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Five pages on 'long distance hiking'? How old are you guys? Do you all carry thermos flasks and egg cress sandwiches?

These are the sorts of people who do hiking:

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Real men - natural born alpha male dominators - do HIIT, rowing, cycling, boxing, football, whatever. They don't do 'long distance hiking'.

Each to their own, but frankly it brings this bored into disrepute for such a middle-aged pastime to feature so prominently on the front page. Can the mods create a hiking badger sub-forum for these weirdos?


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Don't get your hate for trekking poles. I'd be lost without them but I do run quite a bit of the downs and I can go so much faster using them to jump off.


I used to be fairly anti trekking poles and saw them as the preserve of middle aged German hikers until I did the GR20 where I smashed my knees to bits while carrying about an 18 kg sack. Hastily bought some midway through the trek and they made such a difference to my comfort.

Any more thoughts on your African overlanding trip?



The rough plan is to do a loop at the bottom.. visit the gfs family at xmas in SA then sa/namibia/botswana/zambia/tanzani/kenya/rwanda/burundi/tanzania/mozambique


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Fk me.. are the ozzies having a laugh.. just looked into doing some hiking in Tasmania next year.. $495 just for the privilege to hike the 3 capes which is a 46km track.. :lol:


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Fk me.. are the ozzies having a laugh.. just looked into doing some hiking in Tasmania next year.. $495 just for the privilege to hike the 3 capes which is a 46km track.. :lol:



I'd heard something about that... a workmate did the Cradle Mountain walk last winter and said something about paying ridiculous money.


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Fk me.. are the ozzies having a laugh.. just looked into doing some hiking in Tasmania next year.. $495 just for the privilege to hike the 3 capes which is a 46km track.. :lol:



I'd heard something about that... a workmate did the Cradle Mountain walk last winter and said something about paying ridiculous money.


The overland track with Cradle Mountain is a little bit better value.. $500 for the 2 of us but then you still have to get transport which'll be an extra $200 and we would want to do the 85k in 3 days not 6 like most of the fogeys. It still doesn't seem great value really when you can hike anywhere in Europe for nothing.


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HKCJ wrote:
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Fk me.. are the ozzies having a laugh.. just looked into doing some hiking in Tasmania next year.. $495 just for the privilege to hike the 3 capes which is a 46km track.. :lol:



I'd heard something about that... a workmate did the Cradle Mountain walk last winter and said something about paying ridiculous money.


The overland track with Cradle Mountain is a little bit better value.. $500 for the 2 of us but then you still have to get transport which'll be an extra $200 and we would want to do the 85k in 3 days not 6 like most of the fogeys. It still doesn't seem great value really when you can hike anywhere in Europe for nothing.


Holy Jebus. Just come over here instead.

For folks who're keen on the multi-day thing, worth checking out the multi-day offroad rides here http://nzcycletrail.com/. Some outstanding stuff. Doing three of them Dec - March.


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Fk me.. are the ozzies having a laugh.. just looked into doing some hiking in Tasmania next year.. $495 just for the privilege to hike the 3 capes which is a 46km track.. :lol:



I'd heard something about that... a workmate did the Cradle Mountain walk last winter and said something about paying ridiculous money.


The overland track with Cradle Mountain is a little bit better value.. $500 for the 2 of us but then you still have to get transport which'll be an extra $200 and we would want to do the 85k in 3 days not 6 like most of the fogeys. It still doesn't seem great value really when you can hike anywhere in Europe for nothing.


It's a popular track. Trying to prevent it getting too crowded I suppose.


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Good stuff,GS, I did both Annapurna treks about 25 years ago but not Everest Base Camp, can't see me doing it now, even though I'm of a similar age to you - time and money the issue ATM, as much as fitness. Regarding trekking poles, i used to be a hater but now a reluctant user of one thanks to my right knee having bugger all cartilage left after a lifetime of hard wear - I can attest to the fact that they do work.

Yeah - I'll be getting a pair of poles* meself before too long. Ditto as regards cartilege-poor right knee (permanent limp), plus a left knee not much better despite two knee clean-up ops.

I can see them being of particular use going downhill, regardless of what's on my back, and of considerable uphill use when carting a fair amount of shit in my pack.




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Fk me.. are the ozzies having a laugh.. just looked into doing some hiking in Tasmania next year.. $495 just for the privilege to hike the 3 capes which is a 46km track.. :lol:



I'd heard something about that... a workmate did the Cradle Mountain walk last winter and said something about paying ridiculous money.


The overland track with Cradle Mountain is a little bit better value.. $500 for the 2 of us but then you still have to get transport which'll be an extra $200 and we would want to do the 85k in 3 days not 6 like most of the fogeys. It still doesn't seem great value really when you can hike anywhere in Europe for nothing.


It's a popular track. Trying to prevent it getting too crowded I suppose.


I guess that's to be applauded but it just seems rather commercialised to charge people THAT much for hiking on public routes. Does sound like the hut facilities they've built are first class for hikers but frankly I'd rather pay a lot less and just use a tent.


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why do you have to pay anything at all?


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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Overland track or truck?


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I've been looking for a way to raise money for Alzheimers since dad died last year. Didn't want to do anything "normal" like a marathon etc so have decided I'm going to walk from his old rugby club in Glasgow to his last one near London. Planning to start around September 2018.

Anyone done similar?


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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Overland track or truck?



Track.. no overland trucks till Africa in December :) This'll be 82km 4 day affair.. all well and good until your moany arse missus insists you should carry pretty much everything.. my pack was 23kg and hers was 5kg for the last two hikes and she was moaning that is cos I am a smoker.


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HKCJ wrote:
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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Overland track or truck?



Track.. no overland trucks till Africa in December :) This'll be 82km 4 day affair.. all well and good until your moany arse missus insists you should carry pretty much everything.. my pack was 23kg and hers was 5kg for the last two hikes and she was moaning that is cos I am a smoker.


That is madness, I did the GR20 with nearly 20kg and that was probably 8kg too heavy, wrecked my knees, in hindsight taking Anthony Beavors 'Stalingrad' and Daniel Yergin's 'The Prize' books with me was probably a mistake.

Currently making plans for a short walk between Naples and Rome next year following the Appian Way Roman road. Always fancied approaching Rome by foot. Will hook up with the bro in law and watch the England game at the end of it.

What overland truck trip did you choose in the end?


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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Overland track or truck?



Track.. no overland trucks till Africa in December :) This'll be 82km 4 day affair.. all well and good until your moany arse missus insists you should carry pretty much everything.. my pack was 23kg and hers was 5kg for the last two hikes and she was moaning that is cos I am a smoker.


That is madness, I did the GR20 with nearly 20kg and that was probably 8kg too heavy, wrecked my knees, in hindsight taking Anthony Beavors 'Stalingrad' and Daniel Yergin's 'The Prize' books with me was probably a mistake.

Currently making plans for a short walk between Naples and Rome next year following the Appian Way Roman road. Always fancied approaching Rome by foot. Will hook up with the bro in law and watch the England game at the end of it.

What overland truck trip did you choose in the end?



Yep have never hiked with more than 12-14kg before. Was feckin stupid but the missus wont listen when I tell her that perhaps an ipad isnt an essential and I figured its better looking like Quasmido than facing the wrath of a saffa. I also mentioned to her that me and my (female) mate had been making noises to do the GR20 some time soon. That went down well.


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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Abel Tasman is definitely meh/hiking for beginners. Better off kayaking it really. I loved the Kepler but I had great weather and the scenery was stunning.


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I was in Latin America for the last year and a half and done a fair bit of hiking. Done lots of 1 day hikes and a few multi day hike with the highlight being Huayhuash (pronounced why-wash). 8 days in total highest you go to is 5200m, its one of the best things I've ever done the scenery is out of this world, spectacular. And I don't is all roughly for around €150 not exactly sure, but it was under 200, and that includes food, tent, two sleeping bags, Donkeys to carry you bigger bags and Donkeys to carry you if you ain't feeling up to it.

Others that are decent:

Guatemala: Aacatenango 2 days
Peru: Colca Canyon - 2 days, Laguna 69 - 1 day
Lost City trail - Colombia, 4/5days
Cotopaxi Ecuador - several 1 day hikes


Shit load of others. Peru is really the home of serious hiking, ep North Peru around Huaraz. Epic views, short trails, long trails, mountains, jungles, achievable high altitude Mountains, I climbed a mountain over 6000m and it's cheap. Unless altitude is a major problem for you.


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HKCJ wrote:
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HKCJ wrote:
Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Overland track or truck?



Track.. no overland trucks till Africa in December :) This'll be 82km 4 day affair.. all well and good until your moany arse missus insists you should carry pretty much everything.. my pack was 23kg and hers was 5kg for the last two hikes and she was moaning that is cos I am a smoker.


That is madness, I did the GR20 with nearly 20kg and that was probably 8kg too heavy, wrecked my knees, in hindsight taking Anthony Beavors 'Stalingrad' and Daniel Yergin's 'The Prize' books with me was probably a mistake.

Currently making plans for a short walk between Naples and Rome next year following the Appian Way Roman road. Always fancied approaching Rome by foot. Will hook up with the bro in law and watch the England game at the end of it.

What overland truck trip did you choose in the end?



Yep have never hiked with more than 12-14kg before. Was feckin stupid but the missus wont listen when I tell her that perhaps an ipad isnt an essential and I figured its better looking like Quasmido than facing the wrath of a saffa. I also mentioned to her that me and my (female) mate had been making noises to do the GR20 some time soon. That went down well.


Christ you are a gluten for punishment :lol:

It gets cold at night in those Corsican mountains, did you tell your Mrs you would need to snuggle up with your female 'friend' to stay warm as well.


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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Abel Tasman is definitely meh/hiking for beginners. Better off kayaking it really. I loved the Kepler but I had great weather and the scenery was stunning.


Yeah we've had pretty shite weather which definitely affects things. At this point Queen Charlotte track and Routeburn which I did on my last trip rank higher but we had great weather for those. I think I was disappointed with Abel Tasman cos I thought it would be really in the wilderness... there were so many day trippers it was unreal. More Germans per square metre than a U-boat.


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I'm getting back into this.

Not sure where I'm going to start, I'm old now and don't want to take on the TDMB without people 100% sure of my fitness.


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I'm getting back into this.

Not sure where I'm going to start, I'm old now and don't want to take on the TDMB without people 100% sure of my fitness.


In a pretty similar place. Moving up to Scotland next month and have some grand plans. Have a couple of mates who have done all the Munros and are offering to take me out, but not sure I want to do much with them until up to speed.


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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Abel Tasman is definitely meh/hiking for beginners. Better off kayaking it really. I loved the Kepler but I had great weather and the scenery was stunning.


Yeah we've had pretty shite weather which definitely affects things. At this point Queen Charlotte track and Routeburn which I did on my last trip rank higher but we had great weather for those. I think I was disappointed with Abel Tasman cos I thought it would be really in the wilderness... there were so many day trippers it was unreal. More Germans per square metre than a U-boat.


Totally agree. I actually did it 20 years ago and that is exactly what I thought way back then. Plus the bays are beautiful but you often can't see anything from the track as the scrub/bush on the side of the tracks obscures any view. The only positive was that I ran into my (day tripping) uncle and aunt on the Abel Tasman so went and stayed with them in Kaiteriteri after completing the hike. :lol:


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I've done my fair share of Munros the obvious thing about Scotland is the fecking weather and having to take so much extra kit with you


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I'm getting back into this.

Not sure where I'm going to start, I'm old now and don't want to take on the TDMB without people 100% sure of my fitness.


Start small, say the Rodney Parade to The Dodger pub trek?


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I'm getting back into this.

Not sure where I'm going to start, I'm old now and don't want to take on the TDMB without people 100% sure of my fitness.


Start small, say the Rodney Parade to The Dodger pub trek?


Ha ha. Very good.


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Anyone done much of the south downs way? Eastbourne to Brighton? Doing an organised event in August, 31 miles. Just figuring what I need to prepare us for in terms of hills etc


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Was disappointed with Abel Tasman, especially after all the hype. Pretty, yeh, but not world class - maybe growing up in Cornwall and living in Wales just made me a bit blase when it comes to good coastal scenery? OTOH, loved Milford, Routeburn, Caples and Kepler, and really wanted to do Dusky but somehow never found the time - enjoyed Stewart Island too. Cradle Mountain was nice, though feckin cold.
Looking to do some more in the High Tatras in the near future - or the Carpathians.BTW. anyone hiked in Slovenia?


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Anyone done much of the south downs way? Eastbourne to Brighton? Doing an organised event in August, 31 miles. Just figuring what I need to prepare us for in terms of hills etc


Pretty easy to be fair, although 30 miles in August heat isn't to be sniffed at.


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Anyone done much of the south downs way? Eastbourne to Brighton? Doing an organised event in August, 31 miles. Just figuring what I need to prepare us for in terms of hills etc


I did Seaforth to Eastbourne a couple of weekends ago. Some moderate hills, enough to alarm the complete novice.

Bloody spectacular though :thumbup:


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Anyone done much of the south downs way? Eastbourne to Brighton? Doing an organised event in August, 31 miles. Just figuring what I need to prepare us for in terms of hills etc


Wife did 100km in 24 hours along there so you should be right.


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Anyone done much of the south downs way? Eastbourne to Brighton? Doing an organised event in August, 31 miles. Just figuring what I need to prepare us for in terms of hills etc


Only done the first few stages from Winchester to Petersfield. Looking to do the rest this year at some point. Its very well signposted and there are plenty of village pubs/shops enroute to pick up supplies or stop for lunch. Assuming you are staying in B&Bs you don't need to carry too much, you are looking at maybe 5-6 hours walking a day including stops. Keep your clothing light and breathable, avoid jeans, take waterproofs, sun hat, decent broken in footwear and maybe trekking poles. An OS map allows you to take detours to have a look at the loads of historical stuff along the way (bronze age forts, roman villas etc), don't forget a water bottle.


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Should be ok then, it's 50km in a day.

Two others and I did 27miles in the Peak District a while back, including Jacob's Ladder. Just want to get some hills in the legs of the one that didn't do that. Did a lot of training in Malvern, which was invaluable, so will do that again. Slightly concerned to hear that fourth member describe Beachy Head as a really tough long climb, not to underestimate it, but I think it's pretty manageable.

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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Abel Tasman is definitely meh/hiking for beginners. Better off kayaking it really. I loved the Kepler but I had great weather and the scenery was stunning.


Yeah we've had pretty shite weather which definitely affects things. At this point Queen Charlotte track and Routeburn which I did on my last trip rank higher but we had great weather for those. I think I was disappointed with Abel Tasman cos I thought it would be really in the wilderness... there were so many day trippers it was unreal. More Germans per square metre than a U-boat.


Totally agree. I actually did it 20 years ago and that is exactly what I thought way back then. Plus the bays are beautiful but you often can't see anything from the track as the scrub/bush on the side of the tracks obscures any view. The only positive was that I ran into my (day tripping) uncle and aunt on the Abel Tasman so went and stayed with them in Kaiteriteri after completing the hike. :lol:



yeah kind of wish we had done some kayaking but did it in oz and got bored after 20 mins so didnt bother in Abel Tasman. Big mistake. Not sure whether its a fault as such but the track is so smooth and well maintained it encourages all the day trippers.. be better if they left it a bit wild IMO.


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Anyone done much of the south downs way? Eastbourne to Brighton? Doing an organised event in August, 31 miles. Just figuring what I need to prepare us for in terms of hills etc


I've cycled the whole thing in a day before, not sure if I've mentioned that?

Eastbourne to Brighton (well, probably Devil's Dyke as the SDW doesn't go to Brighton itself) you're looking at about 35 miles and 4 fairly long climbs - nothing too outrageously steep, just long. The paths are fairly flinty. There are at least two water taps in that section, possibly more. It isn't so much up and down in the segment as long climb - long stretch on the tops - long descent - cross road/railway/river - long climb and so on. You take in the village of Alfriston around a third of the way in which is nice, don't think there's much else for the rest of the segment though.


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Anyone done much of the south downs way? Eastbourne to Brighton? Doing an organised event in August, 31 miles. Just figuring what I need to prepare us for in terms of hills etc


I did Seaforth to Eastbourne a couple of weekends ago. Some moderate hills, enough to alarm the complete novice.

Bloody spectacular though :thumbup:


It's Seaford - I was there this weekend as the MiL lives there. Did you walk across Seaford head and the 7 sisters? If so, that's not strictly speaking the South Downs Way. Nice walk though.


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Abel Tasman and Keppler done. Meh. May have been the shit weather but wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Hiking for beginners really. Did the best hike Ive ever done though in Oz.. Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation. A fcuking bitch of a hike.. leeches, giant cobwebs, spiders, impossible to keep on the track.. drank 6 litres of water in the space of 5 hours.. awesome fun. :thumbup: Overland track in Tasmania to look forward to in a few weeks.


Abel Tasman is definitely meh/hiking for beginners. Better off kayaking it really. I loved the Kepler but I had great weather and the scenery was stunning.


Yeah we've had pretty shite weather which definitely affects things. At this point Queen Charlotte track and Routeburn which I did on my last trip rank higher but we had great weather for those. I think I was disappointed with Abel Tasman cos I thought it would be really in the wilderness... there were so many day trippers it was unreal. More Germans per square metre than a U-boat.


Totally agree. I actually did it 20 years ago and that is exactly what I thought way back then. Plus the bays are beautiful but you often can't see anything from the track as the scrub/bush on the side of the tracks obscures any view. The only positive was that I ran into my (day tripping) uncle and aunt on the Abel Tasman so went and stayed with them in Kaiteriteri after completing the hike. :lol:



yeah kind of wish we had done some kayaking but did it in oz and got bored after 20 mins so didnt bother in Abel Tasman. Big mistake. Not sure whether its a fault as such but the track is so smooth and well maintained it encourages all the day trippers.. be better if they left it a bit wild IMO.


It's also the access points. Not sure of the place names now but there's lots of places where you can drive deep into the National Park, park your car and do a 1-2 hour walk in the middle of the park. Most hikes there is only one way in and one way out so you're not going to meet day trippers in the middle of a 3-4 day hike. Really detracts from the experience IMO. :thumbdown:


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I generally run sections of the Abel Tasman coastal track, or kayak along the coast line, the inland track is a bit more rugged and challenging.


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Anyone done much of the south downs way? Eastbourne to Brighton? Doing an organised event in August, 31 miles. Just figuring what I need to prepare us for in terms of hills etc


I did Seaforth to Eastbourne a couple of weekends ago. Some moderate hills, enough to alarm the complete novice.

Bloody spectacular though :thumbup:


It's Seaford - I was there this weekend as the MiL lives there. Did you walk across Seaford head and the 7 sisters? If so, that's not strictly speaking the South Downs Way. Nice walk though.


Yeah thats it. Didn't really see anything of Seaford as we got the bus there and started walking straight away.

How do you ford a sea?


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Yeah, doesn't make much sense now I think about it - don't even think there's a river there to explain the 'ford' suffix, certainly not a significant one. Could be that it was called something else that sounded similar but didn't actually mean 'sea', 'ford' or both, and was gradually corrupted into its present form. Google doesn't seem to have anything to say about it so I'm afraid it must remain a mystery for ever more.

You didn't miss much, bit of a nonentity of a town. Couple of decent pubs, nice enough seafront, fairly civilised, bit of a 'God's waiting room' vibe going on. Its position at one end of one of the best coastal walks in the south-east is probably the best thing going for it. I try and get out for a stroll along the cliffs whenever I'm there, or if I'm really lucky I bring my mountain bike and go for a tool around nearby Friston Forest.


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