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Heysen Trail

Day 58 – Tapanappa Campground to Cobbler Hill Campground
1 week ago

Day 58 – Tapanappa Campground to Cobbler Hill Campground

On Day 58 I battled injury, fatigue, sleep deprivation and wintry weather.

Daily Diary – Day 58



I nervously peeled back my sleeping bag hoping that the ankle I had mangled …
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Day 57 – Balquhidder Campsite to Tapanappa Campground
1 week ago

Day 57 – Balquhidder Campsite to Tapanappa Campground

Fatigue, trauma and physical injury can all add to a stressed emotional state that makes it difficult to keep going. Although, often a problem is just that – a temporary emotion …
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Day 50 – Woodhouse Activity Centre to Rocky Creek Hut Campground
3 weeks ago

Day 50 – Woodhouse Activity Centre to Rocky Creek Hut Campground

Difficult situations inevitably arise in everyday life. Everybody, at one time or another, will suffer moments of injustice, heartache or tragedy. However, your attitude determines whether or not a situation …
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Day 51 – Rocky Creek Hut Campground to Chookaraloo Campground
3 weeks ago

Day 51 – Rocky Creek Hut Campground to Chookaraloo Campground

Over the past week, the Heysen Trail had presented a variety of energy-sapping hurdles. From leaving my homely comfort zone on Day 44, to battling Adelaide Hills’ endless range of …
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Day 52 – Chookaraloo Campground to Nangkita
3 weeks ago

Day 52 – Chookaraloo Campground to Nangkita

Solo hiking is a wonderfully reflective experience. Your brain deviates in a myriad of different directions before, inevitably, stumbling on the answer or discovering that you’ve wandered off the track. …
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Day 53 – Nangkita to Heysen’s Rest
3 weeks ago

Day 53 – Nangkita to Heysen’s Rest

Over the past fortnight, I’d grown used to living life outside of my head. Day 42’s community event, Day 45’s camping comrades, Day 50’s social butterflying and, most recently, Day 52’s …
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Day 54 – Heysen’s Rest to Inman Valley
4 weeks ago

Day 54 – Heysen’s Rest to Inman Valley

Life as a long distance hiker contains unwavering repetition; eat, walk, sleep and repeat. Life is joyously simple. However, at certain times the balance gets out of whack. Some days …
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Day 55 – Inman Valley to Newland Hill Campsite
4 weeks ago

Day 55 – Inman Valley to Newland Hill Campsite

After weeks of expansive farmlands, beaten tracks, busy roads and leafy parks, I yearned for a sea change. By Day 55, I’d spent over a month transversing pastoralised and forested …
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Day 56 – Newland Hill Campsite to Balquhidder Campsite
4 weeks ago

Day 56 – Newland Hill Campsite to Balquhidder Campsite

Wriggling out of your comfort zone can be difficult, but so worthwhile. By modifying your routine, you can ensure that your brain stays active, your goals refocus and, most importantly, …
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Heysen Trail Packing List
1 month ago

Heysen Trail Packing List

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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