Obstacle Session

Obstacle Session

Did you do anything awesome this weekend? Check out these super chicks and dudes smashing through our Obstacle Session. There were epic falls into water, courageous climbs, and lots of amazing personal achievements. We had an absolute ball and are suitably impressed and proud of all our clients. Well done and looking forward to seeing you on the next Take Shape Adventure.
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Women’s Only Adventure Race

Women’s Only Adventure Race

Women’s Only Adventure Race

No need to be intimidated by the boys whizzing past you on their bikes. This is a great chance for a group of ladies to try out their first Adventure Race! A slightly easier course and boundless levels of enthusiasm! Our girls rocked in 2015 and can’t wait for next year. Don’t worry about fitness, don’t worry about bike riding, or navigation – Just CONTACT US AND WE’LL HELP YOU ALONG.

Date: February 2015

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Adventure Racing

Adventure Racing

We love Adventure Racing!

Short or long, easy or hard, Adventure Racing is a fun and challenging activity that is way better than pounding the pavement at “Fun” run. There are plenty to choose from and may include trail running, navigation, paddling, mountain biking and sometimes a surprise to keep you on your game.

We would love to introduce you, and will guide through your first race and assist with training, navigating and mountain biking.

Heart racing and achievable for all, get in touch to find out more and you’ll never look back.

Date: 2005 – present

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What backpack size do I need?

What backpack size do I need?

I chose my first backpack because it was blue and a bargain. What are you going to buy if you going hiking and need to carry your water, lunch, camera and a few other things?

Read on for a few tips to get you started.

There are so many different backpacks and bags on the market that choosing one is becoming a more complex process. There is fabric, size, harness system, frame type, design, pockets, attachments, gender fit…and finally color and price.

The first question is what walking are you doing? Would you like to walk for few hours around the Dandenongs, maybe hike for a day at the Cathedral Ranges or excitedly preparing for your first overnight hike? the type of walking you want to do will be the best guide for the size pack you are after.

  • 15-30 litres for some short walks with a few things in the bag and rain jacket just in case!
  • 25-50 litres for a whole day to hold your water, food, rain jacket, camera, spare clothes
  • 40-70 litres if you are considering overnight hiking. There is lot of choice here so you need to look around and match the pack to your intended type of walking.

An important point to remember that when you fill these packs they can start to weigh a lot, so always consider carefully what you put in, because you have to carry it up hills, down hills, and probably up hills again. although hopefully at the top of the hills you are rewarded for your efforts with a lovely view and some Banana cake that you carried all the way up.

Once you have the rough size, then start looking. Go to a few outdoor shops and have a browse, listen to the information – some of which will be good and knowledgable and some will be read off the label for your benefit…

Rucksacks will vary considerably with loops, pockets, harness type, material and my recommendation is to try them on and find one that feels comfortable, because bottom line is that you are wearing it and it has to fit you. You could buy the best in the store but if it digs into your bum when you take a step then it might as well be a timber box with rope straps.

So how much should you spend on your backpack now that you have chosen a size? My latest purchase was a 48 litre backpack that cost $40 and has worked perfectly on a number of walks. Come along on our bushwalks and you’ll see it. You should really pay a price that you are happy with. If you think you have got a bargain then great.

Lastly, choose any color you like.

If you still can’t decide, come along on one of our walks and we’ll provide a backpack for you. Then you can have a great day, chat to others, and discover even more about what size suits you.

 

Rock’n’Walk Day Out

Rock’n’Walk Day Out

This was Jenny’s first ever try of rockclimbing. After a successful and exhilarating morning Jenny had topped out on two climbs. An excellent achievement and one she will remember. Browse the images and contact us if you want to try some safe and fun outdoor climbing.

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Phoenix Adventure Weekend

Phoenix Adventure Weekend

ADVENTURE WEEKENDS

2 days and nights
Yummy healthy food.
Action packed.
Kayaking, rock climbing, bush activities, down time, karaoke. Fitness and relaxation sessions.
New friendships created.
These weekends are social, active, enjoyable and a great way to spend a weekend out of town with like minded people.
Date: March 2015

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5 FREE local winter family adventures!

5 FREE local winter family adventures!

We love getting out and about in our local area of Melbourne and encourage you to have a great time together, get fit and healthy, and be good role models. Kids learn by example and you don’t have to spend lots of money to get them out and about. Here are 5 things we recommend:

  1. Ride or walk to Fairfield boathouse

There are many great walking trails in and around the boat house, the area is very scenic and has many different terrains that make walking or riding interesting. Once there hire a canoe, enjoy some scones and race each other up the stairs!!

  1. Capital city bike ride

From the Fairfield boathouse, the ride to the city is 15 km with most of that on bike paths. You can then have something to eat and a play in Birrarung Park, then ride home or catch the train. If your kids can’t make it all the way then there are plenty of places to turn around. Try stopping off at the Collingwood Children’s Farm or Convent for a milkshake or go a little further and find the Burnley Climbing Walls (located underneath the Freeway).

      3.  Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg has the best flying fox.

Ride north along the Darebin Creek Trail until you reach Bell St then head right towards Oriel Road. The adventure playground has 2 awesome flying foxes and several BBQs and undercover seating. A great place to spend the afternoon.

  1. Yarra Flats bike ride

A lovely scenic ride along the river, starts as Charlesworth Park in Ivanhoe and takes you on easy riding trails to Westerfolds Park (about 16km). Our favourite thing to do is to stop off at the BMX track in East Ivanhoe. You can also go for a coffee and a little look around the Greenery in Bulleen (about 8km).

  1. Walk from Fairfield to Studley Park past the bats

This is a great billy goat path along the single trails!. Start over the pipe bridge and find the trail that runs along the river towards the City.  This trail will get to Bellfield Park where the Flying Foxes love to hang out! The smell is interesting and will give the kids something to talk about as they look up and see thousands of bats sleeping. Or go at twilight and see them all wake up. Then head along the Boulevard for a couple of kilometres to Studley Park and enjoy a coffee and ice-cream.

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