Acceptable Swimwear?

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Acceptable Swimwear?

Postby bush_tux » Mon 14 Jan, 2019 12:38 pm

Hey all,

I'd like to keep my pack weight down so with that in mind, what's acceptable as (male) swimwear on the overland track? Do I need to take a dedicated swimming trunk or can I use my underwear? :oops:

I'm not sure so I had to ask :D
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Re: Acceptable Swimwear?

Postby Johnnie Walker » Mon 14 Jan, 2019 2:34 pm

I think the Kia Ora Hut is the one with the creek, everyone was swimming in underwear when I was there. Some even in the extra light mesh underwear.
We didn't see any swimmers at Lake Will or Echo Point and only a few brave ones at Lake Windermere (it was February and the water was freezing).
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Re: Acceptable Swimwear?

Postby bush_tux » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 8:45 am

Thanks for the info, I guess it's fine then :)
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Re: Acceptable Swimwear?

Postby bobcrusader » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 8:12 pm

I went basic Speedo's. Pretty lightweight and dry quick.
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Re: Acceptable Swimwear?

Postby bush_tux » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 12:12 pm

bobcrusader wrote:I went basic Speedo's. Pretty lightweight and dry quick.

What were others wearing? Did you see anyone with just their underwear?
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Re: Acceptable Swimwear?

Postby Hermione » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 12:40 pm

I've never seen anyone (male or female) with actual swimwear when out walking, certainly I just swim in my underwear or less depending on how many people are around. If you bushwalk enough you'll likely lose all sense of modesty because your priorities shift.I very hurriedly disrobed in front of a bunch of strangers the other week because I had discovered a tick and was a lot more interested in removing it and making sure there were no others, than I was concerned about strangers seeing me in a state of undress.
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Re: Acceptable Swimwear?

Postby bush_tux » Thu 17 Jan, 2019 9:27 am

Hermione wrote:I've never seen anyone (male or female) with actual swimwear when out walking, certainly I just swim in my underwear or less depending on how many people are around. If you bushwalk enough you'll likely lose all sense of modesty because your priorities shift.I very hurriedly disrobed in front of a bunch of strangers the other week because I had discovered a tick and was a lot more interested in removing it and making sure there were no others, than I was concerned about strangers seeing me in a state of undress.


I agree about the priorities thing. I feel the same. At the same time I don't want to offend people. And given overland is a bit mainstream I just wanted to make sure others do that. From the sounds of it, it should be fine to just wear my underwear for swimming. I don't want to add another 100gs for swimwear :D
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Re: Acceptable Swimwear?

Postby north-north-west » Thu 17 Jan, 2019 11:17 am

Swimming out to the island in Windermere doesn't count unless you do it starkers. ;)
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Re: Acceptable Swimwear?

Postby emma_melbourne » Sat 19 Jan, 2019 4:53 pm

I did the Overland Track at Christmas.

1) There were a number of places to swim. People went swimming in Lake Windermere. There's a swimming spot which is 20-25 mins walk backwards from Pelion Hut - I think it's near Douglas Creek along a foot track that goes past / near the Old Pelion Hut from how people described it to me. There's a creek conveniently right beside Kia Ora hut which was freezing cold but still lovely, and I had a swim there. (Be very careful with the mossy slippery rocks though) And then Fergusson Falls virtually everyone who walked down went for a swim. Again very cold water and very slippery mossy rocks and a few of us got small cuts and / or slipped on the rocks. Lake St Clair you can also swim in.

2) People went swimming in bikinis, in swimsuits, in board shorts (guys). And some went in their clothes in order to wash them and then hang them out and switched into their camp clothes. I didn't see anyone go in their underwear, but I don't see why you couldn't. No-one's going to arrest you. lol.

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