Name | Terry and Emily Hammond
Blog | Drive and Hike
Where in the world are you answering these questions?
A road trip and hiking blog, encouraging independent adventure to make every mile epic.
What sparked your love of the outdoors?
Back in November 2015, we stumbled into hiking with a 9 day thru-hike through Torres del Paine. Drastically underprepared, without hiking packs and with 9 days worth of dehydrated mash potato, we fell in love with the simple life, sore shoulders, and the sound of nature. We have never looked back.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
Without a doubt, hiking and finding that remote campsite. With the craziness of life in general there is nothing better than heading out onto the trail with your other half and no distractions.
If you could see the sunset from one place in the world where would you go and why?
Anywhere in Alaska. If you get away from the Kenai Peninsula, odds are you will be the only person within a mile radius watching that exact sunset. There is something pretty special about that. Then if you wait another hour or so, you have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
What is your favourite meal to eat after a day spent outside?
Emily grew up hiking to the pub for lunch; she is at her happiest post hike with a ploughman’s. After a tough day outdoors, I have no preference on food. There just needs to be a lot of it and it needs to come with a beer.
Tell us about a recent outdoors adventure you enjoyed.
Having just finished the Overland Track, it would be rude not to talk about it. 7 days of pure wilderness, summiting Tasmania’s highest peak and being woken up by wallabies, wombats and possums scurrying around outside the tent.
What has been your biggest outdoors adventure to date?
Denali backcountry was probably the biggest adventure. There’s over 6 million acres of trail-less backcountry with nothing but bears and other animals for company. River crossings, chest high scrub and scree slopes kept us constantly challenged and all the while we were trying not to get lost. When the bus drops you off at your selected destination you are greeted with silence, and as you look around at miles and miles of wilderness, the adrenaline kicks in.
Tell us something about you that’s not related to the outdoors… if you can!
We got married in October 2015 and July will be the end of our 21 month honeymoon. It has been pretty EPIC.