Gabrielle George

Teenage Adventurer, World Traveler, Busker and Tramper
Hiking Gaiters: How to Sew the Best DIY Gaiters

Hiking Gaiters: How to Sew the Best DIY Gaiters

Gaiters are the best thing ever for a hiker. They keep rocks and dirt out of your shoes preventing you from having to stop every few hundred metres and empty rocks out of your shoes. They protect your ankles from sharp grass and bushes and they're also really good for sun...

Leaving the Trail

Leaving the Trail

We made it 685 kilometers and we just had to pull the pin. My second youngest brother, Rex has a syndrome. Because of this, everything is much harder for him - balancing, physical strength, being adaptable, and dealing with stress. We did a lot to help him out - he had a very...

Hiking Recipe to make Peanut Butter More Edible- Sesame Snaps

Hiking Recipe to make Peanut Butter More Edible- Sesame Snaps

Is it just me or do you all include a lot of peanut butter in your hiking rations? It's the perfect hiking food. It's cheap, it's high in calories and has heaps of good fats along with fibre and protein. Plus, you don't need to cook it! That all sounds good - until you're a...

Underground Bunkers, Peaches and Skyscrapers – Going through Auckland

Underground Bunkers, Peaches and Skyscrapers – Going through Auckland

Coming into Auckland the trail kept sending us on and off the beach, it couldn't make up its mind. We found some caves along the beach. They didn't go into the cliff very far but were fun to explore. We stayed the night at Takapuna caravan park. It cost us 145 dollars and it...

More Beach, Rain and Some Local History

More Beach, Rain and Some Local History

We saw this huge hive, it's impressive! It didn't feel like we were meant to be walking through here. And back on the beach again . The tide was coming in and after a while we were forced up the beach to walk on the soft sand. The waves got closer and closer and we wondered if...

Two River Crossings (One Failed) a Boat Ride and a Swim

Two River Crossings (One Failed) a Boat Ride and a Swim

We had to do two tide-reliant river crossings on the one day. Unfortunately, low tide wasn’t until quite late and we couldn’t leave camp until 2 pm, a ridiculously late start for us. So we got to have an easy morning, I slept in until 6:50! So late! (This tramping thing...

Streams, Ferries, Beaches and a Tsunami Freak-out

Streams, Ferries, Beaches and a Tsunami Freak-out

We stayed a night at a caravan park in Paihia. It was $86 for one night and all we got was a tiny patch of grass and bad facilities! But I did get to have a nice, hot shower. We resupplied at the big Countdown in Paihia. I was going to walk the km there with mum and dad but...

The Hardest Day of my Life – The Raetea Forest

The Hardest Day of my Life – The Raetea Forest

I’m sorry but this post isn’t about the wonderfulness of hiking. If you want to just think tramping is always wonderful and happy and skipping through grassy meadows you should not read this post. Just warning you. We knew that we had a big day ahead of us. The trail notes said...

Te Araroa – the First 100 km of Tramping

Te Araroa – the First 100 km of Tramping

We were all pretty nervous as we started to hike the Te Araroa. It was really foggy when we left the lighthouse at Cape Reinga and there wasn't much in the way of views. Once we'd descended a little we came out of the fog and the views were amazing! Soon we came down onto the...

Melbourne to the start of the Te Araroa

Melbourne to the start of the Te Araroa

We walked down Great Nanna's road to the bus stop. It was a bit tricky to fit into the seats with our bags and we took up two seats each. We got off the bus at the train station and got onto a train Southern Cross station, in the middle of Melbourne. From there we got on a...

Three Days to go!

Three Days to go!

That's right, we've only got three days until we get on a plane and fly away to the land of the long white cloud! I don't really feel excited or stress - I think I still don't truly believe it's happening. Like really, we're going to walk the length of a country? Come on, pull...

Ultra-Light, Ultra-Cheap Sleeping Bags

Ultra-Light, Ultra-Cheap Sleeping Bags

My dad was so tight that he didn't want to buy proper, small and lightweight sleeping bags. My dad, the great shopper that he is, found ones that were only 19AUD and figured that they were good enough! And plus, he knows that I can sew. waaaaaaay too big Great, now mum and I...

Te Araroa Preparation

Te Araroa Preparation

After getting to Great Nanna's house, one of the first things we did was go open all the mail that we'd been getting sent to her house. This is all the stuff that she'd been getting in the mail and sticking in the back-room for us. No wonder she was threatening to start...

Alice Springs to Melbourne

Alice Springs to Melbourne

After a six-week placement at the Alice Springs Hospital, mum has finally finished her nursing degree!!!!!!!! We picked her up from the hospital right after she'd finished her very last shift and started driving. That night we had a small feast. Holli, Asha and I had cooked...

We’ve Just Booked in Walking 3000 km across New Zealand

We’ve Just Booked in Walking 3000 km across New Zealand

In November I'm flying out of Australia and into Auckland with the rest of my family. We're going to New Zealand to hike (or to use the kiwi term, tramp) the Te Araroa. The Te Araroa is a long-distance trail, stretching 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) along the length of...