I would like to tell you all about a little trip I took with my wife. There’s a trail in Tasmania called the Overland Track, It’s between 75 and 100Km long and fairly easy. It’s designed as a walk for tourists, not hikers especially and there is a series of huts along the way you can use if you want.
Despite the crowds and the lack of a challenge the scenery is beautiful and it’s still definitely worth a look.
Now my wife despite spending heaps of time in the bush with me is not a hiker, she has only done two short overnight hikes in her life and would only do a few day walks a year. This trip was designed as more of a walking holiday to try and get her into hiking a bit and se if she likes it.
Now my wife up till now has had a bit of a laugh at me making and modifying things, counting grams etc and the same happened with this trip. I packed both the packs with suitable food and equipment for 7 days in Tassie having done this trip before and we were off.
From the minute we arrived at the visitor’s centre to register and we met a few other walkers she was glad we went light. She was carrying a Macpac amp 35 with all her gear and her set off weight was 10kg. I was using my new osprey either 60 at 13kg. The first four people we met had packs between 19 and 24kg!
Now as I'm trying to get her into bushwalking we didn’t travel as light as I would have on my own. We slept in a floorless shelter, ate well, were never cold or wet and had a great time. The more people we met the more she started saying things like “I can’t believe there carrying that” and “why would you bring that”. This of course made me smile.
As there are a lot of non bush walkers on this track you also see a lot of strange things and probably the most heartening comment my wife would make was “How can people have so much gear and be so poorly prepared”
At the end of it all we had a great time and we will go hiking together again so its mission accomplished from me.
We now have one more in the ranks