It’s been a a long time between posts. What can I say? It has been a very long hot summer and I’ve been tied up in fighting bushfires since late November 2019. I’ve been in this game for 20 years and it has to be the biggest season I can remember with the largest and most complex fires impacting my home region massively. For the last six weeks I’ve been actively engaged in the fire fight as an Air Attack Supervisor, identifying targets from the air for our water bombing aircraft and working with ground crews to coordinate safe and effective drops. Things are looking ok at the moment. While there are still three more weeks of summer to get through, I think we are on the backside of the fires with things quieting down. Only a few active areas now, over the million plus hectares that were burnt this year.
Once this is all done and dusted I’m looking forward to taking a well earned break. And what better way to get away from it all than to take on another thru hike. So, in early April I will be heading west to hike the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia.
The Bibbulmun Track is a 1,000km track extending south from Perth to Albany, one of Australia’s few long distance trails. My aim is to hike the trail in 30 days before heading to South Australia and climbing Mt Woodroffe to get closer to reaching my goal of climbing the State 8 (highest points in each State/Territory).
Initially in planning another thru hike I had my eyes set on the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) but so much of the trail has been impacted by fire this season I’ll have to leave it for a few years.
I’m looking forward to getting back out bush and taking on another challenging long distance trail. Here is a run down on the gear I will be bringing along: https://lighterpack.com/r/4hc721