My 12 Hike Challenge 2018

While browsing the net the other day, I stumbled upon a thing called the ’12 Hike Challenge’. A concept invented by a fellow outdoors blogger, Solo Hiker.

You create a list of 12 (or more) hikes for the year, and to try to tick off one per month. “The idea is to get out there regularly”, says Solo Hiker. The beauty of the challenge is the ability for the individual to chop and change depending on their fitness, experience, time, etc.

A lot of brainstorming and refining went in to my list, and I have come up with a challenge that I feel will test me and take me to some spectacular places. Here goes.

Climb a new mountain

I’ve just about climbed em all close to home, often multiple times. Further afield there’s more than a few that pique my interest. I’ll pick one and go.

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On the summit of Gungartan

Camp on top of a mountain

An old favourite – walk up a peak, stay overnight, and walk down the next day. Camping near the summit is the lazier way to achieve a mountaintop sunrise.

Camp in a cave

It’s like a childhood dream. Who hasn’t fantasised at least once in their life about sleeping in a cave?

An off-track hike

I can practice my navigation skills and go to places that are less-frequently visited. I always enjoy the challenge of walking off the beaten track.

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Off track walking towards Gungartan

A hike of at least six days

We have an idea for this one, and we might not be too far from locking it in. Either way, I’ll be hiking for at least six days.

Summit one of the state 8

The State 8 is a peak-bagging challenge to reach the highest point in each of Australia’s states and territories. Preferably but not necessarily one I haven’t climbed yet.

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On top of Mount Ossa, Tasmania’s tallest mountain (1617m)

A sunrise hike

I find that I really have to earn a sunrise, and that’s what makes it so special.

Anecdote: A friend and I climbed Mount Sturgeon for sunrise. We started our climb at around 4 am. On top, it began raining. Unfortunately, our packs weren’t waterproof. We sat there for half an hour shivering in the cold and wet while we waited for the first rays to peek above the horizon. Our bacon and eggs were a bit sloppy, but they still tasted better over a sunrise.

A desert hike

It will likely be in one of Victoria’s pseudo-deserts. I’ve never hiked in anything close to a desert before, so it will be a new experience.

A snow hike

I have really enjoyed heading up to the snow the past couple of years. I am keen to get out this year on snowshoes, or even to learn how to ski.

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Snowshoeing the Bogong High Plains

A gruelling physical challenge

It’s good to be tested once in a while. I will set myself a challenge that will push my limits, and attempt to complete it.

Note: Solo Hiker’s rules for the challenge state “hikes can be challenging but should not exceed abilities”. It’s about having fun. Know your limits and be safe out there. See full rules set here.

Re-live an old favourite

The best way to reminisce is to just go and do it again! I have racked up plenty of favourites over the years, so it will be interesting to see where I end up.

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Barn Bluff, Tasmania

A mystery hike

To give this challenge some flexibility. I am open to suggestions! Comment below or get in touch via email or social medias.

So here’s my list:

Climb a new mountain
Camp on top of a mountain
Camp in a cave
An off-track hike
A hike of at least six days
Summit one of the State 8
A sunrise hike
A desert hike
A snow hike
A gruelling physical challenge
Re-live an old favourite
A mystery hike

Got any anecdotes or suggestions for me? Comment below.

Lastly, I dare you to set your own 12 Hike Challenge. Let me know about it in the comments below.

 

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14 thoughts on “My 12 Hike Challenge 2018

  1. Awesome list!
    I’m keen to try out a bit of snowshoeing too and the desert hike is an interesting one I hadn’t considered!
    A mystery hike could be one involving a geocache – I love hunting these down!
    I’m loving seeing the list some folks are coming up with! You’ve put a lot of thought into yours and I think you’ll have heaps of fun!
    Glad you’ve taken up the challenge and I look forward to reading your blogs!

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    1. Thanks Nathan!
      If you want to join me on any of these hikes (perhaps snowshoeing or the desert hike), just swing me a message!
      I really like the geocache suggestion. I haven’t done a whole lot of it but that sounds a very fun and interesting one.
      Thanks mate, firstly for the concept, and for the kind words. Likewise.

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  2. Pretty cool idea. Here my suggestions:
    Cave: dr. Darks cave, blue mountains, NSW (special)
    Overnight on a peak: Brinkley Bluff from Stanley Chasm, Larapinta trail, NT (awesome), continue on the next sections, it you like.
    6 days: Jatbula Trail, Katherine, NT (relaxed) or Overland Track, TAS or of course Larapinta Trail or one of the long distance ones like Bilbulmun, WA, or the H… something one through Flinders Range to Adelaide and further, SA
    Physical challenge: Mt Feathertop, 32 K circle, Alpine NP, VIC or even more better, the Mountain at Cape Tribulation during the Wet, QL ;-P

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    1. Thanks Maria!
      Wow, some great suggestions in here. I’m a long, long way from most of those places you mentioned, but I won’t rule anything out. Definitely a lot of bucket list material.
      Happy hiking,
      Sam.

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  3. Hey Sam. Join us in April, we’ll head to Federation Peak. Should take 6 days from Farmhouse creek for a party of 4. We’ll also camp near the summit at Bercharvaise plateau so you can say you have done few challenges in one peak for a package:
    Climb a new mountain
    Camp on top of a mountain
    A hike of at least six days
    A sunrise hike
    A gruelling physical challenge

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