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Heysen

Day 36 – Huppatz Hut to Webb Gap Campsite
2 days ago

Day 36 – Huppatz Hut to Webb Gap Campsite

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

Day 37 – Webb Gap Campsite to Smith Hill Campsite

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

Day 38 – Smith Hill Campsite to Marrabel

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 Marshalls Hut
4 days ago

Day 39 – Marrabel to Marshalls Hut

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

Day 40 – Marshalls Hut to Kapunda

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 of …
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Day 41 – Kapunda to Greenock
2 weeks ago

Day 41 – Kapunda to Greenock

‘Home’ can mean many things. Some might relate the term to a physical house or place. Others may align it with spending time with family or loved ones. Others again might …
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Day 42 – Greenock to Tanunda
2 weeks ago

Day 42 – Greenock to Tanunda

On numerous occasions before commencing the Heysen Trail, several different parties had expressed an interest to join me on my journey. While I was enthusiastic for the company, calculating my …
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Day 29 – Hallett Railway Station to Old Mt Bryan East School
2 weeks ago

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

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
3 weeks ago

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

Since departing Beetaloo Creek Campsite on Day 22, the trail had primarily zigzagged through flat green terrain. While there were several diverse patches, including lofty ascents to New Campbell Hill …
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Day 31 – Caroona Creek Campsite to Wandallah Creek Shelter
3 weeks ago

Day 31 – Caroona Creek Campsite to Wandallah Creek Shelter

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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