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Hiking the Heysen

Heysen Trail Food Plan
4 months ago

Heysen Trail Food Plan

Once I had outlined my trail itinerary and organised my resupply plan, my next step was to decide what I’d eat for the next 2 months. Each dish needed to be nutritious, …
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Heysen Trail In the Press
4 months ago

Heysen Trail In the Press

In the Press Date Press Release Aug 2018 East & Hills Messenger (Online and Print)

Read ‘Josh West will spend the next two months hiking the 1200km Heysen Trail to fundraise …
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‘Josh treks for a cause’
4 months ago

‘Josh treks for a cause’

Published in The Leader Newspaper, October 2018.

Having grown up in the Barossa Valley, one man’s fascination for South Australia’s Heysen Trail recently led him to complete the 1,200-kilometre adventure.


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Day 35 – World’s End Hike-In Campsite to Huppatz Hut
4 months ago

Day 35 – World’s End Hike-In Campsite to Huppatz Hut

By the end of Week Five, I had experienced a glut of astonishing South Australian landscapes. I’d hiked over steepling ranges, through rolling paddocks, amongst fledgling crops, into dense conservation parklands, …
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Heysen Trail Resupply Plan
4 months ago

Heysen Trail Resupply Plan

After coordinating my itinerary, I began organising supply boxes to be dropped and stored along the route. Pre-purchasing and delivering boxes full of toilet paper, fuel canisters, Heysen Trail maps …
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Day 22 – Beetaloo Creek Campsite to Crystal Brook
4 months ago

Day 22 – Beetaloo Creek Campsite to Crystal Brook

For the most part, the terrain throughout the Flinders Ranges was immaculately untamed. While there were bursts of groomed vegetation en route to Wilmington on Day 14 and alongside the rain-soaked paths …
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Day 23 – Crystal Brook to Hiskey’s Hut
4 months ago

Day 23 – Crystal Brook to Hiskey’s Hut

At times on the trail, I felt truly isolated. Despite the constant support and steady stream of encouraging messages, there were moments I couldn’t help but feel emotionally separated on …
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Day 24 – Hiskey’s Hut to Curnow’s Hut
4 months ago

Day 24 – Hiskey’s Hut to Curnow’s Hut

I’m not sure you’ll find anybody who believes long distance hiking is easy. In fact, it stretches every fibre of your being. You are pushed mentally, physically, emotionally and even …
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Day 25 – Curnow’s Hut to Bundaleer Weir Campsite
4 months ago

Day 25 – Curnow’s Hut to Bundaleer Weir Campsite

On the trail, you can do little else but ponder your existence. On any given day you can think about the direction of your life, food, potential career opportunities, food, …
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Day 26 – Bundaleer Weir Campsite to Spalding
4 months ago

Day 26 – Bundaleer Weir Campsite to Spalding

Suffering aches and pains are part and parcel of life as a long-distance hiker. Whether it’s your legs, feet, arms, back or bum, you will inevitably pick up niggles somewhere …
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