Rachel Grindlay

Rachel (right) leading a SBW trip in The Kimberley in 2015
Why do you bushwalk? 

I get bored easily so walking all day keeps me occupied! I like going to new places so you’ll rarely find me doing the same walk twice.

When did you join SBW? 2009 - Tom (Brennan – also a leader) & I found our outdoors friends were increasingly becoming indoors friends or only-very occasionally outdoors friends… and as much as we enjoy each other’s company we wanted to meet some like-minded people who wanted to go into the bush every weekend.
What's your favourite piece of gear in your pack and why? Not really into gear. Though I’m pretty happy with my Summit Gear overnight pack (in the photo!) it’s taken a beating over the years and still going strong.

What is the average weight of your overnight pack, without water? Not sure, I’m not a light-weight obsessive. Maybe 12kg? Depends if we’re having luxury happy hour or not!
What's one piece of advice you can offer new walkers that you wish you knew when you started? There’s lots of different types of walks. You don’t have to go bush-bashing. But you might learn to love it.
Most memorable walk? Before I joined SBW a friend of mine organised his 30th birthday party in a camp cave. We got given maps with instructions like ‘take a bearing at the three-pronged tree’, ‘turn left at the large boulders’. Unsurprisingly almost everyone got lost to a greater or lesser extent. In retrospect we were very lucky no one got hurt. Full story at: http://grindlay.org/bushwalking/20031213_cb30th_report.html
What kind of walks do you like?
Something I haven’t done before! I like getting off-track (both in the literal and figurative sense). Not afraid of bush-bashing, I actually find it quite satisfying. You’re more likely to find me on a walk where we cover 10km but are walking all day due to the terrain then a 25km track walk.
What's on your walking wish list? I’m saving Europe for retirement when I want to sleep in a bed and have someone cook me dinner! But it’s a long way before then so in the more immediate future I’d like to go back to the Kimberley (I organised a 2 week SBW trip there in 2015), explore the Budawangs more and Tassie if I can get over the thought of having to spend a week in a tent due to poor weather.
Any other passions/interests?Over summer I spend most weekends canyoning. January to April I play Ultimate Frisbee competitively.

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