About Simply Trekking
Our Story and the Simply Trekking team
Simply Trekking was conceived last September 2017 whilst I was out walking solo on the Bibbulmun Track WA. I’d just sold my settlement agency business, handed over the keys and hit the track. I felt that I had gained so much personally from my years of trekking passion that I wanted to pass on the knowledge and to help others. I saw my six grandchildren growing up in a world greatly changed and that we all needed some way of temporarily getting “off grid” and closer to nature. But for it to have lasting benefit I found that I had to be off grid for more than overnight, to clear the mind and have new fresh thoughts it required several days off grid. Commercial organized walking tours were catering mainly to day pack carry, luxury accommodation, foods and no off grid. I wanted to show people that with new technology for trekking gear carrying a pack for several days and camping out was not onerous or uncomfortable. I also wanted to make it economically possible for everyone. So with the assistance of family and friends I have put together Simply Trekking and hope that those who experience one or more of our treks will continue to make multi day encounters with nature a regular part of their life.
A little more about each of the Simply Trekking team:
Marie Tatham (“Kiwi” my track name) – Principal & Owner
I grew up in the North Island of New Zealand on a sheep farm at the foothills of the Tararuas. At 19 yrs I travelled and settled in Western Australia. I did my first multi day tramp (NZ word for trekking) in my 30’s, continued in my 40’s and but have done most of my trekking in my 50’s and 60’s and intend to continue well into my 70’s and 80’s. I’m told by other oldies that you can make it just move at a slower pace!
I have a Degree in Education, Senior First Aid and in the process of completing Wilderness First Aid and Bush Survival Skills. Simply Trekking carries a Spot Gen 3 GPS emergency beacon and is in the process of purchasing another form of GPS suitable for international trekking.
Yoga became a daily practice very early in my life, through two pregnancies and into my older years into a very simplified form of yoga stretches. Meditation came into my life in my 30’s. I practiced transcendental meditation and later the ascension mediation technique which I have simplified into the walking mediation technique. Over the years I’ve moved from heavy pack carrying to the most Ultralight trekking gear that makes my multi day trekking such a doable enjoyable activity. Where have I been? Mainly independent pack carrying except the for Himalayas where it is day pack with guides and porters
- New Zealand – Milford, Routeburn, Kepler, Heaphy, Greenstone, Abel Tasman, Arthurs Pass, Nelson Lakes, Queen Charlotte, Whanganui River, Lake Waikaremoana and Tararua Ranges and the Tongariro Circuit.
- USA, the Rockies and Mt Rainer, Washington State and Denali NP Alaska.
- Himalayas – Nepal, Annapurna & Dhaulagiri treks, Everest Base Camp trek and Bhutan.
- Austria – the Alpine Lakes and Wales – Offa’s Dyke path
- Philippines – the rice paddies in the remote north; Indonesia – the jungle of Sumatra; and the jungle of Borneo.
- Greece – the northern mountains and their remote villages.
- Australia – Tasmania’s overland track; WA’s Bibbulmun Track and Cape to Cape.
Nina Caputo – Leader (daughter of Marie)
As a child Nina experienced lots of camping and day walking. But the highlight was at the age of fourteen years she joined me for six weeks trekking in New Zealand. We trekked the famous Tongariro Crossing (in the snow), Mt Holdsworth trig which is my home town NZ climb, the Abel Tasman Track, including 2 exciting days of sea kayaking, the pretty but very muddy after rains Heaphy Track and a very remote trail at Arthurs Pass that finished by us waving down the Southern Alps train to take us back to Christchurch.
She followed on with Western Venture and Outward Bound where she was challenged with planning and buying the foods for their days of trekking, canoeing and cycling with her peers.
At age 19 years she spent three months in Tasmania where she trekked the Overland Track, the extremely difficult South West track and other remote tracks.
Nina is married and mother of four children (4, 7, 10 & 13 years old) and she has a Degree in Family and Children Services and is working towards her Masters in Education, She is also a Joey Leader with Scouts. Nina is an experienced trekker and will be leading our Family Treks. She has her senior first aid and working with children certificate. She is also in the process of completing wilderness first aid or remote first aid and bush survival skills.
Kylie Sim – Trainee Leader
Kylie is passionate about making the natural environment part of her life, not just as a day walker, but as a multi day trekker. She was an employee in Marie’s settlement agency and she showed outstanding interpersonal skills that she is learning to put into practice to assist newcomers to multi day trekking. Kylie is married and has two boys, aged 11 and 14yrs.
Check out the journeys coming up and let us know of any other wilderness that you would love to explore.