Sustainable lifestyle

Recently, I have been on a journey to live a more sustainable lifestyle and reducing my carbon footprint. Inspired after reading books like Dark emu by Bruce Pascoe, Homo Sapiens and Homo Dues by Yuval Noah Harari and the Ethical Butcher by Reed Berlin. Watching Cooked by Michael Pollan and Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.

I’m slowly changing my diet to be more of an ethical omnivore limiting my meat consumption to meats that have a smaller carbon footprint like Kangaroo, Wallaby, Crocodile, Tasmanian Possum, free range chickens and eggs from farmers I know.  I also try to eat more of a vegetarian diet and eat meat less, kind of 80/20 ratio.

I’m trying to drive less and cycle more, investing in an all rounder bike that you will start to see on my instagram as I incorporate bike packing into my adventures.

Focus on Ecotourism, I lead hikes for a local mountaineering club, and when I go on holidays I support local business and explore the area and local for ethical tour guides.

I’m in the process of setting up my own veggie garden but also supporting my apartment complex community garden. I am composting a lot more and have an arrange with the local community for people to use my compost bin which is collected for a community compost group on a monthly basis.

I’ve also limiting my plastic waste consumption at home using bulk food sources, reusable bags, brown paper bags for veggies. I found that I am struggling the most with it comes to packing food for hiking. So I’m looking at better solutions for food storage without impacting food hygiene and safe food consumptions as I dehydrate my own food.

The fight to be more environmentally and ethically conscious :

  • Shop for seasonal local produce
  • Shop of environmental and ethical meats – invasive species, kangaroo, crocodile, possum
  • Go on ecotourism hiking, supporting countries that live only on tourism
  • Invest in ethical/environmental products – is the company sourcing and supporting ethical, and sustainable products, who are they supporting politically
  • Buy second hand – clothing and furniture
  • Grow/make your own
  • Volunteer RFS (environment), Youth at risk in LGBTI communities
  • Respect and support indigenous culture

New year, New goals

Last year, I learnt a lot about activity moderation and self-care. Where by the end of last year I took on an overwhelming amount of activities, which I filled every second of my free time before, after work and on weekends. My mind and body suffered, and it took me months to recover from just how much strain I put on myself.

This year, the focus will be on activities that are relaxing, flexible and provide positive personal growth and mental health. The list below, highlights outdoor recreation activities and leadership skills I will be working towards. This provides both physical, mental and personal growth.

#1 – Taekwondo on hold

I am a red belt going into brown belt in WTF Taekwondo, but I have lost my motivation distracted by so many other activities I want to do this year. I would not be able to focus on the work required to perfecting forms and techniques. For now, I will be delaying my return.

#2 – Exploration hikes

Since completing the arduous Nattai River, Russells Needle exploration, I have been initiated into more arduous and technical hiking with the club. An exciting personal achievement, and a step towards mountaineering.

*Field Report to be provided for mentioned trip

#3 – Lead an overnight hike

My hiking mentors believe, I’m at a level where I can start leading my own hikes with the club. There are a few skills I need to practice, and courses I want to do that will help my confidence in leading.

My plan is to utilize this website as a lead hiker’s portfolio and field journal of my experiences. Which gives potential attendees of the future hikes a chance of getting to know me and my skillset before engaging in a trip with me.

#4 – Rock climbing and bouldering

I bought shoes, harness and helmet with full intentions in expanding my climbing experience from indoor to outdoor. This works out for both climbing and abseiling canyoning trips that I want to do in future.

The plan is to get to a medium to hard level of climbing/bouldering indoor so that my technique is refined before joining the Canberra Climbing association for outdoor climbing. I will be starting bouldering during January, whilst I wait to get my Belay pass for ANUMC climbing wall for orientation week in February.

#5 – Overnight bike packing and camping

I will need time to save money before I upgrade my current flat bar commuter. I’m looking at Fuji touring 2018 – Specialized Diverge for future road touring. Destination will be Launceston to Hobart 10-day trip for 2019.

#6 – 4 Day Survival Course by the Australian Survival Instructors (ASI)

I will hopefully be attending a comprehensive survival course that incorporates foraging, hunting and primitive shelter building into a four-day course. I love all things relating to outdoor recreation and bush craft is high on the list.

I have attended the Stay Alive – essential skills for survival, a basic hiking survival course by Brian Newton through Australian School of Mountaineering (ASM). He and his brother were the founders of Australian Survival Instructor (ASI).

Learning to survive and thrive in the woods with limited modern tools has been on my wishlist after rereading a childhood series of books called Hatchet by Gary Paulson recently. Over the years, I’ve been watching, reading books and articles by Ray Mears, Paul Kirtley, MCQbushcraft and the Queensland base youtube channel Primitive Technology.

#7 – Larapinta trail June/August 2018

I intend to hike the Larapinta trail this year, potentially with the She Devil crew whom I hiked with for the Overland track.

See Upcoming trips – for Larapinta trip

#8 – Certificate for Outdoor Recreation

I have considered getting certification, this is a future aspiration and I’m just looking at local and online courses right now. This may be something I take on this year or next.

#9 – Remote First Aid

I am currently certified in Basic First aid, I will be getting certified in Remote First aid this year specifically for hiking and Rural firefighting. Safety and Preparedness is my priority when out adventuring.

#10 – Village Firefighting certification RFS

This year, I will be completing my Village Firefighting course for RFS. This is to increase my skillset in the brigade, more experience and knowledge is number one in firefighting and preparedness.

This list will have items crossed off once completed and new items added one through the first half of the year. I love making lists and crossing them off. 😊