Find out the latest news about the Track and the Foundation before you set off for your next walk.
13 November 2017
With a new venue and deciding to open up the event to all our followers not just members, we had a great turn out.
It was a very moving presentation on a unique journey walked by Sarah Hyde - following the Rabbit Proof Fence Walk. Sarah is a very eloquent speaker whos passion, consideration and respect of those whos' footsteps she followed flowed through her entire presentation. Fresh from her journey her account was passionate and full of lots of details and with the beautiful photos she shared it was hard not to be caught up in her spiritual account.
It was great to have two of our sponsors, Mountain Design and Sea to Summit, at this presentation. Lots of people had lie down on the Sea to Summit sleeping mat and sampling the delicious Back Country Cuisine range. As always the door prizes and lucky answers prize give away were fun.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Annual Tales from other Trails night!
13 November 2017
SUEZ makes the best use of water and waste by providing smart and reliable resource management solutions. The local team provides solutions that supply seven million Australians with safe drinking water and diverts 1.2 million tonnes of waste from landfill every year.
Our association with the company harks back to 2011 when a landfill facility was proposed near the Track. The Foundation’s concerns around visual and noise impacts for walkers were taken into consideration and SUEZ established screening and other initiatives to ensure that the operation has had minimal impact on walkers.
WA State Infrastructure Manager, Craig Barker, said “SUEZ takes its role as a responsible neighbour very seriously and it’s great to hear none of your walkers have raised any concerns about our operations. We intend keeping it that way.
We have a great team of operators and a substantial investment in equipment on site which can contribute to track maintenance and we look forward to working with the Foundation to ensure there continues to be minimal impact to the Track and its users.”
The Foundation looks forward to establishing a positive partnership with SUEZ over the next three years.
7 November 2017
A few places are still available on our adventure in Nepal combining a fabulous 8-day trek with a few days volunteering to help a remote community rebuild its school.
This is a great opportunity for us to help raise money for the Foundation and contribute to a substantial international service project - all the while travelling on the adventure of a lifetime!
After exploring the fascinating city of Kathmandu we head to the site of our service project, Kshamawati Higher Secondary School. The school is located in North Eastern Nepal in the Dolakha district. We will spend time here donating our time and effort to help the local labour force rebuild a portion of the school affected by the earthquake. You do not need to have any trade skills, just willing to muck in and help.
We then travel to the Annapurna region and complete a stunning trek, off the main trails, through small Gurung villages gaining incredible views of the majestic Annapurna mountain range. The rhododendron forests should be in full bloom.
This is a fully supported camping based trek run by sponsor, World Expeditions, including three hearty meals per day.
If you have an interest in leaving behind something positive and tangible in the places you pass through then this trip is for you!
Two departure dates:
- 29 Mar - 13 Apr
- 07 Apr - 22 Apr
There are limited places available and bookings can be made directly with World Expeditions. Email World Expeditions or phone (03) 8631 3300.
You will need to complete a booking form and pay a non refundable deposit.
2 November 2017
Jesse Brampton was brought up on a sheep farm south east of Perth. In April 1987 he decided to walk the Appalachian Trail in the USA, which stretches 3434 km from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south. Jesse walked its full length between May 1987 and September 1988. A year later, after his return to Australia, Jesse walked the Bibbulmun Track and was shocked by the comparison. The Bibbulmun Track at that time followed mostly gravel roads rather than paths through the bush, there was inadequate signage, no shelters along the way, few toilet facilities and no guaranteed supply of water—little to attract the inexperienced or family hiker. The Appalachian Trail by comparison had wooden shelters along its full length, adequate water supplies and volunteers maintaining the trail—and it offered walkers deep immersion in beautiful natural landscapes along most of its length.
Jesse added his powerful dissenting voice to those of others who had experienced the inadequacies of the old Bibbulmun Track and prepared a detailed proposal for the upgrading and extension of the Track, based on the Appalachian Trail. In October 1993 CALM accepted this proposal and set out to undertake a major overhaul of the Track, extend it to Albany and to turn it into one of the world’s great long distance trails. For this purpose, the Building a Better Bibbulmun Track Project was set up and a steering committee, headed by Jim Sharp of CALM, was appointed to oversee the management and general direction of the project. Jesse Brampton was appointed to the position of Project Contractor, and was given the daunting task of leading the design and construction of the new Track.
Following Jesse’s advice, the model chosen for the new Track was the Appalachian Trail and close connections were made at the Appalachian Trail Conference. The first requirement of the planning stage was to determine the physical alignment of the new Track. The goals that the team set themselves were to minimise conflicts of interest, to maximise the quality of the walkers’ experiences on the Track, and to offer a safe experience to as broad a range of people as possible.
To celebrate the Foundation's 20th Birthday we have been given the last 100 books from the last print run of Promises to Keep. The Foundation will receive 30% from every book sold. Thank you Jesse for your wonderful contribution to the Foundation.
The perfect Christmas gift for any hiker!
23 October 2017
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Clearly displaying the word HELP, it satisfies three of the priorities for survival in any climate or condition: warmth, shelter and a distress signal all in one, plus it can also be used for first aid. It has been designed for and tested in Australian outback conditions.
Bright yellow and easily seen large black print
Says HELP in giant letters
Windproof and Waterproof shelter
10 easy to follow sections of information
Super lightweight and measures 2.0 meters long x 1.3 meters wide
Highly reflective silver side
Shock and hypothermia treatment uses
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