Haydn Colegate

Completed: 20 February 2017

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Haydn Colegate
  • Start date: 20 January 2017
  • Age When Completed: 20
  • Direction Walked: North to South

General Comments

Amazing experience, would recommend it to anybody. Also good to see such a variety of people walking the Track, young and old, male and female, different nationalities.

Food/Supplies Comments

No issues with food. I used ‘Back Country’ meals combined with pasta for lunch and dinner, as well as pasta with soup mix and the ‘Continental’ style 2 minute meals with pasta and had cereal and powdered milk for breakfast. Homemade trail mix and 3 muesli bars for snacking during the day and 3 packets of 2min noodles as emergency supplies.

Favourite Section

Balingup to Blackwood campsite.


Seeing the coast for the first time after Woolbales campsite, conquering 3 mountains in one day, view from Blackwood campsite for sunset.

Personal Reactions

A very rewarding experience. Both mentally and physically challenging but worth every blister, strain and sprain.


Quite a few dugites, ridiculous amounts of spiders, various birds, emus, kangaroos, wallabies, quenda, lizards, Gould’s monitors, frogs, flies.

Your Best Equipment

Jetboil cooker. Easy to use, efficient and can get fuel from almost anywhere.

Your Worst Equipment

Garmin etrex 10 GPS. Very time consuming to use without any track/map loaded on and without any topographic info.

Advice for Others

Make sure you have a roll of toilet paper! Many a campsites without toilet paper along the Track.
(Please note the Foundation does not supply toilet paper!!!) Also Gaia GPS is a very helpful app (for apple, not sure about other programs) as it shows the Track and uses GPS, does not require phone reception.