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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Bushwalking Mums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a bushwalking mama in the house? Here are 20 ideas that will inspire you and delight her:

  1.   A Canvas print of her favourite spot to look at when home.
  2.  A rugged camera that is waterproof, dust-proof, freeze-proof and crush-proof.
  3.  Relaxing and invigorating bath salt to enjoy after a bushwalk.
  4.  Mug with her favourite nature quote.
  5.  A good fiction book or DVD such as Wild.
  6.  A good bushwalking guide such as Bushwalking in Australia or a specific trial guide.
  7.  Good walking poles. 
  8.  A good hiking headlamp.
  9.  Hiking Store gift voucher for her to choose new hiking shoes, socks, water bottles or whatever she needs.
  10.  A practical daypack filled with everything she needs to just grab and go.
  11.  An adventure organised by you hiking with the family or some me-time bushwalking on her own. 
  12.  A photo book with images of all the bushwalks she has done to date.
  13.  A voucher for a pedicure and foot massage the next time she goes for a challenging walk or a home foot spa to use after walks.
  14.  Versatile and functional headwear that can be used as a hat, scarf, headband sun protection or bandana.
  15.  Fun travel games for overnight hikes.
  16.  Membership to Bushwalking Victoria or a bushwalking club in her area.
  17.  A hiking Magazine Subscription.
  18.  All weather Notepads are great for taking notes and writing down magic moments whilst on a walk.
  19.  Long folding spoon that is long enough to scrape the bottom of deep rehydrated dinner bags and easy to store together with her favourite freeze-dried meals. 
  20.  A rugged, waterproof smartphone case and portable charger. 

Enjoy finding that something special for your mum!

 

What to Look for in a Hiking Headlamp - Quick Guide

Headlamp

 

Why do we need a headlamp for hiking?

Even if you don't plan on hiking when dark, hikes may not always go to plan time or weather-wise, so it is good practice to always carry a working headlamp in your backpack. Hikers need their hands free for handling maps, getting things out of backpacks or using walking sticks, so a headlamp is far more practical than a torch.

 

Apart from choosing a good brand known for specialising, these are 5 important features to consider:

 

1) Water resistance/ waterproof:

Hiking takes place in all kinds of weather conditions so it is essential to have at least a weather resistant headlamp for wet weather. If you will be hiking through bodies of water, it may be good to prepare for a possible fall or swim in which case a waterproof headlamp is best (they are normally waterproof down to one meter deep).

 

2) Brightness and beam distance:

A good headlamp should provide good brightness and beam distance. There are many light features available such as wide beam/ narrow beam, combined beams, red light, lumens, etc.  

 

3) Weight:

 A lightweight headlamp weighing less than 200g is the best option for hiking.

 

4) Battery life: 

The longer the battery life the better of course. Some headlamps use disposable batteries, others have rechargeable batteries and solar chargers are available too. Sometimes it is easier to carry extra disposable batteries than a heavy power bank. 

 

5) Durability:

Headlamps need to be tough and should not be affected by the weather or crack when dropped. Waterproof headlamps are normally dustproof too.

 

So have a look at different buying guides, go to a store to try some on and speak to other hikers before you buy.

 

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