Paul Barton

 Paul proving irresistible to the butterflies in the Wollangambe


Why do you bush walk?


Because I love to exercise and forget about work. If I can do so in a beautiful place with like minded people then that's even better.


When did you join SBW?



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

My Safe-T- Step shoes. They are extremely uncool -who said walking was a fashion contest- but very well suited to the places I walk. 


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

11kg, give or take a bottle of red wine.


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

One of the most difficult aspects of bushwalking is walking up and down hills. Carrying a backpack triples the energy required. Stair climbing provides basic preparation for hills.

A memorable walk?

The pondage. Whilst on an exploratory walk we stumbled across a beautiful camp site. It had white sand, sheltering Ti Trees and a mini canyon with clean water. It is an oasis set amongst the most convoluted, rocky and scrubby terrain. I have returned many times since.

What kind of walks do you like?

For Q-walks, somewhere with a great view, through a variety of terrain that gives participants the confidence to progress to full membership.


For other walks, I like challenging myself to find new places in pristine environments. These walks involve risk and reward. Sometimes they are fantastic and other times absolutely rubbish. You need to be adventurous, fit and have a good sense of humour to enjoy them.


I also love rogaining because gps is banned and this provides for great navigational challenges

Do you have a walks philosophy or motto?

I'll let any prospective attend my Q-walks because I believe everyone deserves an opportunity to gain experience.

What's on your walking wish list?

Nepal and Ettrema.


Any other passions/interests?

Free public education, golf, swimming, generally keeping fit, eating healthily and meditation.



New Members Information Night
New Members Information Nights are held every month except January, at 16 Fitzroy Street Kirribilli, 7:30pm - 8:30 pm on the second Wednesday the month.


February 2017 - Autumn Program released!

The Autumn Program for 2017 is now out and has been emailed to members. Check it out for lots of great walks around Sydney and beyond. If you haven't got your copy, it can be downloaded from the Member's Area of the website. You'll need to login to access it.


Prospective Members, watch your Qs

Are you a Prospective Member and have completed your Qualifying (Q) day walks and overnight trip as well as the first aid and navigation training requirements? If yes, then you're eligible to become a Full Member!


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