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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 17 Jul, 2014 6:05 am

headwerkn wrote:Remember to pack tent poles.


Remember to take the right tent poles.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Dolerite Walker » Sun 20 Jul, 2014 9:05 pm

When cold and considering putting on another layer, first ask yourself: (i) is my neck covered ?, (ii) is my head covered?
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Dolerite Walker » Sun 20 Jul, 2014 9:08 pm

A blister is a small thing that can create a big problem.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 9:56 am

There is a limit to the number of steps you can take when you cannot clearly see the ground on which your foot is about to land, before you end up knee-deep in a hidden, water-filled hole.
This number is halved when walking in Tasmania.
And halved again in buttongrass.


An unsealed pocket collects approximately one cubic centimetre of detritus for every hour spent scrub-bashing.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby philm » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 12:57 pm

The greater the weight of cold weather gear in the pack the greater the chance the weather will be fine and you will never use it.

Bamboo socks and underpants once wet never dry (in Tasmania)

The earlier you arrive at the airport the greater the chance the plane will be delayed
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 1:14 pm

When pulling a walker out of soft mud, ensure that you are standing on something solid, like a rock, tree stump, a duck board or a person from another group. If you stand in the mud and haul the other person out, chances are that you will go down. There appears to be no truth in the rumour that some parts of the OLT boardwalk are built on dead walkers.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Earwig » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 2:14 pm

philm wrote:Bamboo socks and underpants once wet never dry (in Tasmania)


... or Victoria.
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Postby walkerchris77 » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 4:36 pm

Not good around pandas either
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby robertoman » Sat 27 Sep, 2014 11:14 am

Old favourite - Before leaving a campsite or lunch spot, always walk around and check for lost goodies. Then walk away, stop, and look once more. Surprising hats, cups, rubbish, spoons, bandannas magically appears.

New favourite - when arriving tired at a campsite in the dark, don't peg out tent upside down. It doesn't work very well
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby ErichFromm » Sun 28 Sep, 2014 9:51 am

Don't overfill your trangia burner: else you won't be able to open it and have three days of hassle trying to eat....
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby walkon » Sun 28 Sep, 2014 6:33 pm

Don't discuss the pros and cons of Apple products with their users. They are a mite touchy and hyper sensitive to constructive criticism with resulting nastiness, remember folks tis just a phone. It's not a new born child. Really it isn't! I'm not joking just calm down and take a few deep breaths
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Mon 29 Sep, 2014 9:22 am

robertoman wrote:Old favourite - Before leaving a campsite or lunch spot, always walk around and check for lost goodies. Then walk away, stop, and look once more. Surprising hats, cups, rubbish, spoons, bandannas magically appears.

New favourite - when arriving tired at a campsite in the dark, don't peg out tent upside down. It doesn't work very well


When leaving I do the double check as well. It also works when arriving, with some nice goodies to be found. I knew about pegging the tent upside down. It's not just me. One trip a mate bought the porch fly but not the main fly. It rained and he got quite wet.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby perfectlydark » Sun 05 Oct, 2014 5:35 pm

It was car camping but today I learnt dont wait too long to shove your hand in cold water after tipping your boiling tea over your hand.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Wed 11 Feb, 2015 8:10 am

It's a lot more fun taking photos than sorting and post-processing them.

Also, I take far too many photos . . . :(
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Mon 23 Mar, 2015 6:12 pm

Never try to traverse the Eldon Range in bad weather.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Chezza » Mon 28 Dec, 2015 9:55 pm

Close the small yellow shutoff valve on your Camelbak before doing up the compression straps on your pack. Failing to do so might see all your water squeezed out onto the grass in the dark, something you may not discover until a couple of k's down the track.

Also, if your pack feels unusually light when you start walking, "I must just be fitter than I think I am" is not sound reasoning.

Lastly, being dehydrated can ruin even the easiest of walks.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby robertoman » Tue 29 Dec, 2015 8:14 am

Don't sit on the bite valve of your hydration bladder on the train when setting out on an adventure. Sitting on a wet train seat with wet pants in early morning commuters is not fun
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby dingelberry » Tue 29 Dec, 2015 1:45 pm

If you touch
It will bite !!
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Earwig » Thu 14 Jan, 2016 10:46 am

headwerkn wrote:Remember to pack tent poles.


Do not separate tent bits.

My hiking partner split the poles and pegs from the tent we were to share to evenly spread the weight between our packs. The pegs went into my pack and the poles were strapped to the outside. The poles, of course, went missing. We finally located them - they had fallen off and were in the cargo hold of the plane, which was now in Canberra or Sydney or somewhere else a long, long way from Cradle Mountain. We were reunited with them the following day.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby ErichFromm » Thu 14 Jan, 2016 11:49 am

headwerkn wrote:Remember to pack tent poles.


If you have a new tent that uses hiking poles remember to bring them and not just assume because you are car camping you don't need them.....
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Strider » Thu 14 Jan, 2016 12:06 pm

Earwig wrote:
headwerkn wrote:Remember to pack tent poles.


Do not separate tent bits.

My hiking partner split the poles and pegs from the tent we were to share to evenly spread the weight between our packs. The pegs went into my pack and the poles were strapped to the outside. The poles, of course, went missing. We finally located them - they had fallen off and were in the cargo hold of the plane, which was now in Canberra or Sydney or somewhere else a long, long way from Cradle Mountain. We were reunited with them the following day.

Separating tent bits is fine. Don't pack things on the outside of your pack.

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Thu 14 Jan, 2016 12:50 pm

ErichFromm wrote:
headwerkn wrote:Remember to pack tent poles.

If you have a new tent that uses hiking poles remember to bring them and not just assume because you are car camping you don't need them.....

If you have a tent that uses trekking poles - don't lose the poles while walking! (No, I don't use such tents. But I do have a bad record with losing or breaking the trekking pole.)
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby perfectlydark » Fri 15 Jan, 2016 12:45 pm

Or make sure you have another way to erect the tent if your poles are lost/damaged, eg hang, will a stick work etc
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Fri 15 Jan, 2016 1:43 pm

Earwig wrote:Do not separate tent bits.

My hiking partner split the poles and pegs from the tent we were to share to evenly spread the weight between our packs. The pegs went into my pack and the poles were strapped to the outside. The poles, of course, went missing. We finally located them - they had fallen off and were in the cargo hold of the plane, which was now in Canberra or Sydney or somewhere else a long, long way from Cradle Mountain. We were reunited with them the following day.

I can't beat the geographical separation but I know of an intentional blunder.

Mt Feathertop in Victoria has several approaches, most notably the Bungalow Spur (up lots) and The Razorback (nearly horizontal). For those into suffering there's also the NW Spur,(up lots and very steep). Some decided on each of these, three parties, camping at Federation Hut, more or less where they meet. One couple decided that part of the tent should go up the NW and the rest would go across The Razorback. It was a close call, with a Razorback party member having to be evacuated by helicopter and fires nearly cutting off access to Federation. Oops.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby waggy » Mon 18 Jan, 2016 11:30 am

more is less..or is it less is more??
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Tortoise » Mon 19 Dec, 2016 3:54 pm

If your Sea to Summit gaiter strap has the coating worn off it, don't walk in snow. It takes a couple of minutes to get a cricket ball sized ice block on the fabric, making walking very... ummm... interesting. It is resistant to chipping with snow pegs etc.

I swung it around to the side for the photo, but normally it sits nicely under the sole of the boot.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby johnw » Mon 19 Dec, 2016 8:56 pm

Don't drop your improvised water bladder onto the rocks when returning to camp after fetching water from the creek :(
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby neilmny » Tue 20 Dec, 2016 6:13 am

Tortoise wrote:If your Sea to Summit gaiter strap has the coating worn off it, don't walk in snow. It takes a couple of minutes to get a cricket ball sized ice block on the fabric, making walking very... ummm... interesting. It is resistant to chipping with snow pegs etc.

I swung it around to the side for the photo, but normally it sits nicely under the sole of the boot.


Put some cooking oil on the strap. It's a trick used to stop doors from freezing shut on cars. Not sure how often you would need to re apply it though.
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