Michael Robinson (Michael R)

Completed: 9 June 2022

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Michael Robinson
Michael R
  • Start date: 27 February 2022
  • Age When Completed: 64
  • Direction Walked: South to North
  • Others in Group:

    Glenn Moyle

General Comments

While this was one of the more difficult challenges I’ve undertaken it was, far and away, the most rewarding.  My only regret is not having made the effort years ago.

Food/Supplies Comments

Food supplies are one of the heaviest items you will carry so source dehydrated, high in energy meals.  About 700 grams per day should nett you about 2,400 calories.  Even then, be prepared to lose a little personal weight along the way.

Favourite Section

There are too many to mention.  Each section has it’s own character and scenery.


Stunning south coastal views, the short but spectacular section from Peaceful Bay to Rame head and my 64th birthday spent at the delightful Schafer campsite on a glorious sunny day.

Personal Reactions

Apprehensive when first starting out, followed by some moments of “why am I doing this?” when trudging through some of the sandy scrubland, onto beginning to see and feel the value in persisting, finally to getting into the rhythm of track life and eager anticipation of what the day ahead would bring.


An echidna that meandered across the track one day, then panicked and buried it’s head under a nearby log while leaving it’s body exposed.  Not an everyday sight for us city dwellers.

Your Best Equipment

My Salomon Quest 4 GTX boots.  1,200 km plus, zero blisters, waterproof and solid as a rock all the way.

Your Worst Equipment

Trekking poles.  What a waste of money.  Not suitable for much of the track down South and always getting in the way when you need hands free.  Ditched mine 3 days into the trek and never felt the need to want them again.

Advice for Others

Work hard to keep your packweight to a minimum and work on the premise that, if in doubt leave it out.  Just a saving of 1kg overall is significant when it’s on your back for 20km or more a day.