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Daily Diary

Day 21 – Go-Cart Track Shelter to Beetaloo Creek Campsite
2 years ago

Day 21 – Go-Cart Track Shelter to Beetaloo Creek Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

24 hours marooned at the Go-Cart Track Shelter on Day 20 was enough inactivity for my ‘hiking legs’ to suffer unbearable ‘itchiness’. My body had grown used to constant movement …
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Day 22 – Beetaloo Creek Campsite to Crystal Brook
2 years ago

Day 22 – Beetaloo Creek Campsite to Crystal Brook

By  •  Heysen Trail

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 Hiskeys Hut
2 years ago

Day 23 – Crystal Brook to Hiskeys Hut

By  •  Heysen Trail

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 – Hiskeys Hut to Curnows Hut
2 years ago

Day 24 – Hiskeys Hut to Curnows Hut

By  •  Heysen Trail

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 spiritually. …
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Day 25 – Curnow’s Hut to Bundaleer Weir Campsite
2 years ago

Day 25 – Curnow’s Hut to Bundaleer Weir Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

At times 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 …
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Day 26 – Bundaleer Weir Campsite to Spalding
2 years ago

Day 26 – Bundaleer Weir Campsite to Spalding

By  •  Heysen Trail

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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Day 27 – Spalding to Whistling Trig Tank
2 years ago

Day 27 – Spalding to Whistling Trig Tank

By  •  Heysen Trail

Before commencing the Heysen Trail, I made the slightly controversial decision to keep some hiking details a mystery. Other than setting out my basic itinerary, I knew little else about …
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Day 28 – Whistling Trig Tank to Hallett Railway Station
2 years ago

Day 28 – Whistling Trig Tank to Hallett Railway Station

By  •  Heysen Trail

Imagine not seeing another human for an entire day—no talking, no witty banter, no face-to-face communication whatsoever. Now, multiply that by a month. For large stretches along the Heysen Trail, …
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Day 29 – Hallett Railway Station to Old Mt Bryan East School
2 years ago

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

By  •  Heysen Trail

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 years ago

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

By  •  Heysen Trail

Since departing Beetaloo Creek Campsite on Day 22, the trail had zigzagged through flat green terrain. While there were several diverse patches, including lofty ascents to New Campbell Hill on …
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