, but have some questions for Rik such as, if the walk connecting the chain of islands takes 10 hours and can only be done at low tide, how is it logistically possible to get low tide the whole way? Thanks, and congrats on a very nice magazine. Peter Koopman Dear Peter, firstly, great news that you are planning to visit Cocos. It is an incredible destination. Your question regarding the walk and the appropriate tides is a terrific one. The walk itself can really be broken up into three different sections. The initial section from Home Island to South Island consists of…

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three capes, three cheers

A year before my 60th birthday, I decided a challenge would be the best way to celebrate my ‘coming of age’. I sent out an invitation to about 17 friends, gathered over my lifetime, to see if any were interested in joining me on the four-day Three Capes walk in Tasmania. I thought maybe three or four would be willing and able, but to my surprise twelve others, from four states, committed to getting fit for the journey. For some it was their first time camping or hiking, and for most it was the first time carrying a pack. We had fun planning the equipment required and working out yummy but lightweight food. One of my friends, partway through the training and planning phase, suggested a cruise would be a much…