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South Australia

Heysen Trail Packing List
1 week 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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Day 43 – Tanunda (Rest Day)
2 weeks ago

Day 43 – Tanunda (Rest Day)

Imagine you’d just hiked 800 kilometres through South Australia’s remote wilderness. At times you’d starved, run out of water, had your face lashed by torrential rain and your arms scorched …
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Day 44 – Tanunda to Rossiters Hut
2 weeks ago

Day 44 – Tanunda to Rossiters Hut

On paper, Day 44 was super simple; an easy 11.34 kilometres on a postcard-perfect day lay between me and Rossiters Hut. However, the straightforward path included one mental hurdle that I had …
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Day 45 – Rossiters Hut to Rocky Paddock Campground
2 weeks ago

Day 45 – Rossiters Hut to Rocky Paddock Campground

Life can often feel like you’re treading water; like you’re not making any noticeable gains toward your goals. However, regular milestones and continued reminders of your progress reaffirm your actions. …
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Day 46 – Rocky Paddock Campground to Scotts Shelter
2 weeks ago

Day 46 – Rocky Paddock Campground to Scotts Shelter

After leaving the flat Barossa Valley on Day 44, I knew I was in for some bumps. The undulating Adelaide Hills would begin on Day 46 and promptly introduce endless …
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Day 47 – Scotts Shelter to Grandpa’s Camp
3 weeks ago

Day 47 – Scotts Shelter to Grandpa’s Camp

After trekking 853 kilometres over seven and a half weeks, it was no surprise that my body had started to deteriorate. While I’d had a glimpse of my fatigue following an …
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Day 48 – Grandpa’s Camp to Norton Summit
3 weeks ago

Day 48 – Grandpa’s Camp to Norton Summit

There are several exceptionally hilly days on the Heysen Trail; the climb up Mount Arden on Day 9, the hike over the 929-metre Mount Bryan on Day 29 and my …
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Day 49 – Norton Summit to Woodhouse Activity Centre
3 weeks ago

Day 49 – Norton Summit to Woodhouse Activity Centre

My journey to date had been filled with smiling faces, helping hands and unimaginable displays of kindness. While South Australia’s astonishing scenery often receives my daily praise, the support I’d …
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Day 36 – Huppatz Hut to Webb Gap Campsite
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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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