Plan & Preparation for the AH-HA Walk

There are no official camp sites along the Australian Humour High Alpine (AH-HA) Walk nor is there always a reliable water supply. In the summer, water can be very hard to find in some sections. Even in late spring, water is hard to find especially in the Barry Mountains and Mount McDonald’s region. Hence, having an adequate water reserve between points of refill is essential.  Water is, after all, the ultimate laughter liquid!

There are historic huts dating back to the 1860’s around the tracks which are built originally by graziers, goldminers, foresters, government workers, skiers, and bushwalkers to provide shelter. They still serve as temporary shelter but not for accommodation as their special values can be ruined by over-use.

Here are some tips on the gear and food you would need for the Australian Humour High Alpine Walk Track.

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  • Do not over pack – the most common travel mistake.
    The more weight you pack, the more weight to break your back.
  • Think of factors affecting your gear selection.
    These include the distance of travel, weather conditions, access to food/water along the journey, the sleeping conditions and your comfort level.
  • Do a test run.
    Days before your departure, do a test run with your pack. Pack everything onto your backpack and walk for a few km with it, ensuring that it is stable and that you are comfortable with the load. If the test fails, you can at least restructure your packing or reduce some of the less necessary items.

Food

The AH-HA Walk is not routed close to town where you could easily recharge your food supply. Hence, it is crucial to estimate the amount of food and fluid reserves you will need for the journey.  Below are some considerations of food that are good to bring for your AH-HA Walk.

  • NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS
    Non-perishable foods are those food items which are not likely to spoil for quite a considerable of time without any refrigeration. This includes cereals, oats, muesli bars, nuts, seeds, trail mixes, canned goods and packaged fruit. They are not only satisfying and safe options for a camping trip, but often they are also lightweight and easy to carry or prepare.
  • DEHYDRATED FOODS
    Dehydrated foods are also good for camping trips as they are longer-life, lightweight, tasty and a good source of protein and nutrients. During the dehydration process, the vital nutrients, calories and flavour remain in the food. Examples of dehydrated foods are beef jerky, dried fruits, dried vegetables, soups and pastas.
  • FREEZE DRIED FOODS
    As the name suggests, these foods have been freeze-dried up to 60 degrees celsius below zero and slowly heated back up until they reach a sublime phase for packaging. They are lightweight, convenient and again, have a long shelf-life. Examples of freeze-dried foods vary from beans, desserts, meals and even ice cream.
  • DAIRY FOODS
    Many dairy foods spoil quickly and are a suitable nest for harmful bacteria. These types of foods are not suitable if they cannot be kept in a cooler or under ice. Eggs, milk, cream, and most cheese are therefore not recommended for your AH-HA Walk. However, you may consider bringing small individual milks, milk powder or small packaged hard cheeses e.g. Parmesan.

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Please fill in the expression of interest form or contact us directly on
1300 HA HO HEE or AH-HA-walk@humourversity.com.au
if you would like to join our AH-HA walk or if any good-humoured enquires.