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Hiking the Heysen

Day 39 – Marrabel to Marshalls Hut
2 months ago

Day 39 – Marrabel to Marshalls Hut

Benjamin Franklin once stated ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. As an American, it’s no surprise he hadn’t updated his proverbs to the metric system, but nevertheless, his …
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Day 40 – Marshalls Hut to Kapunda
2 months ago

Day 40 – Marshalls Hut to Kapunda

Over the course of your life, there are countless imaginings you’d never expect to attempt. Growing up in the Barossa Valley, the thought of walking to the seemingly remote town of …
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Day 41 – Kapunda to Greenock
2 months ago

Day 41 – Kapunda to Greenock

‘Home’ can mean many things. Some might relate the term to a physical house or place. Others may align it with spending time with family or loved ones. Others again might …
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Day 42 – Greenock to Tanunda
2 months ago

Day 42 – Greenock to Tanunda

On numerous occasions before commencing the Heysen Trail, several different parties had expressed an interest to join me on my journey. While I was enthusiastic for the company, calculating my …
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Day 29 – Hallett Railway Station to Old Mt Bryan East School
2 months ago

Day 29 – Hallett Railway Station to Old Mt Bryan East School

There’s a point, somewhere along every long-distance trail, that a hiker’s natural state of concern deteriorates. Somehow trekking 20 kilometres becomes casual, surviving off limited rations is commonplace and carrying ones livelihood …
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Day 30 – Old Mt Bryan East School to Caroona Creek Campsite
2 months ago

Day 30 – Old Mt Bryan East School to Caroona Creek Campsite

Since departing Beetaloo Creek Campsite on Day 22, the trail had primarily zigzagged through flat green terrain. While there were several diverse patches, including lofty ascents to New Campbell Hill …
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Day 31 – Caroona Creek Campsite to Wandallah Creek Shelter
2 months ago

Day 31 – Caroona Creek Campsite to Wandallah Creek Shelter

There are difficult periods on every long-distance trail. Weather, terrain, supplies, health and, of course, all-important sleep all fluctuate. A hiker’s momentum and enthusiasm can be so easily zapped on such a …
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Day 32 – Wandallah Creek Shelter to Burra
2 months ago

Day 32 – Wandallah Creek Shelter to Burra

The Heysen Trail transverses some of Australia’s most astonishingly rugged landscapes. The route runs over rocky bluffs, along jagged ridgelines and through rolling grazing hills. There were countless ups and …
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Day 33 – Burra (Rest Day)
2 months ago

Day 33 – Burra (Rest Day)

There are certain things you can always expect on a long-distance trail. Aching muscles, a constantly rumbly stomach and extreme weight-loss are inevitable on treks of exceptional length. There was, …
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Day 34 – Burra to Worlds End Hike-In Campsite
3 months ago

Day 34 – Burra to Worlds End Hike-In Campsite

Before commencing the Heysen Trail, I was advised by one experienced long-distance hiker to minimise, if possible, my number of rest days. Her suggestion seemed contrary to all of my …
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