The Unexpected Outdoors Chick

The Unexpected Outdoors Chick

Posted on 7th Jun 2016

My family are not outdoorsy types at all and we never went camping as kids. So for me, the connection with the outdoors started on a three-day corporate training course when I was 21. It was deep in the Budawangs National Park, near Nowra, NSW and I never realised that such amazing places existed, let alone I could be a part of them. There was something about the feeling of being completely remote and self-sufficient that made me feel incredibly small and humbled. After a few subsequent unsuccessful attempts at figuring out the bush for myself, I joined the Sydney Bush Walkers Club in 2000 and it changed my life.

My working life is pretty hectic. I’m a producer/director and run a production company in Sydney that specializes in shooting in locations and in circumstances that have tricky logistics. This means I spend quite a bit of time working overseas (or even over-sea), with helicopters or dealing with multiple stakeholders. It’s the perfect marriage for an outdoors chick. The number of times I’ve lugged gear and equipment up a mountain/volcano/across an open ocean in a tinnie/been stranded on a desert island and needed to call on my bushwalking/outdoor experience, has been massive. Oh and I love when I can open my pack and reveal a whole stash of gear that makes a location more comfortable for models, actors and the crew.

I started Lotsafreshair, to put together all the practical information that I’ve learnt over the years from spending time in the outdoors. So many people can give excuses and barriers that stop them from taking the first step off the concrete into the bush, I felt that if I could address each one of those barriers… then there would be no excuse! Bushwalking and the Outdoors changed my life, so I genuinely want to use Lotsafreshair to offer support, inspiration, encouragement and advice to help others do the same. Originally, there was very little information like it on the internet and certainly not told from a supportive, female or Australian voice. I feel by just sharing what I know, in a low-key style (without hard-core, survivalist style, machismo) people will see that spending time in the outdoors, being active and having moments of adventure, isn’t hard at all and will want to jump in and try it themselves.