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Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 18 Jun, 2020 11:04 am

I like the area, it was where I walked when I was a skinny teenager and in the Scouts. I packed very very heavy and this was a deliberate attempt to duplicate the difficulty of doing the Falls to Hotham trip this winter.
Cecile had been telling me that I wasn't up to the trip because I'd done absolutely no training.
She was right
But the trip was a fail mainly because I simply couldn't sleep. I've been on a CPAP machine for the last while and without one I only get small bouts of sleep before waking up and after 2 nites of 10 minute sleep patches I gave up.
Also the Burchell trail is a made up walk with no real destination and not a trip between points.
The recent rains have brought back much bird life but the whole area is still showing the effects of the extended drought
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby CraigVIC » Thu 18 Jun, 2020 1:53 pm

The Burchell is indeed a terrible walk, but some love it so who knows? Sorry to hear your walk was a bust. Any pictures of your bushcraft set up?
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby bigkev » Thu 18 Jun, 2020 2:14 pm

It was a better walk when it went from Steiglitz, now it seems a little contived as it winds around the bush seemingly just to clock up a bit of distance - imho.
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 18 Jun, 2020 2:38 pm

The bushcraft didn't happen but I did try out the saw as a trial for possible use on Snowgum.
Basically I tossed in some extra cord and my khukri at the last minute as well as the Silky.
I walked most of these tracks as a kid, some things haven't changed, just as many broken beer bottles as there were 50 years ago.
Still a lot of illegal shooting going on as well as people cutting firewood etc, I guess too few rangers and no overtime to go out after hours and catch people doing the wrong thing.
There is something about the smell of the BR after rain that's different to other parts of the country, it isn't just the normal petrichor either, but it was intermittent rain showers and sun and I really enjoyed the country.
Lots of road walking as I got The Boss to drop me at the main road
Wattles starting to blossom and the correas are spectacular at the moment
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 18 Jun, 2020 2:44 pm

The trial of the sleeping set up was successful and that was good.
While I got wet I also dried out very quickly and only needed my raincoat for about 15 minutes late one day.
I did need the DAS parka in the AM but partly that was due to my not sleeping and being run down.
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby commando » Thu 16 Jul, 2020 11:44 pm

What were the plans with the Kukri ?
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby Lamont » Fri 17 Jul, 2020 12:38 pm

Moondog55 wrote:I like the area, it was where I walked when I was a skinny teenager and in the Scouts. I packed very very heavy and this was a deliberate attempt to duplicate the difficulty of doing the Falls to Hotham trip this winter.
Cecile had been telling me that I wasn't up to the trip because I'd done absolutely no training.
She was right
But the trip was a fail mainly because I simply couldn't sleep. I've been on a CPAP machine for the last while and without one I only get small bouts of sleep before waking up and after 2 nites of 10 minute sleep patches I gave up.
Also the Burchell trail is a made up walk with no real destination and not a trip between points.
The recent rains have brought back much bird life but the whole area is still showing the effects of the extended drought

I reckon the fact you couldn't sleep doesn't mean fail. You went and stayed two days didn't you?
That's alright. Completely to be expected given your health.
I have found much of the walk like you to be boring as Bat-s_t but see sporadic amounts of wildlife too.
Koalas occasionally, mobs of roos and wallabys often. All at 'sparrows' though as I love walking out of the dark.
It's good for what you used it for -a good training walk.
Get down the coast and walk some steps with your ruckie on. I do it often for exercise.
See a few doing training/keeping fit -and then have that cuppa on the hill.
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby bernieq » Thu 23 Jul, 2020 1:23 pm

Can't tell you what that flower is, moondog55, but it's not a Correa.

I've walked with a friend who carried a portable cpap - something to consider (for shorter walks at least, given the addi tional weight).

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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 15 Aug, 2020 10:27 pm

Pretty sure it was a Correa of some sort, perhaps not. I'll double check my Brisbane Ranges floral guide if I can find it.
Certainly it isn't the common nursery "Dusky Bells" hybrid
It must be important tho as all the specimens were very heavily fenced in and protected by parks.
Just got a portable CPAP machine but now trying to find a wallet and weight acceptable 12V DC power source, they seem to be mutually exclusive search terms
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby north-north-west » Sun 16 Aug, 2020 8:31 am

It is not a Correa, and I'm not even sure it's Australian.
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 16 Aug, 2020 9:15 am

north-north-west wrote:It is not a Correa, and I'm not even sure it's Australian.

Interesting.
it isn't a Correa I checked, not sure how I could mistake it except I really only do food plants and edibles and then only the common ones.
But if it isn't a native why would Parks take such extreme measures to protect it?
Must try and remember to make some phone calls and ask the local office.
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby FionaShedden » Mon 17 Aug, 2020 10:10 am

Looks like Orange trumpet vine (Pyrostegia venusta)

Definitely not native. Very pretty and quite common though so not sure why they'd be protecting it. It is a nice dense home for birds though.
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby CraigVIC » Mon 17 Aug, 2020 10:20 am

Is this at Friday's md? Not sure if they are protecting it so much as it just happens to be growing in the regeneration area?
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Re: Brisbane Ranges FAIL

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 17 Aug, 2020 9:17 pm

Fencing is brand new looking and the plant is well established and quite old.
It's a solid woody shrub tho and not a vine or scrambler from my recollection
Maybe a left-over from the mine managers wifes cottage garden?
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