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Heysen Trail Ambassador Announcement
4 weeks ago

Heysen Trail Ambassador Announcement

By  •  Heysen Trail

It was my twelfth day walking the Camino de Santiago through northern Spain, and I had just spluttered halfway up a slippery, jagged hill. My heaving lungs swelled and recoiled …
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What hiking taught me about dealing with social isolation
2 years ago

What hiking taught me about dealing with social isolation

By  •  Journal

Aside from confronting a previously untapped level of back pain, the most challenging aspect of my first multi-day solo hike involved battling the hidden depths of social isolation. Initially, walking …
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Heysen Trail Budget
2 years ago

Heysen Trail Budget

By  •  Heysen Trail

Heysen Trail budget fluctuations.

Your individual packing list preferences will determine how much you spend on a trip of this magnitude. The price of camping equipment, clothing and technology can range considerably. …
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The reality of solo hiking a long-distance trail
2 years 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
2 years 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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Day 1 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles
2 years ago

Day 1 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles

Over the previous evening, my fellow pilgrims had discussed the merits of preparing thoroughly and easing into the first morning of a trail; it’s a marathon, not a race. We …
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Day 2 – Roncesvalles to Larrasoaña
2 years ago

Day 2 – Roncesvalles to Larrasoaña

Life as a solo long-distance hiker can be isolating. Lengthy stretches of time walking in solitude can detach you from the outside world. However, after just 36 hours on the …
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Day 3 – Larrasoaña to Pamplona
2 years ago

Day 3 – Larrasoaña to Pamplona

Beginning a long-distance trail as a solo hiker can be daunting—you never know what, or who, you will bump into. However, Camino Francés is built a little differently. With a …
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Day 4 – Pamplona to Obanos
2 years ago

Day 4 – Pamplona to Obanos

Long-distance hikers like envisioning their upcoming trails. The mere thought of mountains, forests, farmland or seaside scenery is enough to inflame the senses; the Camino Francés has more uplifting material …
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Day 5 – Obanos to Estella
2 years ago

Day 5 – Obanos to Estella

By the time I began walking the Camino Francés, I had travelled for 7 gloriously adventurous months; I’d snowboarded Åre’s mountains in Sweden, crossed the US on a continental train …
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