Winter Bushwalking and Mountaineering Program

BAM Winter will get you ready for the trails and mountains.

Keep active and gain skills over Winter.

Be motivated with the right group!

Get ready for your own adventures. Starts 21st May 2022


Would you like to take your hiking game to new heights?


Do you want to improve your knowledge of preparation and packing for multi-day hikes?


Are you ready to take your outdoor fitness to the next level?


Would you like to improve your knowledge and skills to help you be more confident in the outdoors?

This is the amazing Ascent Fitness walking and mountaineering program.

This program concentrates on the areas that will maximise your pack-walking experience, physical fitness and mental resilience. We provide a supportive group exercise environment and a private online space for the participants to share, motivating you during your additional, self- guided walking workouts that accompany the guided walks. We also throw in a good view (or two).

By the end of the program, you will also recognise a few mountains and plants and will have given your camping skills a refresh. You will know what to bring on a day walk, overnight camp or multi-day walk, how to pack your pack and how to adjust it to fit your body best. There are no weird and wonderful exercise regimes for you to complete. At Ascent Fitness, we literally walk our own talk. And so can you!

So much to gain.

Whether joining the program is for improving fitness, strength and knowledge, or just connecting with new hiking buddies, Ascent Fitness’ Bushwalking and Mountaineering program is a great adventure all by itself. And, the investment you make in yourself to be in the program is a down payment on your own adventures in the future!

For your investment you receive comprehensive guidance and support on trails, up mountains and online to enhance your program experience. You will be ready for more than you could have imagined!

We look forward to seeing you at the first step off!

Do I need bushwalking experience?

Introducing people to Tassie’s amazing outdoors is one of our favourite things!

 We will be there with you to guide, assist, support and encourage you. At the end of the program, you will be amazed at how far you have come and the skills you now have.

 Before the end of the program, we’ll also have a great packing session with equipment experts to make sure your pack fits as comfortably as possible.

So,  by the end of the program, you will know all the gear you need (and all the gear you don’t need!).

Bushwalking and Mountaineering – what’s the difference?

It’s a fair question! To us, bushwalking is putting on your pack and following trails where your feet are doing the work all by themselves. Your arms are along for the ride and you will be walking up hill and down hill all the way.
Meanwhile, you are mountaineering when you need to use your hands and feet to get where you want to go. You will be scrambling up and down rocks from time to time.
What mountaineering is not is rappelling off cliffs using ropes. That’s rock climbing and there isn’t any of that in this program.

This is Bushwalking

This is Mountaineering


Is there list of proposed hikes?

Tassie’s weather is highly variable, even more so in the colder months. Each week, we will be watching the weather and heading to where weather is best.

Is there a set time for the hikes?

7.30am departure is a good guide. But if there is a walk that is a bit further away from Launceston, we’ll be recommending an earlier departure for that session.

What time do the hikes end?

That can vary, but we intend to finish the hike in daylight.

How does info for each session get shared?

Once you have registered, you will be invited into a super secret Facebook group that is only for Winter BAM participants. That’s our communication hub.

Who is leading this program?

John Ralph is the owner of Ascent Fitness and leads walking fitness programs in urban, trail and mountain environments. Whether getting ready for distance walking events, pacing out some trail running routes, or just enjoying walking outdoors more, John has had great success in encouraging walkers to become fitter for life, more skilled for staying safe in the outdoors and more confident in the next adventure of their own.

He will train you for walking in Tassie’s special places and get you ready for your own upcoming adventures.  His goal is to see you improve grow your fitness, knowledge and confidence for outdoor adventures.


Do I need to be fit to participate in this training program?

For many of Ascent Fitness’ walking programs, we’ll take you off the couch! But the Bushwalking and Mountaineering program needs you to come with a little bit of fitness onboard. 

 We will be heading to some of Tassie’s incredible, but remote places where we will need all contributing to a good time and, if the unexpected happens, be there for each other. But it is a program for bushwalking and mountaineering, not the special forces, so it’s not going to be extreme. 

If you are unsure if you are ready for this program, there are 2 people you should consider talking to: you can talk to John about what challenges are involved, then talk to your GP too. You might also consider the Ascent Fitness Walking Fitness Test which will tell John all he needs to know about where you are at.

Sign up now for Winter Bushwalking and Mountaineering! Register below, or contact John with any questions.

Key Dates

Each Saturday with a mix of half and full day hikes.
from 21st May 2022 for 7 sessions.
Your last Saturday Bushwalking and Mountaineering Training is 2nd July 2022.

In addition to the hiking sessions, there will be a “packing session” with the legendary Gary Hayes at Aspire Adventure Equipment – date to be confirmed.

Please note: The Bushwalking and Mountaineering Training Program includes extended periods of exercise and walks in remote areas on uneven ground.  Please consult your GP if you are unsure as to your suitability for this exercise.

I’m in! What does it cost?

This incredibly beneficial program is $630 payable with registration with an option of paying in 4 installments.

Complete the registration form with your payment below to secure your spot in our Winter Bushwalking and Mountaineering Training Program.

What happens after I’ve registered?

You will be added to a private Facebook Group which will help keep everyone informed.  Once that is set up, all notifications and updates will come to you directly.  If you don’t have a Facebook account, we will keep you up to date via text message to your phone.

Register for Winter Bushwalking and Mountaineering Here:

Your next adventure awaits

Register below to secure your spot and make payment.
Please call John on 0409 412 590 if you have any questions.

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