What Gear is Essential

Bushwalking gear and paraphernalia. Electronic gadget topics (inc. GPS, PLB, chargers) belong in the 'Techno Babble' sub-forum.
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TIP: The online Bushwalk Inventory System can help bushwalkers with a variety of bushwalk planning tasks, including: Manage which items they take bushwalking so that they do not forget anything they might need, plan meals for their walks, and automatically compile food/fuel shopping lists (lists of consumables) required to make and cook the meals for each walk. It is particularly useful for planning for groups who share food or other items, but is also useful for individual walkers.

Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby walkerchris77 » Fri 08 Jan, 2016 8:20 am

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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby Warin » Sun 14 Jan, 2018 3:41 pm

Alittleruff wrote:Personal/ First Aid needs some work.
Include- A space blanket... you know, just in case. And well, if you are even contemplating not taking a sleeping bag you may just need it! Also, a triangular bandage (multitude of uses for first aid)


A shirt or tshirt can be fashioned into a quite effective 'triangular bandage' and they usually already have it on. You will need at least one safety pin.

Alittleruff wrote:, some crepe bandages


Nup. Compression bandages for snake bites etc. You want more than one to cover a leg.

Alittleruff wrote:, tape, scissors, tape, bushmans/ airogaurd


Insect repellent is not first aid .. it is a comfort aid.

Alittleruff wrote:, hydration tablets, some water purification tabs as a back up to your straw (which you may get rather frustrated with, kind of like drinking heavy ice cream through a straw at McD's!). You will need some band aids


Band aids are unlikely to save a life short term, consider them to be comfort aid.

Alittleruff wrote:, and some gauze


Non stick.

Alittleruff wrote:, disposable gloves, and possibly some antiseptic creme


I prefer a powder - tends to stop the bleeding, making bandage application easier. In th etropics you want a powder not a cream nor a liquid.

Alittleruff wrote:and some alcohol wipes (can be used to help start a fire if you need in an emergency as well as the usual), Panadol


Panadol = comfort aid.

Alittleruff wrote:, aspirin (aspirin can be used in first aid to help anyone with a suspected heart attack, and well, you are in that age category, take some.) String can be handy too.


Strings is avalible from tent guys, laundry line, shoe laces.

Alittleruff wrote: First aid gear is a priority not an after thought.


First aid gear should be preceded by a first aid course. Preferably one that caters for your circumstance. Most courses assume your going to get help within 30 minutes, if your going remote at all it could be much longer than that and you'll want a much longer course.

Tip- use their first aid or any other gear of theirs for treatment - they are going to leave so their gear is not required. Your going to stay so your gear is required - including your first aid kit.
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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby rcaffin » Fri 02 Feb, 2018 11:47 am

Compression bandages for snake bites etc. You want more than one to cover a leg.

Not, mind you, that many experienced walkers have ever been bitten: we know to avoid. Excess weight.
Insect repellent is not first aid .. it is a comfort aid.

Yeah, right.
Band aids are unlikely to save a life short term, consider them to be comfort aid.

Funny - they are the thing that gets used all the time. I suppose it is' comforting' to not be dripping blood all over my clothing.
Aspirin

Just remember that some people are allergic to any NSAID (eg aspirin) and can easily die. The ambos have to deal with it all the time.

It may be worth remembering that First Aid is just that. It is not ER in a major hospital.

But I agree with the string, torn up clothing and safety pins. Rarely needed in practice, but negligible weight.

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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby peregrinator » Fri 02 Feb, 2018 12:21 pm

rcaffin wrote:
Compression bandages for snake bites etc. You want more than one to cover a leg.

Not, mind you, that many experienced walkers have ever been bitten: we know to avoid. Excess weight.

Roger


If you’re prepared to die for the sake of carrying 61 grams (just weighed mine), then . . . I’m lost for words.

Other than to ask, should I also ditch the PLB that weighs a massive 194 grams?
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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby Lamont » Sat 03 Feb, 2018 11:28 am

This is so, so easy- this little number
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Glantop-Alu ... wLbgT-fqJA
weighs about 130 grams (this is the slightly lighter aluminium but I have about 300-400 uses up and it is still like new), put your coffee inside and it is tiny. Got one for my daypack and one for my big rucksack. Sat on the beach at Point Addis this morning, 12ks into a 22km walk, drinking coffee from this- Perfetto!
If anyone wants the dimensions just ask. Ciao ciao.
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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby Zapruda » Sun 04 Feb, 2018 11:10 am

Lamont wrote:This is so, so easy- this little number
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Glantop-Alu ... wLbgT-fqJA
weighs about 130 grams (this is the slightly lighter aluminium but I have about 300-400 uses up and it is still like new), put your coffee inside and it is tiny. Got one for my daypack and one for my big rucksack. Sat on the beach at Point Addis this morning, 12ks into a 22km walk, drinking coffee from this- Perfetto!
If anyone wants the dimensions just ask. Ciao ciao.


Brilliant idea! And 130 grams is definitely worth it. Nothing like the smell of a Moka pot steaming away in the bush.
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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby Lamont » Sat 10 Mar, 2018 3:53 pm

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=8883&start=120
there is a picture of the little devil at the above link FYI
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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby slparker » Sat 10 Mar, 2018 4:06 pm

Zapruda wrote:
Lamont wrote:This is so, so easy- this little number
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Glantop-Alu ... wLbgT-fqJA
weighs about 130 grams (this is the slightly lighter aluminium but I have about 300-400 uses up and it is still like new), put your coffee inside and it is tiny. Got one for my daypack and one for my big rucksack. Sat on the beach at Point Addis this morning, 12ks into a 22km walk, drinking coffee from this- Perfetto!
If anyone wants the dimensions just ask. Ciao ciao.


Brilliant idea! And 130 grams is definitely worth it. Nothing like the smell of a Moka pot steaming away in the bush.

Just ordered one myself. Lighter than my aeropress...
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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby Lamont » Wed 28 Mar, 2018 5:06 pm

G'day Splarker,
apparently there is some variability in the weight according to crollsurf (his is a wee bit heavier-but he agrees with me it seems on the quality which is tops)so it may be a tad heavier but the size should be identical.
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=8883&start=120

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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby crollsurf » Thu 29 Mar, 2018 7:46 pm

Yeah, very happy with the Moka 1

My mobile phone is now essential, especially since I bought the new fandangle Galaxy S9+. These new phones, iPhone X and Pixel 2 included, are so good in so many ways. S9 is dust-proof and water-proof to 1 metre, so care free.

Navigation: If the map is downloaded, the response is immediate. The screen resolution is amazing. Accuracy is more than good enough.

Entertainment: The sound out of this phone is reasonable, even better sitting in a pot. A pair of buds, tuned to your hearing and they are excellent. Image quality is well above expectations if you want to watch a Netflix download in your tent at night.

Camera: Probably the best thing about these flagship 2017/2018 phones. They squeeze a lot out of a 12MP Camera, optical image stabilization and a whole lot of software working in the background. The screen works very well when lining up a shot, even in direct sunlight. Yes, with direct sunlight on the screen! Thats a little bit special when hiking. The S9+ has a 2x zoom, even better.
I would still take my 24MP compact for the money shots but it sits in my pack now, if I take it at all. For macro, around camp and happy snaps of views along the way, they give a quality good enough for your laptop or the average computer screen.

Other than a PLB, my phone is second on the list of essential gear. It wont stop you freezing at night though!
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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby Lamont » Thu 29 Mar, 2018 7:57 pm

Your camera shoots RAW too! Shoot one RAW+Jpeg. I like the RAW version slightly auto tuned using Snapseed on the S7 it is a bit bit less "refined."
Download Snapseed if you haven't already it is just perfect! -quick edit of the raw image and hey presto.
Camera still required ?...... maybe. For me, not any more.
I have printed A3 from the phone and the images from my S7 are good (which I have) and yours is quite a step up!
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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby crollsurf » Thu 29 Mar, 2018 8:11 pm

Lamont wrote:Your camera shoots RAW too! Shoot one RAW+Jpeg. I like the RAW version slightly auto tuned using Snapseed on the S7 it is a bit bit less "refined."
Download Snapseed if you haven't already it is just perfect! -quick edit of the raw image and hey presto.
Camera still required ?...... maybe. For me, not any more.
I have printed A3 from the phone and the images from my S7 are good (which I have) and yours is quite a step up!
Thanks Lamont. A quick search on RAW only returned apps that cost $$ or $$$. I'll give Snapseed a look.

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Re: What Gear is Essential

Postby Lamont » Fri 30 Mar, 2018 3:42 am

Forgot to say, Snapseed is free! Their RAW facility is quite new, it always edited Jpegs
It is really intuitive and so simple to use. Have a play. With a bit of mucking around you can put it on your pc. Cheers.
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