Kenn Clacher


Kenn and friends in the Moroccan Sahara Desert after leading an SBW traverse of the High Atlas Mountains (Kenn is the one in the front row)


Why do you bush walk?


Because I enjoy it.


When did you join SBW?


What's your favourite piece of gear in your pack and why?

Anything that has three, four or more uses.


What is the average weight of your overnight pack, without water?

I don’t really know.  It must be over ten years since I last did a normal weekend walk.  Around ten years ago I wrote an article for The Sydney Bushwalker about lightweight bushwalking in which I noted that my pack on a recent three-day walk weighed 10.7kg, including around 1kg of leader’s gear.  On a later three-day trip my pack weighed 9kg.  For a two-week Kakadu walk my pack would weigh around 14-15kg at the start.  For two-three weeks in the Dolomites - less than 10kg including via ferrata gear -  harness, helmet and energy absorber.


What's one piece of advice you can offer new walkers that you wish you knew when you started?

The ultimate bushwalking luxury is a light pack.  And you don’t have to be a light weight fanatic to achieve a light pack.

A memorable walk?

In Australia, any of the seven or eight walks I have done in Kakadu.

What kind of walks do you like?

I like walks with some steep and high bits in them, preferably a few days’ walk from a formed track.


Do you have a walks philosophy or motto?

Go somewhere new, stay away from tracks if possible, be safe, have fun,

What's on your walking wish list?

Return to Kimberley, Tasmania and New Zealand.  Ladakh, Dolpho, Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan etc.), Caucasus, Ecuador, Central America – anywhere I haven’t been, really.


Any other passions/interests?

Skiing is even more fun than bushwalking.



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February 2017 - Autumn Program released!

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