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Hiking the Heysen

Day 43 – Tanunda (Rest Day)
1 month ago

Day 43 – Tanunda (Rest Day)

Imagine you’d just hiked 800 kilometres through South Australia’s remote wilderness. At times you’d starved, run out of water, had your face lashed by torrential rain and your arms scorched …
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Day 44 – Tanunda to Rossiters Hut
1 month ago

Day 44 – Tanunda to Rossiters Hut

On paper, Day 44 was super simple – a short 11.34 kilometres on a postcard-perfect day lay between me and Rossiters Hut. However, the straightforward path included one mental hurdle that I had …
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Day 45 – Rossiters Hut to Rocky Paddock Campground
1 month ago

Day 45 – Rossiters Hut to Rocky Paddock Campground

Life can often feel like you’re treading water; like you’re not making any noticeable gains toward your goals. However, creating regular milestones and constant reminders of your progress help reaffirm …
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Day 46 – Rocky Paddock Campground to Scotts Shelter
1 month ago

Day 46 – Rocky Paddock Campground to Scotts Shelter

After leaving the flat Barossa Valley on Day 44, I knew I was in for some bumps. The undulating Adelaide Hills would begin on Day 46 and promptly introduce endless …
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Day 47 – Scotts Shelter to Grandpa’s Camp
1 month ago

Day 47 – Scotts Shelter to Grandpa’s Camp

After trekking 853 kilometres over seven and a half weeks, it was no surprise that my body had started to deteriorate. While I’d had a glimpse of my fatigue following an …
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Day 48 – Grandpa’s Camp to Norton Summit
2 months ago

Day 48 – Grandpa’s Camp to Norton Summit

There are several exceptionally hilly days on the Heysen Trail; the climb up Mount Arden on Day 9, the hike over the 929-metre Mount Bryan on Day 29 and my …
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Day 49 – Norton Summit to Woodhouse Activity Centre
2 months ago

Day 49 – Norton Summit to Woodhouse Activity Centre

My journey to date was filled with smiling faces, helping hands and unimaginable displays of kindness. While South Australia’s astonishing scenery often receives my daily praise, the support I’d received …
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Day 36 – Huppatz Hut to Webb Gap Campsite
2 months ago

Day 36 – Huppatz Hut to Webb Gap Campsite

Since leaving the rustic Flinders Ranges, I had seen more green paddocks than you could shake a forest’s worth of sticks at. After several heavy rainfalls over the past few …
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Day 37 – Webb Gap Campsite to Smith Hill Campsite
2 months ago

Day 37 – Webb Gap Campsite to Smith Hill Campsite

There are ‘meh’ moments on any long-distance trail. While most days are beyond captivating, it’s inevitable on a journey of this length that repetitious terrain and dismal weather become discouraging. …
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Day 38 – Smith Hill Campsite to Marrabel
2 months ago

Day 38 – Smith Hill Campsite to Marrabel

Since leaving the domesticated comforts of Burra on Day 34, my journey along the Heysen Trail had been brutal. Bouts of apocalyptic weather and an arduous crisscrossing route over Tothill …
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