About Chrissie

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sepia coloured photo of Chrisse in a capHello and welcome to my website Lighten the Hike.

One random day, hiking became part of my life – I wasn’t born a hiker although I was brought up in the outdoors so the idea of hiking appealed to me when an opportunity came my way.

Although I was energetic, I was never a robust or strong person – I struggled to keep up with everyone, found it difficult hiking up hills and would often feel sick from over-exertion.

Over the years I discovered some tweaks and tips through trial and error to make my hiking experience far less of a struggle and much more fun – by lightening the weight I carried!

A brief story of my Hiking Life.

Like I said, I wasn’t born a hiker but I was brought up by an exceptional father who would take his family, which included seven children, during weekends and holidays on a discovery crossing rivers, climbing mountains, crawling through untamed bush, along seaside cliffs in his pursuit of knowledge for a book he was writing. I learned to love and appreciate the great outdoors and my siblings and I still meet once per year to enjoy these family adventures.

Later during my working life a great opportunity came my way to hike for a cause, The Oxfam Trailwalker. I saw it as an opportunity to get out and discover my surroundings. I developed a passion for hiking and always hiked in a group or with family and built some amazing friendships with people I would never have met otherwise.

While I have not hiked all the most amazing well known trails in the world, I have hiked in some amazing terrains including: ice and snow, volcanoes, canyons, fiordlands, beaches and seaside trails, bushland sparse and dense, mountains and valleys.

I participated in the Oxfam Trailwalker over a course of 10years (walking and supporting) clocking up around 400-500km of training each year that we had signed up to walk. The training took place during our weekends walking day & night testing our gear, navigation, pace, team work, hydration, nutrition and preparing our feet and the rest of our precious anatomy.

We kept this training up every year that we were participating and came to develop some great techniques, tried out a lot of gear, learnt a lot of important lessons including how to care for our health and well being on the trail. Keeping our hiking load light was a priority if we were going to endure this distance at a constant pace.

My hiking and love of the wilderness inspired me to start working with wildlife so you never know where your hiking trails are taking you.

How people can benefit from a lighter hiking load.

The benefits of lightening your hiking load can make or break your entire experience and these are the top reasons in my opinion:

  • Avoid injury and fatigue
  • Enjoy the experience
  • Achieve your objectives
  • Think of your walking buddies and don’t be a burden

The purpose of this website.

This website is focused around hiking aka trailwalking, trekking, bush walking, with an emphasis on keeping the hiking load light and I want to share many of the tips and tweaks that I have so far discovered and I hope you can benefit in some way from them.

A great hike in the outdoors can do wonders for our wellbeing and help us discover, appreciate and respect our natural surroundings.

Feel free to leave questions and comments below.



While out in the wilderness 
take only photos
leave only footprints!


  1. Hi Chrissie
    What a wonderful idea you have here with this site – there is nothing better than time out in nature, I am so glad I found you!
    Look forward to read more about hiking gear and maybe even places to hike – how about the top 10 or 20, or 50, or 100 (you choose) hiking sites in the world or on each continent? I would love to read about that too.

  2. Hello Chrissie. Cool looking site. You have a lot of great information. I know someone who is an avid hiker who may really appreciate taking a look here. I have done some hiking in my life, but not since I was a kid! haha What am I missing out on?! A lot probably. I am scared of being jumped by cougars or something! Lol
    I prefer the concrete jungle, the city. 🙂 I’m a city boy!
    Maybe I will take up hiking again. I do enjoy the outdoors and being in the country. It’s nice and relaxing. I may as well add some hiking to it.

    1. Hi Tyler, I guess every country has it’s challenges – we don’t have to worry about Cougars in Australia but we do have to watch out for snakes lol. Nice of you to stop in and have a look – you can hike in the city – that’s a thing 🙂

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