I've just finished converting Heysen Highlights into a digital version for taking on the hike.
As I mentioned on Our Resources, we have developed the habit of reading the backstory to the day ahead on The Bibbulmun Track. This continued on our Australian Alps Walking Track hike, and even on the recent Lawson to Goulburn hike where we had track notes from The Federation Track.
So I was very keen to purchase the book as it was a perfect fit for our habit. I was somewhat surprised when it turned up, as it weighed in at nearly 500 grams! …and I couldn't square cutting our toothbrush in half to save a few grams and then overload with this very good quality book. This, by-the-way, is my only criticism of The Friends of the Heysen Trail, which run a superb site with tons of information… but to only offer this great resource in a format not suitable for what it's used for… baffled me completely (to put it mildly).
So 28.7 hours and 53,268 words later we have a PDF version, structured north to south (the book is structured south to north, but we're walking the other way around), which we'll put on our phone to read each night.
I've taken 80 notes to add to either our GPS and/or our Run Sheet; first check though is to check to make sure the current Itinerary allows for all the suggested "add-ons".
Before you ask…
Yes, the original work is copyright and, no, you may not have a copy of our digital version.
I consider this fair use, as the original purchased copy will be home, unused, whilst we use the digital version we created.
Next TaskGPS / Itinerary Polishing
where the GPS Tracks (Routes) will be modified and/or polished, and the Itinerary updated with the nuggets gleaned from these great books.
The Friends of The Heysen Trail have a huge amount of resources available, which we have obviously availed ourselves of quite liberally. I'll be updating this as required…