We couldn't help but share all the other gems that missed the cut by "that much" (Agent 86, Get Smart). Here are the honourable mentions!

Michael - Trekking through the night from Bogong to Falls Creek in minus 6 degrees, made me realise that I'm much tougher than I ever thought.

Andrew - I was hiking the South West Coast Track in Tasmania over Christmas a few years ago, solo. Very remote difficult route finding. Got a bit “lost". Need PLB triggered “heli bump” to next campsite. Always carry a PLB!

Clare - I broke my ankle walking down a grassy slope in bare feet and carrying an unstrapped backpack.  So buckle up and wear your boots. Always.

Kate - The crunch of your feet on the track is the sound of freedom. It's uncluttered. You're part of the mountains. It's breathtaking. I feel peace.

Nick - Walking the Bibb with my mate Muzza. What’s not to like cruisy walking, awesome campsites, popping out into a town every 6 days and going to the pub...

Charmaine - My most important experience is when I was caught on a white out and having to dig a trench in the snow and hunker down until the weather cleared.

Dean - In 1996 I spent 21 days trekking in the Gokyo Lakes region of the Himalayas. This was a reward to myself for finishing university.

Annmaree - Italy - Monte Adamello 3539m. Started from Rifugio Gnutti, climbed Via Ferrata Terzulli. Crossed the glacier, slept in tin hut on side of glacier. Next morning cross glacier to the summit. Trek combining different skills.

Lochie - Hiked Cradle Mountain with 18kgs+ EACH, thinking that we would camp and spend a few nights at the Kitchen Hut. WRONG - rookie's inexperience error.

Kylie - Trekking Everest Base Camp was my very first experience hiking at the age of 47 and created a lifelong passion; next, Portuguese Camino June 2024.

Rohan - Tongariro Circuit in New Zealand was my favourite with its spectacular scenery, incredible huts, friendly locals and stark landscape.

Jane - My most important trekking experience was walking 1500km around the Victorian coastline, SA border to Mallacoota. Fulfilled a dream and raised $20k for sight!

David - The West Highland Way in 1990. It set me on a lifetime love affair with walking and was a life changing experience.

Samantha - Nepal. I was on the plane to Kathmandu to start my first ever trek to Everest Base camp and sat next to Peter Hillary… I chewed his ear off the whole way over, then I met up again with him in Namchi Bazaar and he took me to the Hillary Hospital, what an experience… That was over 20 years ago and I haven’t stopped hiking since!

Tamblyn - Injuring my knee in the Western Arthurs was a character building experience. Never take nature for granted. Embrace it all nonetheless.

Danny - 10-day Cordillera trek in Peru because we were surrounded by native animals, new experiences with local culture and surrounded by amazing snow-capped peaks.

Matt - My first solo hike was the W track in Torres del Paine Patagonia. It challenged me mentality and physically and sparked a fire in me that I run with regularly.

Paul - Completing the trek to and climb of Federation Peak in Tasmania with three mates. I loved the rugged wilderness, and the prehistoric flora.

Matthew - Overland track, Lutruwita/Tasmania, winter. Days of rain, ran to Pine Valley hut in the dark. Last day dawned clear; the Labyrinth was icy perfection.

Cathy - Epic walk up Mt Buller Summit, starting at Doughty road, camping amongst the gnarly snow gums on Round hill, dawn summiting iconic Mt Buller.

Mark - Langtang trek in Nepal was unforgettable. The beauty of ascending a forested valley into huge snow covered peaks being contrasted against the recent earthquake's devastation.

Chris - Camino del Norte. Exhilarating, challenging, enlightening, beautiful. An adventure full of amazing scenery, new friends and bed bugs :O

Michael - My favourite hike was the Jatbula Trail because of the surrealness of the scenery enhanced by the occasional discovery of First Peoples’ rock art. Magic.

Cris Popp - Getting lost on the first day of a multi-day hike in the Wonnangatta Range in the Victorian alps.

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