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Re: Worst equipped bushwalker you have encountered

Postby peregrinator » Fri 05 Apr, 2019 3:38 pm

. . . was me, many decades ago, doing the OLT in motorcycle boots. I don't recall it being all that problematic. The weather was beautiful every day. Unlike doing the walk again later, with "proper" footwear, and experiencing horizontal rain every day. I do recall that being a little problematic.
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Re: Worst equipped bushwalker you have encountered

Postby Lophophaps » Fri 05 Apr, 2019 5:57 pm

Did the boots have a motorcycle on the walk? If you had the bike it would be easy. There are speed limits of 80 km/h near huts.
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Re: Worst equipped bushwalker you have encountered

Postby north-north-west » Thu 11 Apr, 2019 10:55 am

Monday morning I was descending a well known and sometimes far too well used track. Had seen no-one over the last six days, and then the peace was shattered when heads began appearing below me. I quickly stepped off the track to let them pass . . . and pass . . . and pass. Obviously a tour group, all young people (late teens/early twenties) and, excluding four of the nearly twenty, not dressed for the wind, cloud, cold and snow flurries I'd walked through that morning. There were five daypacks between the group, others either had nothing or were carrying small items such as water bottles or cameras. One chap had a plastic Woolies supermarket bag suspended over his shoulder on a stick, in classic Snoopy hobo style.

I should probably add that I hope they coped OK but - no. The bush doesn't need so much cluelessness.
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Re: Worst equipped bushwalker you have encountered

Postby Son of a Beach » Thu 11 Apr, 2019 11:32 am

peregrinator wrote:. . . was me, many decades ago, doing the OLT in motorcycle boots. I don't recall it being all that problematic. The weather was beautiful every day. Unlike doing the walk again later, with "proper" footwear, and experiencing horizontal rain every day. I do recall that being a little problematic.


My first time on the OLT I wore an Akubra hat. Nice hat - I still have it and use it. But I've never taken it on any other bushwalks.

Thankfully, on that first OLT walk, there was no wind the entire trip and it only rained once during the late evening and night. So the Akubra turned out to be the ideal hat for that trip - just by shear luck.

(I also had a french braid on that trip, so the hat stayed on all day!)
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Re: Worst equipped bushwalker you have encountered

Postby gatesy » Sun 02 Jun, 2019 2:28 pm

When I did the Overland a couple of years ago, I came across a fellow (I was walking North, he was walking South being September) wearing jeans just outside of Frog Flatts.
He told me how wet and cold he was, although it was a sunny day, and he was sick of all his gear being wet except quote his laptop.
He asked me if there was a fire place at Pelion, and said he intended on lighting a fire in the hut to dry his gear. Somewhere along the way he said it was about his 15th Overland trip... What a DH!

Or... Umbrella man who I saw a few years later on the Overland. Some people in Pine Valley told me he was carrying an umbrella so he didn't have to apply sunscreen. He even carried his umbrella up Mt Ossa.
When I passed him, his arms were bright red with sunburn. :lol:
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Re: Worst equipped bushwalker you have encountered

Postby north-north-west » Sun 02 Jun, 2019 5:13 pm

gatesy wrote:He asked me if there was a fire place at Pelion, and said he intended on lighting a fire in the hut to dry his gear. Somewhere along the way he said it was about his 15th Overland trip...


Foourteen previous trips and he dooesn't know the set-up at Pelion?
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Re: Worst equipped bushwalker you have encountered

Postby Wollemi » Sun 02 Jun, 2019 6:57 pm

Two young Americans en-route to PNG to do missionary work, turned up late at Windy Ridge hut along the OLT - I was the only other person there. As I ate my dinner, I turned my headlight off occasionally to save battery power and/or for relief from my bright torch. It occurred to me that they were unpacking and setting up their bedding... to my light only. I did have fun with this, and turned off my torch a few more times - and they truly did stop then and there, their mad scurrying around - each time my torch was on. I offered them a loan of my headtorch - and they declined, then made jam sandwiches for dinner by my distant headtorch as I washed up, before rapidly jumping into their sleeping bags. She had a set of beautiful plush loose pyjamas... carefully unfolded, as they had been ironed.
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Re: Worst equipped bushwalker you have encountered

Postby gatesy » Wed 05 Jun, 2019 12:41 pm

Foourteen previous trips and he dooesn't know the set-up at Pelion?[/quote]

Couldn't spot the braincell on him
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