Tamara Hutchins - our hiking Sporty Sista

Sporty Sista Tamara Hutchins

February’s  #SportySista is Tamara Hutchins – a hiking ambassador!

“Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the outdoors. On weekends and holidays we would go exploring as a family through the forests and to the waterfalls. As I grew up and moved to the city I became focused on university and late nights.

When I started travelling I saw some incredible things – mountains, glaciers, active volcanoes and trekked through the Amazon Jungle. Yet for some reason when I returned back to city life I stopped exploring. It took me way too long to realise that just because I was home, it did not mean that the adventures need to end.

I asked a friend to hike up Lake Mountain, Victoria, which was a workout for unfit little me. Next time, I tried a friendlier trail. I took my time, enjoyed the view, stopped for lunch and covered about half the distance. It was perfect.

My love for hiking started to grow. And when I was approached to become a leader for a girls’ hiking group my world was opened to a hiking community that I didn’t know existed.

It’s very easy to put off trying new things. There is always an endless list of excuses if we will let ourselves make them – I’m not fit enough, I don’t have the right gear, I don’t have a car to get there, I don’t have friends to go with. For many, setting out on a new adventure of any type can be incredibly daunting. My advice would be to start small. Take your time.

To me hiking has never been just about the destination. It’s about the adventure. From picking out the trail and reading the notes, to shopping for delicious snacks, packing my overnight gear and singing along to a good playlist in the car.

It’s about challenging myself as I puff up a hill, and reaching the top and taking in the world around me.

There is something magical about being able to stand there and look around you at a land that is still so untouched. “

Tamara’s top tips for hiking:

1. Be prepared. I cannot stress this enough. Know where you are going, look at the trail notes – know how long it is and how much time it is expected to take.

2. Let someone know where you are going.

3. Bring more water and snacks than you need.

4. Pack a first aid kit, sunglasses, sunscreen and warm layers regardless of the time of year.

5. Download the St Johns Ambulance and Emergency Services apps onto your phone.

6. Anticipate that you will probably loose reception and that’s ok. But most importantly. Have fun!

Enjoy the drive out there, push yourself – but not too hard. And don’t forget to take the time to stop and look around you at all that nature has to offer – because it will take your breath away.”

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Sporty Sista Tamara Hutchins

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