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Day 31 – Caroona Creek Campsite to Wandallah Creek Shelter
3 years ago

Day 31 – Caroona Creek Campsite to Wandallah Creek Shelter

By  •  Heysen Trail

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
3 years ago

Day 32 – Wandallah Creek Shelter to Burra

By  •  Heysen Trail

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)
3 years ago

Day 33 – Burra (Rest Day)

By  •  Heysen Trail

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

Day 34 – Burra to Worlds End Hike-In Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

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

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

By  •  Heysen Trail

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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Day 36 – Huppatz Hut to Webb Gap Campsite
3 years ago

Day 36 – Huppatz Hut to Webb Gap Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

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

Day 37 – Webb Gap Campsite to Smith Hill Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

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

Day 38 – Smith Hill Campsite to Marrabel

By  •  Heysen Trail

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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Day 39 – Marrabel to Marschalls Hut
3 years ago

Day 39 – Marrabel to Marschalls Hut

By  •  Heysen Trail

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

Day 40 – Marschalls Hut to Kapunda

By  •  Heysen Trail

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 …
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