Karl Miller
Karl on Mt Guoguang during 3 Peaks marathon
Karl on Mt Guoguang during 3 Peaks marathon
What started you bushwalking and when did you really get into it? It all began long, long ago in a land far away, when I was permanently traumatised by doing the Milford track at age 13, and vowed to avoid ‘tramping’ for life. Well, not the Milford Track itself, that was fine. However the 3 months of training every weekend that my parents did with us two boys in the Waitakere Ranges, west of Auckland, leading up to the Milford Track, did the damage. So what brought me back to the “dark side”? June 1991 found me staring down into the gaping chasm that is the Grand Canyon. A trip to the bottom and back just had to be done.
Why do you bushwalk? (What motivates you?) I enjoy the challenge. Whether it is the distance, height, terrain, logistics or navigation, I always find bushwalking challenging.
When did you join SBW? 2006
What were the 3 Q test walks you did and what memories do you have of them?

1 - Wentworth Falls / Jamieson Creek walk. It all went well - right up to the point we organised the car shuffle and a senior club member drove 20k past the turnoff with me following in hot pursuit.

2 – Solitary Traverse. It all went well - right up to the moment, 3 minutes from the start, when the leader ran off ahead of us, became “geographically embarrassed” and was never seen again till the end of the day. Neil and I chased hard over Mt Solitary but never ‘caught up’.

3 – Overnight walk to find the plane wreck near Mt Guouogang. I remember walking in Friday night to camp on the Coxs River about midnight. We never found the wreck, but very nearly reached Guouogang and back in one day. Boy, does that leader have something to answer for!!!

What's your favourite piece of gear in your pack and why? Am I allowed two? My pack, the ULA Relay. At 30L odd it concentrates the mind regarding what can remain at home. My tarp, because I made it myself and I think it looks like the real deal.
Which piece of gear couldn't you live without and why? Kitchen weigh scale – allows me to make informed choices of what gear I will take. Duct tape – 1001 uses.
Volleys, runners or boots? Trail runners for sure. They have taken me to Everest and BC, the Top of Kilimanjaro, and the length of the AAWT. The Spinifex of Central Australia nearly beat them though!!! See Duct Tape use # 1003.
Average, Light or Ultra Light pack? Ultralight! It provides an element of challenge and allows me to enjoy my walking, as I am seldom aware I am carrying a pack. Most of Australia is ideal for minimal gear, so take advantage of it – your body will love you for it. You can also have some fun by packing a heavy “treat” for the group. The looks on the faces of the party when a fresh pineapple appeared from my pack at the end of a very difficult and trying day 3 (of 5) was priceless.
What is the weight of your standard weekend pack not including water? Less than 6kg. I aim for a base weight (before food and water) of 4.5kg and a total of 7kg for a weekend.
What's your walking motto? Less is more.
What's one piece of advice you can offer new walkers that you wish you knew when you started? Buy yourself a copy of Ray Jardine’s “Trail Life” – Solid advice from the granddaddy of ultra-light “reflecting 25,000 miles of trail tested know-how”. And, you really will not be eaten alive if you sleep under a tarp or fly rather than a tent.
Favourite walking areas? I’m a bit of a Tassie Tragic. It is just so different to the rest of the country.
Most memorable walks? The infamous “Cedar Creek” walk, K2K ANZAC w/e 2005, Kakadu, West McDonalds, AAWT, 3 Peaks 08 (when David wrote himself into history books) and a certain Blue Breaks trip when “he who shall not be named” provided enough campfire ammunition for the next decade.
Describe the kind of walks you like to do and your style? Most of my walks are overnight and involve hills. Contrary to popular belief not all of them start before dawn and end after midnight J. Day walks that I lead have a reputation for being at the extreme end of the range (usually training for something even more extreme). In the last 18 months I have had the opportunity to do a number of extended walks and intend to do more.
What's your walks philosophy? Bring ‘em home alive.
What's on your walking wish list? Kimberley, Western Arthurs, Patagonia, European Alps.

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