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Week Five

Woeful weather, wicked winds and wondrous heights all featured heavily.

Hiking the Heysen

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

By  •  2 months ago

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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Hiking the Heysen

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

By  •  2 months ago

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

By  •  2 months ago

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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Hiking the Heysen

Day 32 – Wandallah Creek Shelter to Burra

By  •  2 months ago

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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Hiking the Heysen

Day 33 – Burra (Rest Day)

By  •  2 months ago

There are certain things you can always expect on a long-distance trail. Aching muscles, a constantly rumbly stomach and extreme weight-loss are inevitable on treks of exceptional length. There was, …
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Hiking the Heysen

Day 34 – Burra to Worlds End Hike-In Campsite

By  •  2 months ago

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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Hiking the Heysen

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

By  •  3 months ago

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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