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Ultra trail running and Mountain Running now has its home at Bogong Equipment.

The Ultra Trail Season is upon us with some big events such as the Surf Coast Century done and dusted and with the Great Ocean Walk 100, Lake Mountain Sky Run and Alpine Challenge 100 miler on the horizon, so pop in and check out our dedicated mountain running section at Bogong.

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Comments | Posted in Trail Running By Sandra

The Grossglockner 3,798m I first met the Grossglockner in 1993 on a six day hike through Austria's Hohe Tauern National Park. The thought of climbing it was immediately alluring. Not only because it is the highest mountain in Austria but also because of its beautiful shape.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Bogong Snippets - Anna's Travels

12/09/2014 11:56 am

Bogong staffer Anna Bolmat recently ventured to France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland on a mountaineering trip with her partner Philipp.They encountered unfavourable weather for large part of the trip which put the kibosh on their Mont Blanc attempts. Heavy snow fall and high winds turned them around at the Dome de Gouter. The consolation prize was a trip to Mt Blanc du Tacul, where European summer finally showed its face, resulting in some stunning views from the summit.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Sandra

Do you like the idea of going backcountry but don't like the idea of the long drive? Would you like to get yourself, friends or family into snowshoeing but not sure where to start? Wanna bust some telemark turns away from the tows and do a bit of snow camping in a semi-remote alpine environment? Get yourself to Stirling, it's a winter wonderland just 230km from Melbourne!

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1 Comments | Posted in Ski By Sandra

Many Australians attempt the Kokoda track for adventure, for trekking in the mountains and because it is a challenge. But as Jim Drapes from Backtrack Adventures explains, many people do Kokoda to immerse themselves in the remarkable military history it offers.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking By Jim Drapes

Two years ago I was perched on a ski-lift with my Telemark instructor. We were mid-lesson and we were talking all things Tele. The instructor nudged me "Hey, Allen and Mike's Tele Tips, do you know it? - there's a couple of really good tips in there for you, "Are you kidding?!", I enthused, "Know it! I've got my copy right here!"...

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1 Comments | Posted in Ski By Sandra

Via Ferrata

29/05/2014 11:54 am

What is Via ferrata all about? Via Ferrata is an Italian term (translation is iron way). It is used where a route is fixed up a cliff or mountain using fixed steel cables for the climbers to clip into for protection. Access may be facilitated by ladders or metal rungs on particularly steep sections. In this way routes up peaks become accessible to persons who would not otherwise be in a position to attempt them.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Hiking Gear - My 5 Favourites

8/05/2014 10:00 am

Mont Tempest in action What are the items that have uniquely added to my hiking experiences over the years? Perhaps a little quirky, read on for a discussion of my five favourite pieces of hiking gear.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking By Neil Blundy

Cascade Saddle CrossingThis article about a trip across Cascade Saddle from the Matukituki valley in New Zealand was first written for the MUMC magazine "Mountaineering" in 1975 by a youthful Bogong owner Neil Blundy. It was a time of long hair, short shorts, bravado and basic equipment. One thing remains the same, a love of walking in spectacular mountain country.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Down vs Synthetic Sleeping Bags

24/04/2014 10:35 am

Down vs Synthetic Sleeping Bags We are often asked the benefits of down filled vs synthetic sleeping bags. Both types have advantages and disadvantages but to put it simply for virtually all of the outdoor activities that our customers are involved in down is the better choice and this is reflected in our range.

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Comments | Posted in Climbing Hiking Ski Travel Cycle Touring By Neil Blundy

Must Have Mountain Running Gear

25/03/2014 11:16 am

Mandatory Gear for Mountain Running So you’ve just entered a long distance Trail Running event and found out turning up in shorts and a singlet isn’t going to cut it! Mountain Running events often have a Mandatory Gear List and this is subject to a pre-race check.

Read on for a list of some common mandatory gear along with product suggestions from the best gear that Bogong has sourced.

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Comments | Posted in Trail Running By Stephen Upton

Blister Prevention - Unhappy Foot The whole enjoyment level and success of your hike can start and end with your feet! And when it comes to blister prevention there is no magic bullet. Here's a few things you can do that will hopefully assist to give you trouble-free walking.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking By Sandra Soccol

The Ortlieb Story

7/03/2014 1:33 pm

Original Ortlieb Panniers Back in 1981 Hartmut Ortlieb was a young cycle adventurer with a wet sleeping bag and damp clothing standing forlornly roadside in an English Spring downpour. So the story goes, a delivery truck chortles past sporting a canvas tarp with dry and intact contents within. Hartmut has an "A-ha" moment and converts his misfortune into creativity, returning home to knock up a pack-like container out of red truck tarp, some webbing strap and hooks from the hardware store.

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Comments | Posted in Cycle Touring By Sandra Soccol

Hiking in Norway

18/02/2014 10:46 am

Bessegen Ridge I came to go hiking in the mountains of Norway almost by accident, little did I know the wonderful walking experiences that I was to find. Rugged mountains, beautiful lakes, long long days and a very big sky are my enduring memory of Norway. See descriptions of three mountain areas, the Rondane, Jotunheimen and Trollheimen. All have a different character and offer a uniquely Norwegian experience.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Hiking in Europe Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Simon Gower - Everest Summit RidgeWe talk to Simon Gower, Bogong customer, about his journey to complete the Seven Summits which finished with his ascent of Everest this year.

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Comments | Posted in News By Sandra

Hiking in the European AlpsHiking in the European Alps is a unique experience and the reason for this is directly due to the mountain hut system that straddles the alpine countries and is so much part of the European walking culture. What are these huts like? Find out here.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Hiking in Europe Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Tour Du Mont Blanc alternatives

30/09/2013 9:45 am

The Matterhorn The Tour of Mont Blanc is a magnificent and extremely popular 11 day walking circuit of the Mont Blanc Massif. And that is just the problem - it is so popular that huts are crowded and the walking experience is diluted.
So if you have already done the Tour of Mont Blanc and are wondering where next, or are just looking for an alternative here are some suggestions.......

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Hiking in Europe Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Hiking in the European Alps What equipment do you need for hut to hut walking in the European Alps? Find out with a complete gear list in this blog.....

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4 Comments | Posted in Hiking Hiking in Europe By Neil Blundy

Hiking in the European AlpsWhy you should go walking in Austria?
Find out about the wonders of hiking in Austria, where to go, what to take, where to get further info.....

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Hiking in Europe Trip Inspiration By Neil Blundy

Bogong staffer Mark heads south in search of adventure, tackling the popular Overland Track in Tasmania with the added challenge of winter conditions.

It was not an auspicious beginning: Before I had even begun the Overland Track, I was taking my boots off to wade through shin-deep water; the jetty at Narcissus Hut was submerged. No matter, I was soon off into the journey, with 10 or so cm of snow from the morning, and a light drizzle to soften it up so it could get into my boots.

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Comments | Posted in Hiking Trip Inspiration By Mark C

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