The adventure begins (almost)

ONLY 7 days to go! I began to feel that inkling of excitement in me about 5 days ago and now with each day passing the excitement within me is growing. I can hardly believe that my first self-motivated big adventure is going to happen, the starting line is so close now.

With all my preparation and training I am almost ready, just some last minute things to attend to now. Food is my final major preparation agenda with four week of food to buy next week. Perishables and top ups will be bought along the way.

Finally I have the correct size pack and I took it on a two hour test hike partially loaded the other day and apart from a minor adjustment to the back length it was perfect. Can’t wait to put all my gear in it and see how it goes fully loaded.

All the gear to go into my pack (minus a few small items)

 

Osprey Talon 44lt pack

 

I purchased new walking poles (an improvement on the cheap pair I was using) and gaiters to help protect me from snake bites. It is snake-breeding season in Tasmania and they are at their most active during this time, so a little extra precaution for peace of mind is always best.

Hiking Poles, Gaiters, Hat & Sunnies

Still waiting for my EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon) to arrive apart from that I think I have all my gear sorted. I finally found two pairs of shoes I am happy with and have decided to take both pairs (Paul will carry one pair in the car) to test them over the long term on the trail. This should give me a good idea of what I like for future walks.

Solomon Hiking Shoes & Brooks Trail Runners

I have done a complete itinerary of my journey and marked out campsites, rest stops and other important notes on my maps and trail guide. Paul is able to access most of my campsites so he will be great company in the evenings to talk about my highs and lows of trekking each day.

Video of gear

I have taken considerable time to research and weigh all my gear individually to get an idea of my final pack weight. I should have it under 12kg (fingers crossed) and I have created a short video to show you the gear I will be packing in my pack. I am probably taking too much (others carry a lightweight of 7-8kg) but as this is my first time doing this I will learn what I do and don’t need along the way. It is certainly better than the 18-20kg I anticipated taking a few months ago.

Before I leave I will be having a girls night out to see Tracks at the Village Gold Class to celebrate my departure. I read Robyn Davidson’s book (of the same name) back in the 90’s and was very inspired by what she achieved, I am so glad this movie is having an early release before I head off on my journey.

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Emma Davies

Very excited to follow your journey. Take lots of pics.

    Anni May

    Thank you for your excitement Emma… I certainly will be taking lots of pics, I emptied my iPhone photos last night to make way for all the new photos. 🙂

Bianca

Wow Anni, how neat and organized that looks! Wishing you the best and will most definitely keep track of your adventure!

    Anni May

    Thank you for your best wishes Bianca. My partner said to me just this morning how organised we are and how we will have to make use of all our preparation in the future, I am liking his thinking. 🙂

Rachelle

Cool Anni! Glad it’s all coming together. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

    Anni May

    Thanks for all your support and encouragement Rachelle. 🙂

Yazminh AB

Awesome, girl! So proud of you! (and your packing job looks great! going to Vegas in April – i could use your skills! 😉 ) Best of luck!!!

    Anni May

    Thanks Yazminh. Wish I could come and pack for you, ask any on my friends and they will tell you I am the queen of packing. 😀

Razwana

Mind those snakes ! Yikes !

Anni – this is going to be an awesome adventure and full of surprises. I second Emma’s request for you to take lots of pics. And take time to write your experience – the memories will live forever.

Good luck, my friend.

    Anni May

    Thank you Razwana… I will stomp loudly for the snakes and I have my walking poles to ward them off too, hopefully I wont see any. 🙂 Photos galore and notes jotted daily is the plan.

Judy

Snakes! yikes. Anni, I applaud your sense of adventure and courage. Yes definitely jot things down; you will have stories to tell! Good luck.

    Anni May

    Thank you Judy… Only two days to go now and the reality is starting to hit me. It is very exciting 🙂

Wendyk

Just completed a camping trip around Tasmania. Great way to experience the new day waking up in the outdoors. Look forward to following your trip.

    Anni May

    Hi Wendy,

    I hope you enjoyed your trip around Tasmania and all that it has to offer. I still look back on my walk across Tasmania with very fond memories, thank you for your comment.

    Cheers
    Anni May

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