ISBN 978-0-6485111-3-7
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Feed the Hike

In my life my hope is to encourage more people to get outside and experience nature and explore what this world really has to offer us other than what is in our immediate surroundings.

I would like to introduce to you all in this new book ‘Feed the Hike’, sustaining your hike with mind, body and diet.

Time spent in nature has been proven over and over to be the medicine we all need, the nutrients our bodies crave. It gives us mentally and physically the goodness that is essential to a healthy happy life, especially in this modern artificial fast paced world we now live in. The evidence of the health benefits have just been overwhelming and I also know through personal experience that yes Nature is the Nurture we need.

In my book I want to share some tips and ideas from my own experiences of many years with thousands and thousands of kilometres walked. You will also hear from well-seasoned hikers as they share with us their own tips and knowledge, perhaps helping to avoid making some silly mistakes, while letting us just focus more on making our journey a great one.

I have a guest writer and Physiotherapist, Damian Vance, he is sharing with us some of his knowledge on achieving and keeping your body in prime condition. Damian will also be giving us those important tips on what you can do on the trail if things go wrong.

You will find a chapter on Menu Planning and on what Equipment you might take with you on the trail as this can be daunting when planning a long hike.

There is also Trail Foods that I have personally tried and tested throughout my hiking life. With my ideas and recipes, I hope to help you avoid many of the prepacked foods and add more healthy choices into your menu planning for your journey. I also included a chapter about Dehydrating, this is something I am asked about a lot so I am excited to share my knowledge with you all.

About the Author

Time spent in nature has been proven over and over to be the medicine we all need, the nutrients our bodies crave. It gives us mentally and physically the goodness that is essential to a healthy happy life, especially in this modern artificial fast paced world we now live in.

Countless Universities studies have been done and proven the tremendous healthy effect that nature has on humans. Over time we have been evolving away from nature and entering this artificial world and this has been showing in the increase of health issues including obesity, depression, anxiety, allergies and so on. I am not saying that nature is the cure all, but I do believe that having time in nature is certainly beneficial to one’s health and should not be ignored.

The evidence of the health benefits have just been overwhelming and I also know through personal experience that yes Nature is the Nurture we need.

For some time now, I have been sharing many of my experiences of hiking and exploring through freelance writing for magazines, my Social Media pages, my Website and also expanded into having a YouTube channel. In 2017 I walked a trail in my homeland that has always held special feeling for me. Not completely sure why or even if I can explain the feelings to you but for me when I step on this trail I feel at home. I feel safe, comfortable, familiar like it is an old friend. It could be because I grew up in the area this trail was conceived and I did spend my childhood playing around the bushland it goes through, either way it is certainly a special one.

This trail I talk about is the Bibbulmun Track and it is just over 1000km long bush track that starts in my hometown of Kalamunda and ends at the bottom of Western Australia in the port city of Albany.

I decided after returning from hiking up through Norway that I really should hike the whole of this trail instead of just using it as a training ground. It started off as a hike for me that morphed into something else. It became a journey that I call of two sides and even though I still had my side to the journey with my own personal reasons there was the side of it I very much wanted to share with the world.

I opened up sections of my journey for people to come and walk a little with me having some wonderful people respond and join in. I also opened up my final day (day 54) and the last 20kms of hiking the trail for people to come along, walk and share the experience with me as well as donating to the Foundation that looks after and maintains this track. The response was just

outstanding and even today when I think back of all the people who showed up to support makes me tear up with joy.

The final part to this side of the walk was that I produced a documentary, Bibbulmun Journeys, to just be able to share this truly unique track with the world as well as give back to the track that means so much to me. It’s a film not only on the amazing track itself and its beauty but it is about the people who love it and care for it. This has been a journey like no other and one I have been so very proud of.

In my life my hope is to encourage more people to get outside and experience nature and explore what this world really has to offer us other than what is in our immediate surroundings.