Author: Oli Ward

It is no coincidence that when I take a fishing photo, it looks nothing like the magazines. It's not because I'm catching smaller fish, or taking bad photos. It is just that the photos in magazines are tweaked and modified to maximise their impact to...

Myths and falsehoods are damaging wherever they occur but in a survival scenario, the stakes are higher. Survival myths and wives tales that aren't true can kill if they are applied in life or death situations. This is why I have set out to debunk...

I used to work in an office. I would spend my weeks counting down the hours until I could be outside at the weekend. I didn't just pass the "obsessed with fishing test"; I breezed it. Work just became a way to fill the time...

Like many fishos, I view work simply as the time frittered away in between fishing stints riverside. It's not that I hate my job. It pays the bills and can be somewhat enjoyable at times. It's just that nothing compares to the thrill of fighting...

STAY ON THE DESIGNATED WALKING TRAILS The reason why wetlands, grasslands, and mountainsides look pristine. It is because they haven’t had an endless parade of walking boots traipsed across them, trampling everything in sight. Leaving no trace extends to the natural ecosystems out on the trails....

Sometimes the weather just doesn’t lend itself to a trip to the mountains or a long weekend hike. When the rain is hammering against your roof, tent, dome, caravan, or RV, it might just be best to curl up in front of a movie. But...

When I was in my younger years (and an inexperienced but enthusiastic 4WDer), I had planned a trip in 1990 with some friends from university to drive the Birdsville Track. We were getting excited and making preparations when we heard that the Cooper Creek had...

Accumulating camping gear is an expensive endeavour. If you don't do it right, you can end up with a collection of poor-quality gear, which only lets you down when conditions get tough. But there is a smart way to do it. Spend more and get...

It's Friday night, you have just finished work and are heading off for a weekend hiking trip. You have one backpack to fit everything in, and a limited amount of time to do it before you need to set off. You need to maximise your...