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Great Walks October/November 2018

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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the simple things

“Cosily snuggled down in my rain jacket I was reminded of the Japanese practice of ‘ forest bathing’, or shinrinyoku, a national health program introduced by the Japanese government in 1982. It’s not a bath where you jump into a tub; this is more sublime and a great way to reconnect with nature in a simple yet profound way. All it requires is for one to go into the bush, breathe deeply and be at peace. It’s absolutely wizard! As I happily ambled along in my little hooded world I could feel the benefit of our six days abstinence from civilisation...” I LOVE this quote from Ian Trevaskis’ story pg 39. The idea that you can be externally and internally cleansed by nature is beautiful. In the wilderness we become part…

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this month’s contributors

Bob Huggett Bob is a semiretired academic who has trekked in every continent except Africa and turned 70 on Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit. Ian Anderson Ian lives in Townsville with his wife, Julia. They enjoy bushwalking, trailrunning and mountain biking in north Qld. Dr Erika Jacobson Erika is an educator, business owner and passionate adventurer who loves walking & helping people reconnect with nature and creativity. Dan Bateman Dan lives in Tasmania and has a passion for multi-day hiking to challenge himself and explore the magnificent outdoors.…

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the murray river walk

The Murray River is Australia’s most iconic waterway. It rises in the Australian Alps, draining the western side of our highest mountains, and then meanders across the inland plains, forming the border between the states of NSW and Victoria as it flows to the northwest into South Australia. The Murray River Walk is the only guided walk that allows you to discover this beautiful waterway on foot whilst staying in unique houseboat accommodation. This 4-day/3-night walking experience takes you through ancient red gum forests and spectacular floodplain wetlands. Daily your houseboat cruises to the new walking destination, the view from your bedroom window never the same. Nightly, your guides prepare three courses showcasing native ingredients and local Riverland produce with menu designed by a renowned native food chef, Andrew Fielke. Sounds…

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walk & talk

Well read Hi Great Walks, I was so excited that the new issue was out that I came to the top of Kunanyi/ Mt Wellington just to read it. Happy Days! Brent Gray, via email Wow, thanks Brent, we’re really honoured! Make sure you check out our Mount Wellington walk on pg 52 on the disappearing tarn! – Ed Hooray for Hollyford I want to thank Great Walks for the opportunity to walk NZ’s Hollyford Track after winning your competition. My sister and I had a wonderful time and would highly recommend the Hollyford Track guided walk. We spent an unforgettable three days exploring the magical Hollyford River valley. Our guides Mark and Susanne shared many stories about the history of the area as well as their knowledge of the plants and birds we saw…

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this month’s winning letter

Best foot forward In reference to last issue’s ‘walk yourself young’ theme, I would like to affirm your thinking. When my husband died I was 57, exhausted and unfit. Next year, by chance, I was at a forum which showcased the Camino de Santiago. I was hooked. I started walking. The first attempt in 2014 with family on the Portuguese Camino was aborted after the first day. Undeterred, next year a friend and I walked the Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago, 780km, finishing January 2016. Then we walked the Portuguese Camino from Tui to Santiago finishing January 2018, 240km. In 2019 I will attempt the Camino on my own, St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago. It has changed my life. I have lost over 20kg and…

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family ties

I was a late bloomer when it came to discovering what I like to call ‘adventure hiking’. It may have been that I had more discretionary time because my children had by then become less dependent. Or it may have been that my children, by then young adults, had become the perfect hiking buddies. And so began my memorable and exciting hiking years. Although I had always loved half day walks I was now able to venture on multi-day hikes, with a varying crew of people which nearly always included my daughter. Her university years with their seemingly continual semester breaks gave the perfect opportunities for annual multi-day hikes, and even when she entered full time employment and got married, our hiking plans continued. Hiking long distances with a pack is not…