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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Mon 15 Jun, 2015 9:39 am

Thanks very much for the comments.

Day 5 is done, it is my favourite day so far. I get a little bit excited a couple of times so I had to beep out a couple of 4 letter words so my daughter can watch it!

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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby South_Aussie_Hiker » Fri 03 Jul, 2015 8:21 pm

Day 6 on the way?
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Fri 03 Jul, 2015 8:33 pm

South_Aussie_Hiker wrote:Day 6 on the way?


Maybe this weekend :)
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby Travis22 » Fri 03 Jul, 2015 8:46 pm

Looking forward to it Dan!

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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby Strider » Fri 03 Jul, 2015 9:28 pm

Dan do you have a GPX file for the track in its entirety?

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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Fri 03 Jul, 2015 9:34 pm

Strider wrote:Dan do you have a GPX file for the track in its entirety?

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Certainly do, would you like it? I accidentally left in my pack a couple of times when I went on a couple of side trips but the main walk from Ronny Creek to Lake St Clair visitor centre is all there including the water falls, cradle summit, old pelion hut etc.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby Strider » Fri 03 Jul, 2015 9:36 pm

I would.love it! PM sent :)

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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Fri 03 Jul, 2015 9:43 pm

Strider wrote:I would.love it! PM sent :)

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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Mon 06 Jul, 2015 11:01 am

DanShell wrote:
South_Aussie_Hiker wrote:Day 6 on the way?


Maybe this weekend :)


Nope didn't happen this weekend....I doubt it will be next either as we have visitors staying with us all weekend...so maybe the one after! :lol:
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby South_Aussie_Hiker » Mon 06 Jul, 2015 12:44 pm

Where's the unfriend button around here? ;)

All good Dan. If your videos weren't so good, we wouldn't be asking for more.

Even just text trip reports take a lot of commitment and time. Video composition and editing, I imagine, takes it to another whole level.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby neilmny » Mon 06 Jul, 2015 4:37 pm

Great work Dan, I just started watching them and I'm only up to episode 2.
Thanks for going to the trouble of doing these, they are fantastic.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby MickyB » Mon 13 Jul, 2015 7:50 pm

Just finished watching all 5 days. You have done a fantastic job Dan. Well done. I don't generally like self commentary on 'home videos' but really enjoyed yours.
Good to see the weather wasn't too bad for you and you managed to see some blue cloud :lol: :lol: :lol:

DanShell wrote:I didn't go to Ferguson Falls as my notes suggested it was too dangerous and to be honest I wasn't keen on taking risks on my own so far from help


Can I ask what notes you were reading? Ferguson Falls are reasonably easy to get to. Just wondering if you got them confused with Cathedral Falls and Boulder Falls which are downstream from D'Alton Falls?
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Tue 14 Jul, 2015 11:04 am

MickyB wrote:Just finished watching all 5 days. You have done a fantastic job Dan. Well done. I don't generally like self commentary on 'home videos' but really enjoyed yours.
Good to see the weather wasn't too bad for you and you managed to see some blue cloud :lol: :lol: :lol:

DanShell wrote:I didn't go to Ferguson Falls as my notes suggested it was too dangerous and to be honest I wasn't keen on taking risks on my own so far from help


Can I ask what notes you were reading? Ferguson Falls are reasonably easy to get to. Just wondering if you got them confused with Cathedral Falls and Boulder Falls which are downstream from D'Alton Falls?


Thanks for the comments MickyB I would need to double check as I may have been wrong in regards to which falls I was warned off. My notes were from one of Chapmans books.

Yes that blue cloud is always welcome ;)
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby MickyB » Wed 15 Jul, 2015 6:50 pm

DanShell wrote:
MickyB wrote:Just finished watching all 5 days. You have done a fantastic job Dan. Well done. I don't generally like self commentary on 'home videos' but really enjoyed yours.
Good to see the weather wasn't too bad for you and you managed to see some blue cloud :lol: :lol: :lol:

DanShell wrote:I didn't go to Ferguson Falls as my notes suggested it was too dangerous and to be honest I wasn't keen on taking risks on my own so far from help


Can I ask what notes you were reading? Ferguson Falls are reasonably easy to get to. Just wondering if you got them confused with Cathedral Falls and Boulder Falls which are downstream from D'Alton Falls?


Thanks for the comments MickyB I would need to double check as I may have been wrong in regards to which falls I was warned off. My notes were from one of Chapmans books.

Yes that blue cloud is always welcome ;)


If it was Chapman's Overland Track book then he warned about visiting the two falls downstream from D'Alton Falls (Cathedral and Boulder Falls) :( . Fergusson Falls are easy to get to but if it makes to feel better they were by far my least favorite out of Fergusson, D'Alton, Hartnett and Pelion Falls.

South_Aussie_Hiker wrote:Day 6 on the way?


??? I'm very much looking forward to it.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Thu 16 Jul, 2015 11:11 am

Yeh it sounds like I may have read my notes wrong!

Ill do my best to get Day 6 finished this weekend, its a pretty long day as I walked from Bert Nichols out to Lake St Clair but Ill do my best to keep the video as short as possible ;)
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby Travis22 » Thu 16 Jul, 2015 2:09 pm

Longer is good :)

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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Sun 19 Jul, 2015 9:53 am

Day 6 is finally up. I haven't had time to 'proof' watch it yet so I hope its ok!



And just because I can't pronounce Narcissus properly doesn't mean I can't lift heavy things :mrgreen: And when I say there is going to be snow down to 'snow' Im not really sure what I was getting at!
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby MickyB » Sun 19 Jul, 2015 12:27 pm

Awesome Dan. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed watching all 6 days.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby walkabout » Sun 19 Jul, 2015 4:18 pm

Dan, thanks for the massive effort in producing these videos. I have enjoyed them all and look forward to the day when I, too, will do the walk.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Sun 19 Jul, 2015 6:02 pm

No worries. Thanks for the comments, I really enjoyed the walk and for those that haven't done it....well you need to do it :)

Ill definitely be doing it again but next time id love to share it with people who haven't done it.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby GPSGuided » Sun 19 Jul, 2015 6:35 pm

Brilliant. Welcome home! Thanks for the stories.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby corvus » Sun 19 Jul, 2015 8:17 pm

Good one Dan could recognise many spots on the Track and glad you decided to do the Whole Walk :) on our many OLT walks(son and me) we have used the Ferry twice ,on our our first walk then again 16 years ago we for some reason decided that a "sprint"was the go (too many people on the Track :roll: ) so we did Ronny Creek to WFV overnight then by- passed Pelion to Kiaora overnight on then onto Windy Ridge over night and on to Narcissus and out with the Ferry only to be stuck at St Clair Tenting for a couple of days waiting for the Bus to take us back home :D
In retrospect it is amazing what you can do if motivated and fit ,again Dan loved your trip report vids.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby GPSGuided » Sun 19 Jul, 2015 9:07 pm

What's the rule on the track to stay more than one night at a location?
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby corvus » Sun 19 Jul, 2015 9:26 pm

GPSGuided wrote:What's the rule on the track to stay more than one night at a location?


Don't think there is one.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby GPSGuided » Sun 19 Jul, 2015 11:25 pm

Thanks.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby Travis22 » Mon 20 Jul, 2015 12:05 am

Thanks Dan, just watched the final episode and once again loved every minute of it.

You have single handedly inspired myself to get out and do the OLT. A friend and i are in the process of booking it in for Nov/Dec this year.

Ive also decided to give Gas and go and will leave the mighty Trangia at home, instead im setting myself up with a cooking kit much like yours for this trip. I'll be sure to give the system a good work out first just to ensure im happy with it before taking it out there tho. (Different meals / im assuming with Gas the main aim is using it to boil water only - as opposed to really 'cooking' with the Trangia).

Thanks again,

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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Mon 20 Jul, 2015 12:38 am

Thanks for the comments gents.

Corvus I was surprised at the amount of people who were skipping huts due to time constraints. I liked taking my time. Except for the last day of course, it was close to my limit for time on my feet for a day.

Travis I have no issues 'cooking' in my pot. The back country meals only required water but I've since changed to strive food meals and they need simmering for a while. I'm happy to have inspired you, you will love the OLT, hopefully the weather is good to you. I'm a trangia to gas convert by the way. Can't beat gas and a titanium pot for weight and convenience.

I'm hoping to walk the south coast track at Xmas :)
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby Travis22 » Mon 20 Jul, 2015 1:19 am

Thanks Dan, yes your Trangia to Gas move was what prompted me too. The few discussions id read mentioned Ti pots werent as good to 'cook' in etc. so im glad to hear you have managed fine.

Regardless im sold for now. Ive been using Trangias since high school, but when i started thinking about my pack weight on the OLT, 1L metho in the red bottle + the weight of the Trangia Vs a 900ml Ti pot, stove and Gas... I couldnt help myself ;)

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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby DanShell » Mon 20 Jul, 2015 11:32 am

Yep same reason Travis. Its the fuel and bottle weight that converted me in the end. My little burner requires that I stir my meal very regularly when I'm simmering but its fine down low if stirred properly. I haven't tried baking with it yet like I did with the trangia. Im thinking it may not be possible. I can get the flame down really low but I think the titanium wouldn't like a prolonged hot spot on a dry pot.
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Re: Overland Track April 2015

Postby GPSGuided » Mon 20 Jul, 2015 1:19 pm

DanShell wrote:...but I think the titanium wouldn't like a prolonged hot spot on a dry pot.

Why? Ti is used in aviation, often on the tip of hypersonic aircrafts and missiles where the temperature can get to four digits. It has a very high melting point. Just go for it, cook and burn!
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