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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby WadeThrupp » Fri 12 Jan, 2018 7:54 pm

Watch me die on my FB page - https://www.facebook.com/trektrektravel/
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby neilmny » Sat 13 Jan, 2018 6:08 am

Good luck Wade, have a safe trip.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby GregR » Sat 13 Jan, 2018 3:26 pm

WadeThrupp wrote:Watch me die on my FB page - https://www.facebook.com/trektrektravel/


I'd prefer to "watch you try on your Facebook page" and succeed.....not die!

Good luck
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby Neo » Sat 13 Jan, 2018 6:19 pm

Cheers, liked & followed.
Have a great time.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby Mark F » Sat 13 Jan, 2018 8:14 pm

You have now avoided the worst thing that could happen - you never started.
"Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove".
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby GBW » Sun 14 Jan, 2018 7:52 pm

WadeThrupp wrote:Watch me die on my FB page - https://www.facebook.com/trektrektravel/


He's made it to O'Sheas alive...

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/fac ... Ht1PlDInAh
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby neilmny » Mon 15 Jan, 2018 9:13 am

GBW wrote:
WadeThrupp wrote:Watch me die on my FB page - https://www.facebook.com/trektrektravel/


He's made it to O'Sheas alive...

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/fac ... Ht1PlDInAh


It seems he is still there after 10:00am today but he did finish after 10:00pm last night?????
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby GregR » Mon 15 Jan, 2018 12:56 pm

GBW wrote:
WadeThrupp wrote:Watch me die on my FB page - https://www.facebook.com/trektrektravel/


He's made it to O'Sheas alive...

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/fac ... Ht1PlDInAh


At least he didn't give up on Fingerboard Spur like a previous English gent.

Go Wade
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby bigkev » Wed 17 Jan, 2018 5:05 pm

Hi Guys,

Is anyone else following Wade's progress on his spot page? I'm getting a little concerned about his progress (or lack there of). Anyone else got any thoughts on this, or has someone actually been in contact with him?

Once he leaves the Baw Baw Plateau the degree of difficulty ramps up substantially.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby GregR » Wed 17 Jan, 2018 7:17 pm

bigkev wrote:Hi Guys,

Is anyone else following Wade's progress on his spot page? I'm getting a little concerned about his progress (or lack there of). Anyone else got any thoughts on this, or has someone actually been in contact with him?

Once he leaves the Baw Baw Plateau the degree of difficulty ramps up substantially.


It is unusually slow.

But Not knowing his plans it's hard to say.

Maybe he is taking his time and filming the surroundings The lady who dropped him off , indicated on his Facebook page that he was filming the adventure. His 2 night stay at O'Sheas seemed odd though! Lets see what tomorrow brings.

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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby WadeThrupp » Wed 17 Jan, 2018 8:52 pm

Hi everyone, rest day at O'Shea's with fresh food around the fire.
And yes I'm filming this, it will take me longer but I have food for 50 days and nowhere else to be.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby bigkev » Thu 18 Jan, 2018 5:06 am

No worries Wade.

Good to hear everything is going OK. I've been enjoying watching your progress on your spot page.

Stay safe :D
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby onward » Fri 19 Jan, 2018 12:10 pm

Met Wade near the Mt Erica carpark on Tuesday 16/1.
He had a rest day at O'Shea's on day 2 and other than discovering the rude shock of carrying a 30kg pack up the 750m climb to the carpark he was doing fine. He seemed to have research his needs quite well and hence why his gear is so heavy (experience at least teaches you what you don't need), well plus a lot of camera gear. Yes, he is filming which uses up quite a bit of time and he certainly isn't in a hurry. Past him again (on my way back from Whitelaws Hut site) on Wednesday and he was powering along and aiming for Whitelaws that night. Love the youthful enthusiasm, strength and stamina and added to his bushwalking naivety I think he will be fine, unless he gets lost!
Good luck Wade looking forward to the video!
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby Neo » Sat 20 Jan, 2018 3:27 pm

WadeThrupp wrote:Hi everyone, rest day at O'Shea's with fresh food around the fire.
And yes I'm filming this, it will take me longer but I have food for 50 days and nowhere else to be.


Awesome!
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby GregR » Sat 20 Jan, 2018 4:16 pm

Just checked his progress- had a slight locational discombobulation 2 hrs ago, but is now tearing down the Trig Pt track heading for the Thompson river camp site.

Take No Prisoners Wade!
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby GBW » Sat 20 Jan, 2018 4:24 pm

It appears Wade zigged when he should have zagged on Upper Thomson Rd and ended up in a freshly logged area. Nice recovery though back onto Trig Point Track.

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/fac ... Ht1PlDInAh
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby bigkev » Mon 22 Jan, 2018 6:17 pm

GBW wrote:It appears Wade zigged when he should have zagged on Upper Thomson Rd and ended up in a freshly logged area. Nice recovery though back onto Trig Point Track.

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/fac ... Ht1PlDInAh


Looks like he zigged instead of zagging again today on the Thomson Jordan Divide Track and again ended up in a logging coupe (I found that intersection a little vague too) for a couple of hours.

I was watching his progress at work today, it's a funny feeling when you see someone going wrong but have no way of telling him, I was yelling at my screen but surprisingly that didn't help (it made me feel a little better though :D )

Tomorrow's issue will be where he has to leave an old benched walking track and head up the crest of Victor Spur, it's hard to leave a reasonable track to start a speculative scrub bash sometimes. He should be OK though Victor Spur Firetrack isn't far away. It'll be a solid day for him though.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby GBW » Mon 22 Jan, 2018 6:37 pm

The Victor Spur! It's got a couple of tracks heading left sorta parallel with the road...don't go that way. If you stay center up the spur you'll eventually rejoin the track.
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Postby DavidB » Tue 23 Jan, 2018 8:56 am

Too right. We started to veer off the Victor ridge as it seemed an easier way. Realised the mistake and a bit of off-track to rejoin the ridge line. The AAWT was there waiting for us.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby bigkev » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 11:27 am

Hi Guys,

Wade's going a fair way off-piste down at Black River. At the moment he is a fair way off the AAWT and heading away from it. It's pretty rough down there.....
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby bigkev » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 11:55 am

All good, he's back heading in the right direction again 8)
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby dashandsaph » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 1:01 pm

Hmm, I agree, Kev, a very weird slow motion spectator sport (?) and I think Wade is wandering South West now when he should be following the Black River North to the crossing at the bottom of the spur. My recollection from pre fire was the bush was pretty thick so I hope he's on a track. Hang on, he appears to have stopped heading SW so hopefully he is regrouping and heading back towards the track. Certainly brings back memories of my first stage on the AAWT, stumbling in Black River at dusk with a pack that was way too heavy.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby bigkev » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 1:32 pm

dashandsaph wrote:Hmm, I agree, Kev, a very weird slow motion spectator sport (?) and I think Wade is wandering South West now when he should be following the Black River North to the crossing at the bottom of the spur. My recollection from pre fire was the bush was pretty thick so I hope he's on a track. Hang on, he appears to have stopped heading SW so hopefully he is regrouping and heading back towards the track. Certainly brings back memories of my first stage on the AAWT, stumbling in Black River at dusk with a pack that was way too heavy.


Yeah, he's a bit bushed again at the moment. I think he's followed a tributary away from Black River. It's frustrating seeing him go wrong and not being able to tell him :?
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Postby neilmny » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 1:43 pm

He might have thought the tributary was the Black River and after crossing headed up stream.
He recovered fairly well from previous excursions he'll most likely recover from this one.
Might be lunch time too and he's found a nice possie for a break.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby bigkev » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 1:52 pm

Yeah, I think that's exactly what he's done Neil. You actually have to cross over the tributary on a log before you arrive at Black River, it sounds clear enough from here but in the valley surrounded by scrub and regrowth it's not so clear.

Wade's going OK though. Like you said he seems to be able to gather everything up and get on course again, which is good.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby neilmny » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 2:15 pm

He's off again heading back to Black River.
You should have had one of those spots with you Kev........could have been very interesting :D
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby bigkev » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 2:20 pm

Yeah, I was just thinking the same thing. I think Wade should ask for a sponsorship. I can see me buying one in the near future, my wife would definitely be happy if I had one.
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby onward » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 3:02 pm

He may be getting hungry by now. He told me he had 8 days' food until his first FD at Rumpffs; I make it 10 days now! He needs to stop zig zagging and put in a few kms. In fairness, being new to hiking, navigation and doing the miles (with a 30kg pack) were likely to be his weak points!
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby Drummo62 » Wed 24 Jan, 2018 3:25 pm

bigkev wrote:Yeah, I was just thinking the same thing. I think Wade should ask for a sponsorship. I can see me buying one in the near future, my wife would definitely be happy if I had one.


I used a SPOT tracker when I did Walhalla to Hotham. Wife and family love being able to follow from home but if you go off track it can cause some concern. I missed a turn and had to backtrack which caused my sister to ring my wife asking was I ok. Luckily I'd found some mobile signal to tell my wife all was good. At least the family know where I am and assume I'm ok if I'm moving.

Can now see how frustrating it would be watching from afar - at least he looks like he is back at the river
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Re: Rookie, whats the worst that can happen. ;)

Postby crollsurf » Thu 25 Jan, 2018 6:19 am

onward wrote:He may be getting hungry by now. He told me he had 8 days' food until his first FD at Rumpffs; I make it 10 days now! He needs to stop zig zagging and put in a few kms. In fairness, being new to hiking, navigation and doing the miles (with a 30kg pack) were likely to be his weak points!

Maybe that's what he was up to yesterday. Detour to pick up more food. Although he had a few good rests along the way, he was still walking at 11pm last night! so it looks like he's in the zone now.
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