Find out what trekkers have to say about their journeys with Simply Trekking
"I joined Marie on a 4 day trek on a section of the Bibbulmun Track. I was confident from the beginning in Marie's experience and gained some valuable knowledge from her as we walked. Trekking "light" is an attractive idea, and although my personal gear was not the lightest, I would highly recommend hiring gear from Simply Trekking to make your experience more comfortable. I was especially encouraged by Marie's relaxed and calm walking pace and the feeling that I could walk at my own comfortable pace whilst enjoying taking in the details of the stunning forest and coastal environment. Feeling free to walk and talk, or walk and not talk and just be immersed in one's own thoughts and feelings was a very valuable experience for me. The track winds its way through some most stunning and varied terrain and the Walpole to Peaceful Bay section is certainly a delightful choice. Camping in the simple but functional huts, knowing there was drinking water at each site and following the excellently marked track made the hike a really positive experience. I recommend Marie as a leader and Simply Trekking to anyone who wants to leave the "wide busy highway" and follow a narrow and quiet path off grid into some beautiful wild places. You will be well cared for! "
I met Marie to hike a few sections of the Bibbulmun Track and 8 days on the Cape to Cape WA. Marie has a good hiking knowledge and experience. She is a great hiking companion whose enthusiasm and ability makes for a very enjoyable experience.
I have been on one 7 day walk and an overnight walk on the Bibbulmun Track led by Marie. I enjoyed her good companionship, her knowledge, her knowledge of many tracks in NZ as well as the little stretch after the walk.
I am pleased to recommend such an energetic, safety conscious and experienced trekker Marie Tatham in her endeavors to spread the joy of trekking with others. We have walked together on bush treks and her manner and knowledge with her friendly disposition have made every walk an enjoyable treasure.
Well organized, carefully guided trekking venture, most helpful where assistance is needed and most generous person. Well done, Marie.
I did the 2-day Mt Cooke Trek with Marie from Simply Trekking. I had previously enjoyed day hikes out in the bush and had always ruled out multi-day treks because of the weight of the pack I thought I would have to carry. Marie assured me that this would not be a problem for me with the weight being kept to a minimum with the right ultra-light gear. Marie was very professional in making sure that I carried only what was necessary and that my pack was correctly adjusted so as to be balanced and not cause me undue discomfort on the track. She also provided hiking poles and encouraged me to use them, especially on the ascents and descents of Mt Cooke. We stopped and admired the views from numerous vantage points, taking time to observe the various wildflowers and wildlife along the way. Marie shared her knowledge of the various species as well as giving me an insight into what to expect on the longer multiday hikes on the Bibbulmun Track (which she is very passionate about) as well as other hikes she is planning to do, both in Australia and overseas. As we walked, we compared notes on our previous travel destinations and places we were yet to go to. The overnight camp at Mt Cooke hut was an enjoyable experience, which we shared with numerous other hikers. The dehydrated food Marie provided was both easy to prepare and very tasty. Sharing stories around the hut and campfire was a pleasant way to end the day. We got up before daylight the next morning, repacked our gear and headed back up the mountain to see sunrise and have breakfast at the summit. As an added bonus, there was a full moon going down in the west as the sun rose in the east, both of which were well worth the early start. All in all, I feel that Marie provided an excellent hiking experience and would recommend Simply Trekking for anyone who is new to hiking or unsure about whether they can do it.
Bibb Track in the Spring 19 I joined Marie for 3 x 7 day treks in mid Sept to mid Oct for "the Best of the Bibb". She carefully crafted a very good program which visited a variety of eco systems. These included: rocky granite ridges (with extended views), river lands, deep forest, coastal plains and littoral foreshores, as well as some stretches through rolling farmland. This sequence saw us walk from Nth to Sth, catching the optimal blooms of the various types of wildflowers. These were often absolutely stunning, with fields of multi coloured flowers and shrubs accompanied by subtle perfumes. The wildlife encountered included regular interaction with quizzical Emus, startled wild Cats, lazy lizards, lots of Red Cockatoos squawking at us, and not too many snakes... Marie's expert knowledge of the region meant we were able to seamlessly catch “the right bus” or train to and from, and secure some interesting/quaint accommodation at the entry and exit country towns. I used her very nice B&B room in central Perth as a base between trips. In all a very professionally run set of trips, conducted in considerable style. Very Pleasant, with lots of enduring memories. Thanks a Bunch! Ian Sydney"