Hi to all from sunny, and currently very hot Australia. My name is Tim Savage, I'm from Canberra, and I have been a walker/hiker for approximately 40 years. Most of my walking has been day hikes but over the past 10 years I have undertaken a number of overnight and overseas longer walks. I am looking at doing some of Australias 'long walks' over the next few years and combined with an ageing body have become more interested in ultralight hiking (as far as it is practical). I'm an obsessive information gatherer and will typically spend between 6-18 months gathering every bit of information that I can to plan my hike. I'm an ex rock climber (due to injury) and a three season hiker, and while I have done some limited mountaineering in Switzerland am not a fan of the ice. I have a working background in horticulture and landscape architecture, and am currently working in Indigenous heritage for the Australian Government (long story buts its all connected). I completed my landscape architecture degree six years ago where I found myself doing two major projects designing hiking trails. I also have a keen interest in 'place making' which is essentially trying to work out why we connect to particular places and how we can improve the connection. When I not working or walking I garden, cook and exercise (including more walking). My obsessive thirst for learning and information gathering has led me to recently launching a hiking website and podcast http://www.australianhiker.com.au which at the moment is a non commercial website however this may change in the future, hence my forum name. I look forward to involving myself in the forum and getting to know everyone.