My wife Della & I (combined age then 120) heading off from Freney Lagoon on the second day of our walk across Tasmania in 2011. We took seven days. Between us we were carrying around 20 kilos at the start which included enough food for 10 days obviously with me carrying about two-thirds of that. These days we carry several kilos less than that for the same length trip!

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Hi, my name is Steve Jones. Welcome! I am a semi-retired sheep farmer in Gippsland Victoria, Australia. This page is a ‘work in progress’. Here I have collected some things I have written over the last few years about hiking/camping/canoeing/farming/nature observations etc. I will be adding to it on a regular basis with new photos, adventures, product/ideas, suggestions and so on…

Please do not judge this site too harshly. This is not a commercial site, nor do I have any staff or 20,000 members – such as a similar site might have. This is all just my own (part-time) work. I appreciate the positive comments and encouragement though – and the ‘likes’ on The Ultralight Hiker – Facebook Page Please Keep them up!

This is a new version of my older website, Ultralight Hiking (Far Right on the menu Bar – you may prefer reading it – as you can just scroll down). I am currently in the process of bringing over older posts, editing, adding photos etc. There are over 950 posts now. I expect there will be over 1000 when I have finished that process. Together with my other sites there are well over 2,000 unique A4 pages for you to read, and (I hope) enjoy!

In the meantime, if you would like to read more you can go to my old site, a page of advice here: Hiking Advice Third on the Menu Bar, THE UPPER YARRA TRACK & TRACK INSTRUCTIONS if you are interested in walking Victoria’s greatest track! There are also links to other pages of mine’sBlog.htm (if you don’t mind a bit of politics!) and – if you are interested in sheep.

An interesting way to explore the site is to use the ‘Search’ facility at the top right hand corner. Try typing a word there (eg ‘Food’) and see what surprising things it finds…I can see I need to add lots more photos (and links)! I am working on it!

I have been hiking, hunting, canoeing etc now for over sixty years, and am still doing so – though a little more slowly than I once did. I am (now) a retired farmer in Gippsland, Victoria and have spent very many years walking in the Victorian Alps & elsewhere (more often than not in winter) and in every different weather – on average every other weekend for at least the last thirty years. I hope to be able to continue my rambling for some time to come.

I have camped out a lot, more than two years plus of my life in total (many thanks to my wife and my kids for that indulgence). I have often seen the failure of just about every type of gear, and experienced just about every disaster which can befall you in the wilderness, and survived.

So, if you dream of doing a bit of camping or hiking, perhaps I can offer some useful advice? I hope you find something interesting and/or helpful here.

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14 Responses

  1. Hi Steve – very much a fan of your approach and ideas – thank you. I would love to get hold of a version of the Bathtub Groundsheet Chair – can’t find anything of this style (i.e. one that doesn’t require me to fold up the sleeping mat) light enough – would you consider making / selling one. Kind regards Richard (UK)

    • Hi Richard, Thank you for your kind thoughts. I have only made a prototype so far of this chair which I have laid aside while I work on a couple of other promising projects, but I will come back to it. I am getting a couple of them ready for a Kickstarter campaign which I hope will lead me onto a Store on my website where I will no doubt offer the product you would like and quite a few other of my ideas, including a new one which is just too good to take the risk of posting about, but which you will want too! Next year I think. I am so busy about the farm right now since it is spring. It would be nice if I wasn’t nearly 70 and so busy, but so it goes. As I have said before, ‘Watch this space’. Cheers, Steve.

  2. Mike McKernan

    Howdy Steve – love you posts all reflect my own experience / principles – been up the Wonnangatta Moroka Glen when you had to drive through Happy Valley before the bypass so love your posts on this area as they have such fond memories for me – anyway could you pls get in contact with me as I was at the SSAA deer stalkers mtg a couple of months ago and GMA Vic was using some of your content which I didnt think was appropriate and thought you should be aware of it. – Cheers Mike

    • Thank you Mike. The Wonnangatta-Moroka certainly is one of my favourite places. I have a photo of my then very small children (all over thirty now) on the verandah of Harry Smith’s hut taken many years ago to prove we went that way once too. I will message you privately about the other matter.

    • The head of the GMA is equally dismayed by my photo of the ‘River Stag’ being used in an ‘anti-hunting’ context. There will be an investigation, a retraction and an apology in due course I suspect. If there is not, there may well be legal action. Thanks for alerting me to this. Cheers, Steve.

  3. Hi Steve,
    I’m really enjoying reading your posts, it’s clear you’re very experienced in the outdoors and your passion shows through your work.
    Thanks for all the information!

    • Thank you Justin. Hope you enjoy deer hunting. I am working on a new story tonight. I may finish it tomorrow – or the next day. There is still so much other work to do. It is called, ‘A Wild River Stag’.

  4. Gday Steve, would love to hear more about how the western tyres is going and if any progress has been made since this post was put up.

    • Hi Brent, Sorry for the slow reply. Computer problems. I haven’t done any more work up there since my last post. I hope to clear the tracks between Western Tyers and Caringal and Palmers to Growlers over summer. Maybe do some clearing along the Tyers River for canoeing too. Being nearly 70 I don’t get a lot done. Cheers, Steve.

  5. Hi Steve,

    I have just discovered your wonderful blog. My wife and I recently opened a lightweight outdoor gear store so to read about your ultralight adventures is fantastic. We also live in Gippsland (Phillip Island) and are keen to make contact with you. Please visit our website and contact through

  6. Great posts so far, New Zealand’s Fjordland looks amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog, exploringtheearth. I look forward to more from you, cheers!

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