All about light weight, ultra light hiking, backpacking, bushwalking, hunting, tracks, trails, adventures, gear, reviews…
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 http://www.finnsheep.com/Steve’sBlog.htm (if you don’t mind a bit of politics!) and http://www.finnsheep.com/index.htm – 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.