It’s been a while since we have had a good honest catch up and after lengthy comments/chats with some hilarious readers over on Facebook it has come to my attention that some of you don’t know about my up and coming hike with Mrs Savvy B. Just typing the word hike makes me laugh because I just don’t know who I am anymore. I mean seriously – hiking. Who am I? Anyway I thought it was time I updated you on the happenings in my life.
If someone had have told me 3 months ago I would be searching online for hiking backpacks, lightweight warm sleeping bags, bum bags that hold 2 drink bottles (what the hell????) not to mention hiking boots, liner socks and dehydrated food I would have laughed so hard I nearly wet myself. In fact I really do laugh so hard at the thought of it – still. I honestly can’t believe it.
Things changed back in April when I was browsing Audible for a new audiobook to listen too. Wild by Cheryl Strayed caught my eye and I kept going back to it, then ended up downloading it. You can read my review HERE. To cut a long story short I have since listened to the book twice, watched the movie twice and also listened to 3 other books about hikes. Last week I watched a couple of documentary’s on Netflix… one was about Sir Edmund Hillary’s Everest expedition and the other was about a 14 year old girl who set off to sail solo around the world for a couple of years – Laura Dekker. I mean honestly… I ask you again: who am I? I am usually the girl watching Sex and the City, Real Housewives of New York, Nashville…. anything but documentaries which makes the whole thing even funnier.
So after becoming obsessed with Cheryl Strayed’s hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA I thought – perhaps I could hike. You know – start out small and work my way up. Perhaps I could walk from one side of our station to the other. I also thought perhaps Mrs Savvy B would be interested and we could hike together because I can tell you one thing – Mr Chardy is certainly not interested. When I asked him if he would be interested in hiking he said “can I drive? Why the heck would you want to go hiking when there are roads to drive on”. Ok so he may not have used the word “heck” but you get it, right?
To be honest the whole hiking trip has escalated very quickly from that first phone call to Savvy B. She was in as soon as I mentioned it and perhaps even a little more excited than me. In no time at all she was planning the whole thing and thought we needed to do it in the July School holidays. Holy cow – that soon? Who was I to argue, I was just so excited she was on board. It was decided that we would hike from the top of her property down to the station (house). It will be about 60km and we will be out for 3 nights.
Now because it was all decided very quickly we haven’t had much time to get the gear we need – details details people. I wasn’t going to be in town to get anything either (not that there is really anywhere apart from BCF in Mt Isa to get anything) so I would have to get it all online, right down to the hiking boots. This is why it is all a little crazy. Thank goodness for my hiking brains trust – Liz – for some great advice on what to get and where to get it. Now it turns out that what we thought was going to be a free little walk in the woods has turned into quite an expensive exercise. Perhaps we should have just gone to New York. All this stuff is expensive. Here is a visual…
I have bought a hiking backpack which also has a little spot for a camel back drinking bladder, a warm sleeping bag, a bum bag that holds 2 drink bottles (can you even believe that I have paid good money for a BUM BAG…. a bum bag people…. I am so scared for myself right now I don’t know what to do). Oh and don’t even get me started on the headlight… no words my friends, no words!!! I have bought dehydrated food, cutlery, socks, liner socks, hiking boots, a blow up pillow, a t-shirt, a blister kit and to be honest I have no idea what else I have ordered because it all just sounds so ridiculous.
Now lets talk about those hiking boots. You see I thought I was going to be ok in my joggers but on Tuesday I loaded up my pack and took it for a trial walk around my track. I put a 6 pack of beer in there
to drink along the way for weight, because Mrs Savvy B has the tent that we will be taking, and off I went. Turns out the pack weighed 13kg’s and that perhaps I should have started off a little lighter but no – of course I don’t do things by halves so I went straight in, no kissing, and took on that heavy pack. Again, here is a visual…
That photo is just too much for words… perhaps I should be committed to some sort of institution!
It isn’t pretty is it. Don’t worry, I can’t stop laughing either. Oh and yes – that is a yoga mat. Have never once used it for yoga so perhaps I will get my moneys worth.
Off I went. It wasn’t too bad either and I rolled the 3.8km’s in 45 minutes. As I walked around my track I was listening to my current audiobook – True Spirit by Jessica Watson – about her solo circumnavigation of the globe back in 2009 at the age of 16. Am I having a midlife crisis???
I did notice that the shoes weren’t going to cut it though. So less than 2 weeks until we hike I thought it might be a good idea to buy some hiking boots. I might have 1 day to break them in, that is if they turn up on time and actually fit. I did buy a couple of sizes but I really have no idea if I bought the correct size, it was all so confusing to this little blonde non-hiker.
My hiking debut was ok so I backed it up the next afternoon. This was a whole other story. It was a lot tougher the second day. The pack just didn’t feel as comfy and felt much heavier. That night I could hardly move in bed, my back was so sore. Probably not a good thing really! So now I am wondering if Savvy B and I will be finishing our hike in wheel chairs rather than on foot. I had to pop quite a few panadols (sorry Mum, perhaps you should stop reading now) yesterday and definitely couldn’t back up my practice runs with a third day. So wish us luck. We might need it. We plan to head off next Friday 1st July. Mr Savvy B will drop us up the top of their property that afternoon where will will camp the night and set of early Saturday morning. Stay tuned and please feel free to give us any advice. Oh and no, we are not doing this to raise money or for any reason at all…. we are just doing it because we are OUT OF OUR MINDS!!!!!
In other news Clancy has decided he might like to be a bushranger when he gets older. He has popped a sling on his homemade toy gun and thrown a beard on. Does it get any cuter?
Now it is your turn…
Have you been hiking?
Where have you hiked? I would love to know all about it.
Do you think we can do it? People here may or may not be placing bets on it.