Cathedral Range State Park – Buxton, Victoria: Northern circuit

This day hike saw us tackle the northern section of the Cathedral Ranges in Buxton, Victoria. It was the first time both of us had actually been here so we kept at bay any expectations.

Arriving at our starting point at Jawbone car park nice and early, we passed many kangaroos, wallabies and even a lyrebird in full bloom, all of whom made haste when spotting our car. We had perfect blue skies that morning which added to our excitement, so we were both eager to hit the trail. There’s something really special about walking these tracks nice and early in the morning, when the dew has barely had a chance to evaporate, and the wildlife are going about their morning. We both knew we were in for a special day.

Review: Osprey Sirrus 24 daypack (womens)

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One of my biggest challenges in finding an appropriate day pack is getting the size right. Of course, this is an extremely important characteristic to get right, but if you have a reasonably petite torso like me, you get used to store assistants informing you that unfortunately the brand does not make a smaller size, or if they do, the store does not stock it.

So, you can imagine my delight when a sales assistant at REI in Boston had a very suitable recommendation for me: the Osprey Sirrus 24 day pack in the Small size (which is actually 22L). It felt great in-store, but what you probably want to know is how it weighed in after actual and extended use.

I have used this day pack exclusively since November last year and if any of you have read my account of the Oxfam Trailwalker 100km event in Melbourne, this pack was on my back for nearly 31 hours straight. Here are some of my thoughts.

Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 2014

For those unfamiliar with this event, the trail is 100km and you undertake it in teams of 4 over a maximum of 48 hours. The trailwalker event for Melbourne in 2014 followed this route: (start) Jells Park in Wheelers Hill > Churchill National Park > Lysterfield Lake Park > Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground > Olinda Reserve > Graham Colling Reserve > Woori Yallock Primary School > Warburton Golf Club > Wesburn Park (finish).

This is a pretty long read but I wanted to document it mostly for my benefit, so that I don’t ever forget my experience.

Before I begin, I would like to emphasise that despite how it may sound, it was overall a very positive experience for me. I don’t want any of the ‘gruelling’ details that follow to discourage you. To complete this feat is amazing achievement for anyone, and I admire those who have the physical and mental strength to do it year after year. The event itself was run so smoothly and professionally with many fantastic volunteers. If this is something you’ve ever considered doing, you should most definitely give it a go.

Gear Reviews

Stay tuned for some of our personal reviews on gear that we’ve used. Finding the right piece of gear is essential in making your trip outdoors that little bit more comfortable. So we thought we’d give you our insight into what works, and what doesn’t work for us.

The monumental first post

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