223 episodes

Australian Hiker is Australia’s premier hiking podcast as well as providing a southern hemisphere view on overseas hiking. We are Australia’s most downloaded hiking podcast with regular episodes being released every two weeks covering gear and trail reviews, hiking practice, recipes and skills. Bonus episodes will be released at least once a month and include interviews from the trail as well as with relevant industry and allied professionals. Let us do all the research for you.

Australian Hiker Gill & Tim Savage Australian Hiker

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    • 4.7 • 333 Ratings

Australian Hiker is Australia’s premier hiking podcast as well as providing a southern hemisphere view on overseas hiking. We are Australia’s most downloaded hiking podcast with regular episodes being released every two weeks covering gear and trail reviews, hiking practice, recipes and skills. Bonus episodes will be released at least once a month and include interviews from the trail as well as with relevant industry and allied professionals. Let us do all the research for you.

    AH 222-East Gippsland Rail Trail reality vs expectations

    AH 222-East Gippsland Rail Trail reality vs expectations

    In this podcast episode I discuss my pre trip expectations for the East Gippsland Rail Trail versus the reality of the trip itself. In many cases the trip panned out as expected but with any outdoor adventure there are always things that ended up going differently than expected. www.australianhiker.com.au

    • 39 min
    Episode 221-East Gippsland Rail Trail Interviews from the trail

    Episode 221-East Gippsland Rail Trail Interviews from the trail

    In this podcast episode I bring you a series of on trail recordings from my four day trip on the East Gippsland Rail Trail. These recordings will provide you with an overview of my trip, how I was feeling and the things that I was seeing in real time as I progressed which will hopefully provide some insight into this very different hiking adventure. www.australianhiker.com.au

     

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    AH 220-East Gippsland Rail Trail here I come!

    AH 220-East Gippsland Rail Trail here I come!

    In mid 2022 when I found my chosen hiking trail for my mid year trip ended up being closed for longer than was planned I needed to pivot and find a new adventure. I was looking for a roughly 4-5 day, 100k trip and also one that I could get to without it being a travel nightmare. Rail Trails have always been on my bucket list but after spending a bit of time searching for a replacement trip I came up with the East Gippsland Rail Trail in eastern Victoria to suit my needs.

    In this podcast episode, the first of three for this trail, we look at my expectations for this trip and discuss logistical issues prior to starting. Episode 221 will then bring you interviews from the trail and finally episode 222 with provide a final wrap up to see how my pre trip expectations and the actually reality of this trip matched up. www.australianhiker.com.au

     

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    • 21 min
    AH 219-Rail Trails

    AH 219-Rail Trails

    I recently had to reschedule a multi-day hike for logistical reasons and after spending some time looking for a replacement trail, I decided to do one of Australia’s many Rails Trail. In this episode we catch up with Damian McCrohan from Rail Trails Australia to find out what you have been missing if you don’t consider these as part of your hiking adventures. www.australianhiker.com.au

     

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    • 31 min
    AH 218-Socks for hiking

    AH 218-Socks for hiking

    Socks are one of the smallest items of hiking clothing but just as important as the bigger more obvious pieces of equipment. Many people will use any pair of old socks they have in their sock drawer when they head out bush. If you put some thought into the decision about the socks you'll wear, will ensure a more comfortable and less problematic hike. In this episode we talk everything socks to help you choose the ones that will suit your individual needs. www.australianhiker.com.au

     

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    • 33 min
    AH 217-Choosing a jacket for hiking

    AH 217-Choosing a jacket for hiking

    In every hobby or activity we do there is always an ‘unofficial uniform’ and with hiking it’s the down jacket. But did you know that sometimes the ‘down’ jackets we see, while looking very similar, are made with other materials, sometimes natural alternatives like wool and sometimes synthetic materials; which is why these jackets are often known generically as ‘puffy/puffer jackets’. In this podcast episode we look at the pros and cons of the different insulation options on offer when choosing a jacket for warmth and hopefully provide a bit more clarity in helping you choose a jacket. www.australianhiker.com.au

     

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
333 Ratings

333 Ratings

Peter from Perth, Australia ,

Brilliant and practical

Practical, unbiased advice on everything hiking and more. Well thought and we’ll produced.

Unhappy 4321 ,

Tim is Too Confident

Tim exudes confidence but when he makes mistakes about things I know, I wonder what he is getting wrong about what I don’t know.

2 examples:
1) He calls snowgums “mallee”. Maybe once, to describe them, but to repeatedly use that name is not a good look;
2) He called those bags that hang off the side of bicycles “paneers”. That is a type of Indian bread. The correct panier is “panIer” (pron. “pan-i-er”).

Other reviewers’ comments are otherwise apt.

BirdDottir ,

Good but could bet great

I really enjoy this podcast. I’m a subscriber & I look forward to each episode release, but after 3 years of listening there are a few things that could be improved.
1. Tim can be quite smug in his assessment of his ways of doing things. It doesn’t leave room for alternative ways and whys of doing things to be celebrated. I am a very, very experienced hiker & I consider myself UL. I find that there are so many ways of doing things that work. I will never be done learning ways to improve. Tim implies that his wisdom is the last word and doesn’t leave a space for other ‘right’ ways to DO hiking.
2. Gill needs to find her own voice. She often chimes in with goofy add- ons rather than genuine perspectives. She laughs off her own suggestions like they’re not as valid as Tim’s. Tim is implicit in this too. Gill you’re the co- host, not a support act.
3. Get some diverse guests. Genuine folks with experience that have more to offer than just the Gill & Tim show. Past interviews with hikers are great, but there needs to be more diversity & perspectives rather than ‘straight cis white people of financial means’. Get some girls on, have a girl stuff show. Get some gays on, talk about being a LGBTQIA+ hiker in Aus. Get some POC on, talk about racism/ acceptance on trail. Get some dis/multi ability folks on, talk about ability access. Get some youth on, talk about the future of hiking. Get people on who live on trail because they don’t have secure & safe housing (eg: Packanimal from the Bibb). Get some people on who escape to the bush for their mental health. Recognise that the thing we have in common is hiking, but the places we come from and what we bring to trail is vastly different.

Gill and Tim offer a good podcast that is informative and educational. A great hiking podcast does not need to exist around trails and gear but around the people that make up the community. As Gill reminds us ‘downloaded over 1/2 a million times’- that’s good, but it would be great if all of the listeners could feel valid as legitimate hikers & feel like they are ‘seen’ by our hosts.

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