Roger and his son in Glacier NP, Canada
|What started you bushwalking and when did you really get into it?||When I was 8 I had a holiday in Katoomba. I explored all the tracks and I thought I was in Disneyland. I just loved exploring.|
|Why do you bushwalk? (What motivates you?)||I love the bush and just being out there. It is so renewing and refreshing|
|When did you join SBW?||The mid 1990’s. I married into the club.|
|What were the 3 Q test walks you did and what memories do you have of them?||The wild dogs, Otford to Bundeena and the overnight through Bungonia Gorge. My favourite memory was at Bungonia. I was walking with Bill Holand and just in front of us appeared 2 lyre birds singing to each other without taking any notice of us. It was sheer magic with the magnificent backdrop of the gorge.|
|What's your favourite piece of gear in your pack and why?||My altitude watch. I have an altitude obsession. I always want to know what it is and it also tells me how much more climbing I have to do. Once I climbed so high it went back to zero.|
|Which piece of gear couldn't you live without and why?||Boots for me but Jan, my wife is an original volley person having bought pairs from Spiro in the 1970’s and then never getting out of them. Boots give me a feeling of security and the leeches like crawling into them as well|
|Volleys, runners or boots?||Boots for me but Jan, my wife is an original volley person having bought pairs from Spiro in the 1970’s and then never getting out of them. Boots give me a feeling of security and the leeches like crawling into them as well|
|Average, Light or Ultra Light pack?||Average because I like to produce a little treat at camp time but I ensure it is a lightweight treat. I wouldn’t take a tent when a fly would do.|
|What is the weight of your standard weekend pack not including water?||14kg give or take a bit depending on the season.|
|What's your walking motto?||Slow and steady wins the race .It’s good to stride out and go fast for a while but it is also good to slow down and sniff the flowers|
|What's one piece of advice you can offer new walkers that you wish you knew when you started?||Get really good gear, light backpack and comfortable study shoes. Quality gear plus packing lightly adds so much pleasure to a walk, especially an overnight one. Also know that the bush is full of variety and it really makes walking that much more interesting when you know something about the environment you are walking through.|
|Favourite walking areas?||Blue Mountains and Ku-ring-gai Chase.|
|Most memorable walks?||Walking along the border in Lamington national Park. My story of that walk is in the May magazine.|
|Describe the kind of walks you like to do and your style?||Day walks near the water with lots of variety. I like to walk on routes that are seldom done and to trips that are not the stock standard ones and get to areas seldom visited.|
|What's your walks philosophy?||Enjoy the bush for its own sake and get to know it a little more each time. Never rush. It’s not a race. It’s great to tread on a piece of earth you have never trodden on before|
|What's on your walking wish list?||The Pennine way in the UK and the South Coast Track in Tassie.|
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