Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby Stroller » Thu 28 Jul, 2016 3:11 pm

Lop, ha ha i have never realised, until now, I was even supposed to be striving for 100kph!

and the sign is also a goodie.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Sat 30 Jul, 2016 5:20 pm

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This "WATER 1 MILE" sign looks so parched and thirsty to me. It's near Eucla and the WA-SA border.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Mon 01 Aug, 2016 2:30 am

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"If you hear a noise from upstream, do not enter." That would be OK, except that this sign is right near a waterfall where you always hear a noise from upstream.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Mon 01 Aug, 2016 5:45 pm

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Tsunami warning. The sign says "Know the warning signs. Walk quickly to higher ground." The authorities like to keep us calm, don't they?

The sign should really say "Know the warning signs. Run like f**k to higher ground."
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 5:16 pm

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Unusual hazard at Cambewarra Lookout near Nowra.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby Happy Pirate » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 8:57 pm

ribuck wrote:I think this sign is from the Six Foot Track, but they are all over the place wherever the NSW Department of Lands touched the bush around 1980.

The male silhouette I understand, but what's with the female silhouette? The bit at the top that points right - is that a beak, or is it some weird kind of rain bonnet that stretches back enough to cover her backpack (if she was wearing one). Or does she just have a head like a mis-shapen acorn? And what's with the female's arms and legs? The male looks as if he's striding forwards purposefully, but the female looks as if she's twirling around, about to head off in the opposite direction.

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She is obviously Amish, wearing the traditional head-scarf and coarse woollen tunic.
The Six Foot Track is a traditional Amish migration route for baseball-cap wearing, pack carrying Amish men and their trailing women-folk as they migrate between their ancestral mating grounds and their home ranges.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby Happy Pirate » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 9:10 pm

On the Viking - Crosscut Saw Loop:
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Wed 03 Aug, 2016 7:28 pm

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The weather was calm, and the air was dry as a bone. It was obvious that it wasn't going to rain. And the weather stayed like that all day.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 03 Aug, 2016 7:55 pm

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It's interesting that the distance to Broken Dam Hut is the same for both signs. The top one is at least 120 mm further.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Thu 04 Aug, 2016 5:27 pm

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You can climb on the walls. You can write on the walls. You just can't climb AND write on the walls. The Colosseum in Rome.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 04 Aug, 2016 6:49 pm

Ribuck, LOL!
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby puredingo » Thu 04 Aug, 2016 10:43 pm

But "Romans go home" is an order....
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby Stroller » Thu 04 Aug, 2016 10:56 pm

ribuck wrote:
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The weather was calm, and the air was dry as a bone. It was obvious that it wasn't going to rain. And the weather stayed like that all day.


I was going to make a quip on the fact of the forecast but i thought, nah, no one will get it.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Fri 05 Aug, 2016 7:29 pm

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This sign is at One Tree Hill in Auckland. I can sort of understand their concern about mountain biking. But to prohibit sliding down the hill just sounds mean spirited and misanthropic. This slope is grazed by sheep, which cause much more erosion than children sliding down the grass on their piece of cardboard.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby neilmny » Sat 06 Aug, 2016 8:43 am

ribuck wrote:........This slope is grazed by sheep, which cause much more erosion than children sliding down the grass on their piece of cardboard.


Careful it is UNZed, thou shalt not speak ill of the ovine!
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Sat 06 Aug, 2016 5:17 pm

neilmny wrote:Careful it is UNZed, thou shalt not speak ill of the ovine!

Yes, you are right, my mistake. I hope the sheep feel free to keep sliding down the slope on cardboard.

Actually I've just read the sign again, and part of it says: "These archaeological sites are being seriously eroded by sliding on cardboard and mountain bikes". So I think the erosion would mainly be caused by those who slide on cardboard and mountain bikes, and not by those who slide just on cardboard.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Sat 06 Aug, 2016 5:29 pm

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This warning sign, at the top of the Golden Stairs on Narrowneck, just seems over the top.

First we have that crazy logo of a man wearing a scuba tank and holding an epee, and a woman wearing a fencing helmet.

Next we have the only really useful sign, a cliff edge warning with a clear graphic that is recognizable to non-English-speakers.

But the rest of the sign is stupid. We have the word "Warning" in four languages, even though none of the other information is in any of those languages. Then we have three more signs repeating the "cliff edge" message: "Danger Fall Hazard" (because it's only dangerous in autumn), "Unfenced cliff edge", and "Take Care With Children".

Next there's a stupid exhortation to "Report accidents immediately", as if attending to bureaucracy is more urgent than helping the accident victim immediately, then reporting the accident later (if at all).

Finally we get a warning that we might be on Candid Camera, followed by the calming logo of the Blue Mountains City Council, even though there isn't a genuine city within 50km.

All the signage paid for by taxpayers of course.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Sun 07 Aug, 2016 3:28 am

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I found this sign in the bush below Medlow Bath, stuck onto a high voltage power pole that carries wires over the escarpment edge.

I thought it was really nice that the workers were so proud of their effort that they glued on a little home-made plaque.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 1:00 am

There are three of these signs in Bungonia Gorge:
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For you youngsters, note that this sign was made in the days when "cut-and-paste" meant literally cutting something out and pasting it down.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Mon 08 Aug, 2016 5:44 pm

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Every decade or so, a new type of sign construction seems to be tried by the parks authorities. The most common seems to be the router-carved letters in wooden planks, but some of the older specimens are now so lichen-encrusted as to have become unreadable. Before that we had signs painted on metal. Then there was the craze for those acid-etched metal signs that allowed text, maps and even photos to be displayed as black-on-silver. More recently we have seen a plastic substrate with multi-coloured screen printing.

But the longest-lasting of all are surely the welding-rod-on-metal signs that can still be found around Katoomba, looking pretty much the same as they did when they were installed. I don't know how old they are, but they were certainly there before the mid 1960s. They are vandal-proof and remain permanently readable.

The one above is from the top of the Golden Stairs on Narrowneck. It sits next to its modern replacement, which shows the same directions but with longer times for modern bushwalkers (e.g. the time for Scenic Railway via Landslide is 2hrs on the old sign and 2h30 on the new sign). There's another large sign like this at the Three Sisters, giving directions to the base of the climb. A newer sign has been bolted over part of the old sign, saying that climbing and abseiling are no longer permitted, but the old metal sign is still in good condition.

The sign below is one of many that are found within 500m of the base of the Scenic Railway. In the 1960s, when you bought a ticket for the Scenic Railway you would be given a leaflet providing the interpretive key for each of these signs (e.g "Turpentine Tree", or "1865 Mineshaft"). They have long since stopped giving out the leaflets, but the signs remain.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Tue 09 Aug, 2016 5:31 pm

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Some places get by just fine with "Low/Moderate/High/Extreme" fire warning signs. Above is a standard USDA "Smokey with a boner" sign. What could be clearer?

But category inflation is now so extreme in NSW that "Low" and "Moderate" have to be combined into one segment, and "High" is shoved way across to the left where it loses its visual impact.

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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

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On the south-west coast path in Devon, England.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby puredingo » Wed 10 Aug, 2016 8:40 pm

Damn, now I feel like a beer....and a Devon sandwich.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Wed 10 Aug, 2016 10:19 pm

puredingo wrote:Damn, now I feel like a beer....and a Devon sandwich.

Curiously, the manufactured meat known as Devon in Australia and New Zealand is un-heard of in Devon, where a similar substance is known as Luncheon Meat or even German Sausage.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Thu 11 Aug, 2016 5:09 pm

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I spotted this sign in Sydney. It seems to be prohibiting bushwalkers.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby Tortoise » Thu 11 Aug, 2016 5:55 pm

I think it only applies to bushwalkers who are being electrocuted at the time.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 11 Aug, 2016 6:45 pm

Tortoise wrote:I think it only applies to bushwalkers who are being electrocuted at the time.


LOL! Maybe it means no sweating.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby michael_p » Thu 11 Aug, 2016 7:26 pm

If wandering around the Old Coach Road area in Dharawal NP you'll see these signs along the fence. Wise words.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby ribuck » Fri 12 Aug, 2016 12:11 am

Notice how they've never managed to invent a red paint for signs that does not fade faster than the other colours.
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Re: Interesting Signs in the wilderness.

Postby michael_p » Fri 12 Aug, 2016 3:25 pm

No, I have never noticed that before. I will now. :D
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