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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby walkon » Tue 20 May, 2014 8:44 pm

Take all sorts of batteries with you. You are always sure to find electronic equipment that they will fit into!

Well lately anyway.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby SteveJ » Tue 20 May, 2014 10:31 pm

Don't let your dog eat your Western Mountaineering sleeping bag

There is enough down in a Western Mountaineering sleeping bag to fill a lounge room which delays the anger of finding the dog has eaten your Vasque boots as well.

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Wed 21 May, 2014 11:19 am

Tortoise wrote:
north-north-west wrote:If there's a hard way up a mountain, I'll find it.
If there's an easy way, I'll find it on the way back. If I'm lucky . . . :roll:

You too, huh?! So what can we do about it???

The only solutions I can see are to stop walking or to go with someone who knows the easiest way up. Neither appeals. I'll just keep stumbling along in 'explorer' mode.
btw, have you ever noticed: the highest point on the mountain is always at the furthest end of the ridge from the main access point.
I vaguely remember one exception to that rule, but I can't remember what it was... perhaps it was in a dream. :?

kunanyi/Wellington? As long as you drive up.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Wed 21 May, 2014 11:21 am

SteveJ wrote:Don't let your dog eat your Western Mountaineering sleeping bag

There is enough down in a Western Mountaineering sleeping bag to fill a lounge room which delays the anger of finding the dog has eaten your Vasque boots as well.

That had me laughing so much I couldn't reply for at least five minutes. Thank you.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Earwig » Wed 21 May, 2014 12:09 pm

Son of a Beach wrote:If you ever lend your tent or stove kit to anyone, check it thoroughly when you get it back, or before you next pack it for a walk, to make sure there are no bits missing or broken!

... or the remains of their last meal. (I have a sad but true story about how my cooker was destroyed by food scraps).
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 21 May, 2014 4:44 pm

SteveJ wrote:Don't let your dog eat your Western Mountaineering sleeping bag

There is enough down in a Western Mountaineering sleeping bag to fill a lounge room which delays the anger of finding the dog has eaten your Vasque boots as well.


LOL! Would it be true to say that the dog was unhappy, down in the mouth?
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby MickyB » Wed 21 May, 2014 5:07 pm

Lophophaps wrote:
SteveJ wrote:Don't let your dog eat your Western Mountaineering sleeping bag

There is enough down in a Western Mountaineering sleeping bag to fill a lounge room which delays the anger of finding the dog has eaten your Vasque boots as well.


LOL! Would it be true to say that the dog was unhappy, down in the mouth?


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Well done Lophophaps.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby SteveJ » Wed 21 May, 2014 5:40 pm

Tee he tee Lophophaps.

NNW, glad some good came of it :-)
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby geoskid » Wed 21 May, 2014 7:19 pm

Lophophaps wrote:
SteveJ wrote:Don't let your dog eat your Western Mountaineering sleeping bag

There is enough down in a Western Mountaineering sleeping bag to fill a lounge room which delays the anger of finding the dog has eaten your Vasque boots as well.


LOL! Would it be true to say that the dog was unhappy, down in the mouth?


Yes, very good, must admit I was trying to think of something, but won't try and compete with that. :lol:
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 21 May, 2014 9:29 pm

geoskid wrote:Yes, very good, must admit I was trying to think of something, but won't try and compete with that. :lol:


Agreed. I don't eat sleeping bags either. Flossing is hard.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Mark F » Wed 21 May, 2014 10:10 pm

The best I could come up with was "a rover no more".
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Tortoise » Thu 22 May, 2014 10:07 am

When carrying large, heavy items in your very spiffy GoLite Pinnacle, don't forget that you last used it as a daypack - you need to unclip the bottom before the clips pop off under the weight. :cry:
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby phan_TOM » Sun 25 May, 2014 7:56 am

When you're taking photos on the beach and a wave comes mid-exposure, it's best not to leave the camera and tripod to fend for themselves as you run up the beach away from the wave. Things could go very very badly...

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Luckily my camera gear didn't go spearing into the shore break but it guaranteed I won't be doing that again. It's much safer to call the shot a loss, move the camera, and try again.

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Sun 25 May, 2014 4:59 pm

walkon wrote:Take all sorts of batteries with you. You are always sure to find electronic equipment that they will fit into!

And even if not, as long as there's a spare camera battery in there, your day won't be completely wasted. :oops:
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby walkerchris77 » Wed 04 Jun, 2014 2:53 pm

A survival kit is not a survival kit if you cant reach it.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Tuna » Fri 27 Jun, 2014 7:25 pm

Pandanus Palms are not strong enough for hammocks..
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Bubbalouie » Fri 27 Jun, 2014 7:33 pm

walkerchris77 wrote:A survival kit is not a survival kit if you cant reach it.

I hope you survived anyway :p

There's a story behind this, what is it if you don't mind my asking?
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby walkerchris77 » Fri 27 Jun, 2014 9:01 pm

This is just a saying one of my survival instructors said to me when I was in the army and has stuck with me. As well as never have your rifle more than a meter away . Dont have to worry about that anymore. As a result I always carry a small kit in my pocket and larger one in my pack.

There was a guy the usa who rolled his quadbike. He had a survival kit strapped to the back of the quad but could not reach it because the bike had pinned him down. If he had one in his pocket it may have helped him.

Also people have been know to wonder off to find a toilet spot and get lost or somehow become separated from their pack.
Its a lot harder to lose your pants than your pack.
Maybe im a bit over equipped but I feel a bit safer. You dont plan to be in a survival situation but with a kit it you can make a world of difference. Was also taught the 5 P's. Prior preparation prevents poor performance.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby icefest » Fri 27 Jun, 2014 9:25 pm

I'd heard of the 6 Ps...

The good thing about solo walking is that you can take your pack with everything with you when you go and poop. Extra safety and harder to get lost.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby walkerchris77 » Fri 27 Jun, 2014 9:28 pm

Yes normally it is the 6 ps for me to, but when I typed it in I got #$%× for the 4th p.
So I made it 5.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Bubbalouie » Fri 27 Jun, 2014 9:38 pm

Curiosity got to me, Googled 6Ps, this was one of the top hits:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_Ps_(military_adage)

So I guess I've learned that now.

Lesson from a few weeks ago:

Always pack a Mylar blanket.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby walkon » Fri 27 Jun, 2014 10:35 pm

icefest wrote:The good thing about solo walking is that you can take your pack with everything with you when you go and poop. Extra safety and harder to get lost.


Take your pack off when you go. I saw the results of an over balance once, definitely NOT pretty. Poor bloke carried that Nick name for years
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby walkerchris77 » Sat 28 Jun, 2014 3:21 pm

Lol . Could think of better things to land on.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby johnnymacfnq » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 9:51 am

Don't spray Bushman insect repellant on your expensive sunglasses.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby walkerchris77 » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 9:54 am

I agree, melts them almost. Wonder what it does to my skin...
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Dolerite Walker » Sun 06 Jul, 2014 11:06 am

You can never have too many plastic bags or rubber bands.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby headwerkn » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 12:09 am

Remember to pack tent poles.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby whitefang » Wed 16 Jul, 2014 7:05 pm

There is nothing better than a Snickers bar when you are feeling exhausted and demoralised.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby walkerchris77 » Wed 16 Jul, 2014 7:18 pm

headwerkn wrote:Remember to pack tent poles.



Lol. Must have been a fun night / night's
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Wed 16 Jul, 2014 9:22 pm

headwerkn wrote:Remember to pack tent poles.

Remember to check you have enough gas for the time you'll be out, plus a bit to spare.
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