A year of through-hiking

Finally I'm starting to come to the end of going through all the photographs we took during a year of hiking and traveling in New Zealand and Australia. During the entire 4500km across New Zealand, Stewart Island and Australia we made self-portraits, inspired by other hikers who had done the same along the PCT. And … Continue reading A year of through-hiking

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One year of through hiking

Finally I'm starting to come to the end of going through all the photographs we took during a year of hiking and traveling in New Zealand and Australia. During the entire 4500km across New Zealand, Stewart Island and Australia we made self-portraits, inspired by other hikers who had done the same along the PCT. And … Continue reading One year of through hiking

Bibbulmun Planning & Logistics

  The Bibbulmun Track is an achieveable goal for most people wanting to embark on a through-hiking adventure. If you are looking for a more back-country version of the camino, without losing too much comfort, this is the perfect track for you. If you are out to roam across wild lands, there are probably better … Continue reading Bibbulmun Planning & Logistics

A Storming Finish: Peaceful Bay to Albany

    The Bibbulmun section running alongside the southwestern edge of the Australian continent, where the roaring forties relentlessly crash onto the shoreline, is in my opinion by far the most scenic one. There's a beauty in walking by the ocean, especially one as wild and untamed as this one between us and the Antarctic, especially … Continue reading A Storming Finish: Peaceful Bay to Albany

Through the Giants to the Coast

  The largest wildfire of them all ravaged south of Northcliffe, burning to ash 100.000 ha of karri forest and swampland. In its fury it encroached on the town of Northcliffe to a mere 3km, at which point the townspeople were evacuated and firefighters flown in from the eastern states to aid their tired colleagues … Continue reading Through the Giants to the Coast

Forests of the southwest: the karri, the marri and the jarrah

 A very sudden and unexpected change occurred walking towards Donnelly River Village. Up until that point, the trail traversed jarrah country. In a forest conservation area we noticed a number of large gum (marri) trees. We'd only seen a handful of big ones so far: all these forests were logged during the 19th and 20th … Continue reading Forests of the southwest: the karri, the marri and the jarrah

Fighting the Demotivation Trap

  In Collie we felt that motivation had gone down below sound levels. At first, we thought it was mostly the lack of sleep playing our minds, as 2 weeks of continuous little rest during the cold, freezing nights had been taking their toll. So we stayed an extra night to be able to catch … Continue reading Fighting the Demotivation Trap

Red Dust, Black Soot, Green Grass

While we munched on some delicious lunch in Dwellingup's Blue Wren cafe we ordered some gear to protect us from the cold. It was already well in the afternoon by the time we got going so after a modest 13km we reached camp for the night at Swamp Oak. As the sky darkened in the … Continue reading Red Dust, Black Soot, Green Grass

Freezing Forests and Kangaroos: Kalamunda to Dwellingup

  The excitement to start our second long-distance walk grew so large that we both couldn't sleep the night before departure. I had been coming down with a flu which was half healed, half not, but going out into the peace of the bush seemed like a better cure than hanging out in hostels in … Continue reading Freezing Forests and Kangaroos: Kalamunda to Dwellingup