Australian Alps Walking Track :: Itinerary 2015

 posted on Oct 28, 2015 by scribbly in Announcements, Recreation, Bushwalking, Australian Alpine Walks, AAWT

The Australian Alps Walking Track is a ~660km walk from Victoria up to Canberra (or visa-versa) across the high peaks and plateaus of our Alps; although our walk is about 784km with as many side trips as we could fit in… planning has been well under way since March when we purchased the AAWT Bible and started converting it into a spreadsheet (source for the tables below).

The eight months planning and training, including revisiting the Great North Walk, included a lot of gear tweaking for the Alps: It will be interesting to see how that all pans out :p.

For an up-to-the-minute update of our location see our SPOT Shared Page.

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Tags: aawt, gps, spot

With days to go, the only thing left to do is wait...

 posted on Oct 28, 2015 by scribbly in Recreation, Bushwalking, Australian Alpine Walks, AAWT

After 7 months of planning (which has finally exhausted me), we're about to see how successful that planning has been (scary... :!:).

The planning is not to be under-estimated: 784km over 45 days and only walking through one town (Thredbo, actually walking off the track to catch the chair lift down): Each one of these planning items is non-trivial on its own–

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Tags: aawt, spot

First Food Drops in Place

 posted on Oct 19, 2015 by scribbly in Recreation, Bushwalking, Australian Alpine Walks, AAWT

It seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to get our food packed into our food drop buckets, but eventually we had 10x20L buckets all wrapped up and waiting in our hall…

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Tags: aawt

Done: Removed all the gladness!

 posted on Oct 14, 2015 by scribbly in Recreation, Bushwalking, Australian Alpine Walks, AAWT

It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride since finishing the Great North Walk: fixing things that broke or didn't perform, getting food packed, finalising itinerary, etc, etc… which maybe good preparation for the Australian Alps Walking Trail—which looks very much like a roller-coaster :p

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Tags: aawt, hike

Well that was fun, but the hard work has begun

 posted on Sep 29, 2015 by scribbly in Great North Walk, Bushwalking, Australian Alpine Walks, AAWT

It's hard to believe that a two week walk over 287km can feel too short — but it did :-/

…and now we're busy putting things together for the Australian Alps Walking Trail (which the GNW was the precursor for anyway &#59;))

Actually, we've been so busy that there's not been time to put a post together for the walk, but G+ has done an OK job with its Story of the photos… but we've had to replace some broken items and boost some items that didn't perform as well as we'd expected…

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Great North Walk :: Itinerary 2015

 posted on Aug 20, 2015 by scribbly in Announcements, Recreation, Great North Walk, Bushwalking

After a somewhat gruelling lead up to Day 1, we should be on the first train out of the Mountains and heading up to Queens Wharf on the foreshore of Newcastle to start the first day of 14 days walking that should end up in Macquarie Park in Sydney.

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The Great North Walk... coming ready or not!

 posted on Aug 18, 2015 by scribbly in Recreation, Great North Walk, Bushwalking, Newnes, Preparations

Well... our training for the GNW has felt just a little rushed, like falling in at the deep end (that first week was a real shock to the system), but it's the time that we had – I hope we've made good use of it… I'm certainly starting to feel physically ready (though I haven't been relishing heading out with 25kg on my back to climb up and down 1km each weekend, but I did find the last week extremely enjoyable with only 20kg on my back, so I guess it's got to be working B)).

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Food Packing for the Great North Walk

 posted on Aug 13, 2015 by scribbly in Recreation, Great North Walk, Bushwalking

Last Saturday I spent the day (and some of the night) putting our food together for the Great North Walk: combining the muesli – mixing the scroggin – measuring out the Track Snacks – divvying out the food packets… and then combining it all into two food drops.

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We are back... we're just busy planning our next walk

 posted on Apr 28, 2015 by scribbly in Announcements, Recreation, Bushwalking, Australian Alpine Walks, AAWT

The Kosciuszko Hut Tour seems so long ago now :oops: but as a taster it seems to have had an effect: we decided that the longer AAWT is worth doing now rather than later :D It was a great walk though: camping on Kosciuszko and having breakfast at dawn on the summit was particularly nice… I may still blog, but here are some photos.

So, we've came home and dived into planning (booking holidays, etc), itinerising (getting the walk into days), gear purchasing (trying to lighten our packs as much as possible and allow for wider extremes of weather)... whilst trying not to get too excited.

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The Best Scroggin (Trail Mix) in the World

 posted on Feb 10, 2015 by scribbly in Recreation, Bushwalking, Recipe

After coming off the Bibbulmun Track and eating the same scroggin (trail mix) for 53 days straight, we were generally pretty happy with the basic recipe: Nuts / Dried Fruit / Seeds (no lollies or chocolate).

When we started training for the Great North Walk we wanted to refine the recipe so started rating the various incarnations… that walk didn't eventuate, but when we started again for the Kosciuszko Hut Tour, we started our rating again; and in due course, quite surprisingly, we started rating the scroggin at 98%!

So, we seem to have arrived at what we think is The Best Scroggin in the World :p

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