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The reality of solo hiking a long-distance trail
3 weeks ago

The reality of solo hiking a long-distance trail

By  •  Heysen Trail

The date was October 10, and I had just completed my 58th day of hiking South Australia’s long-distance Heysen Trail. With my tent frantically flapping around me from Cobbler Hill’s …
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Heysen Trail FAQ
1 month ago

Heysen Trail FAQ

By  •  Heysen Trail

Since completing the Heysen Trail, I have been honoured to field various questions about my solo adventure. Some queries are more prevalent than others, so I’ve collated the most frequently …
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Heysen Trail Packing List
5 months ago

Heysen Trail Packing List

By  •  Heysen Trail

So, how much should a pack weigh?

The general rule for ‘long-distance hiking rule’ is that a loaded backpack should not weigh more than 20% of your overall body weight. To give you …
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Heysen Trail Food Plan
7 months ago

Heysen Trail Food Plan

By  •  Heysen Trail

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
7 months ago

Heysen Trail In the Press

By  •  Heysen Trail

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

‘Josh West will spend the next two months hiking the 1200km Heysen Trail to fundraise …
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Heysen Trail Resupply Plan
7 months ago

Heysen Trail Resupply Plan

By  •  Heysen Trail

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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Heysen Trail Itinerary
7 months ago

Heysen Trail Itinerary

By  •  Heysen Trail

Always plan an itinerary (even if you don’t stick to it).

The Heysen Trail possesses over 200 different accommodation options on or alongside its winding route. Many of the huts, shelters …
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Interview with Angela Smallacombe – ABC Radio

By  •  Heysen Trail

Radio interview on North and West SA ABC Radio, August 2018.

Angela: Good Morning, Josh.

Josh: Hello Angela. Thanks for having me on.

A: Thanks for having a chat. Now, …
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Reflecting on my most fulfilling year
10 months ago

Reflecting on my most fulfilling year

By  •  Journal

I sit here in a cushioned alcove overlooking the lakeside village of Åre, Sweden after surviving (and I honestly mean surviving) my first three days of snowboarding. I’ve somersaulted on …
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‘Josh treks for a cause’
10 months ago

‘Josh treks for a cause’

By  •  Heysen Trail

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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