Backpacks and Hiking Trails (I) – The great outdoors are closer to home

April 10, 2014 2 min read

Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia

The Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia is a trail that takes you through some of the wildest and most beautiful natural terrain on the planet (or so we hear). The trail is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Length: 40 miles (51 miles with the hike around Lake St. Clair)

The Details: Tasmania is one of the few living and breathing ecological laboratories in the world. Nearly half of the southern island is protected. It is home to a menagerie of famed wildlife, including the wombat, platypus, and, of course, the ever-famous Tasmanian devil. This fabled landscape, encompasses everything from highland mountains to eucalyptus groves and to rain forest. Just revel your senses with some of the most fantastic scenery on the planet.

Shorter than many of the worlds great thru-hikes, the Overland Track packs quite a punch. The trail delves straight into the biodiverse wildlands of Cradle Mountain–Lake St. Clair National Park. It starts with a gut-busting, breath-taking climb into the mountainous highlands of the island. When you finally reach the top, your senses will be tickled by the fantasy-like scenery of scenic alpine lakes and grasslands. After revelling yourself with the gorgeousness of the place you start diving down into the dense rain forest.

The trail and surrounding park are carefully managed by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, who prefers to break it down into a six-day event, for accessibility purposes. Sure, it may be slow for some of us, but the agency’s plan is the best way to truly savour the trail. It includes some extra-credit side trips, such as a scramble up Tasmania’s highest peak, 5,305-foot Mount Ossa. And it’s fairly easy to pack light since a hut system on the trail means you don’t need a tent or hardcore hiking equipment. Also many hikers recommend to tackle the worthwhile hike around Lake St. Clair—Australia’s deepest lake—to end the hike instead of the easy way out, riding the ferry across to the finish.

When to Go: Tasmania Parks and Wildlife requires willing hikers to book reservations in advance and travel north to south during the prime season from October 1 to May 31. The weather can be rough in winter but you are free to hike as you please, of course.

And the questions keep pouring in: How to pack? What to pack? In what to pack? How to go about it?

Well, we'll leave the details to you, as you know best what you need. And if you need some pointers, here's some of our tips and tricks on how to go about it.

For an easy in and easy out we recommend the Gregory Z30 28L Medium Pack.

Gregory Z30 28L Medium Backpack

This lightweight and sturdy backpack is the perfect fit for taking head-on The Overland Trail. You can stuff in roughly 30 lbs. worth of adventuring gear, which is more than enough for the one week you'll be spending here.

Features: Due to it's innovative system, it keeps your back cool and dry by providing unrestricted airflow across your back. The DTS harness makes the frame stiffer as the load increases, ensuring the weight gets transferred directly to the hipbelt, so you don't lose that nimble spirit.

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