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South Coast Track

Postby dinna89 » Tue 16 Aug, 2022 11:32 am

I'm looking to do the South Coast Track in January, I don't have a good idea of how the weather will be at that time of year, observations from Dover show overnight temperatures of about 10 degrees, with a range of 5-15 degrees http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/ ... _All.shtml
Is this a reasonable reflection of typical overnight temperatures? I imagine the coast is more exposed so temperatures might be lower than this?

Also, Parks and Wildlife advise carrying in water, i'm guessing this is not needed?
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Re: South Coast Track

Postby philm » Tue 16 Aug, 2022 11:54 am

No need to carry water. There is normally plenty to be found in the creeks draining into the ocean etc. The water can be brackish so if you are inclined just filter it - we used a swayer squeeze.

Weather can be variable as everywhere else in the SW. We did the walk in Feb and it was hot with very mild nights (10 degrees C ) and up to 25 degrees during the day. You should be prepared for any weather and rain is common at some stage along the track - so know how to deal with and stay dry in wet weather.
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Re: South Coast Track

Postby dinna89 » Tue 16 Aug, 2022 2:13 pm

Yep, I'm definitely ready for wet weather, my main concern with temperature is bringing the right sleeping bag, i feel that I'll be sweating in a 0 degree bag, but a 10 degree bag might not be warm enough if I've misjudged the temps
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Re: South Coast Track

Postby philm » Tue 16 Aug, 2022 2:58 pm

Take the zero degree bag and open it up as a loose quilt if it is warm. You are always better with a warmer bag and regulating with zips and opening up but you can’t make a cooler bag warmer.
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Re: South Coast Track

Postby north-north-west » Tue 16 Aug, 2022 2:59 pm

Night temperatures could be anywhere between 15 and -5. Best option is a quilt so you can open it right up on the warmer nights. Or take the lighter bag and extra thermals/down jacket etc for the possible colder nights.
In other words, whatever you take it won't be perfect.
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Re: South Coast Track

Postby dinna89 » Mon 22 Aug, 2022 1:42 pm

Yeah, I think I'll got he zero degree bag, err on the side of warmth

thanks for he help, I'm sure I'll have more questions later
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