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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby puredingo » Fri 02 Nov, 2018 11:46 am

When walking with the otherhalf and starting to feel the incessant chatter is a distration from that solo, remote bush feel you are used to...start and argument, let it simmer to just under boiling point until she administer the silent treatment. Enjoy the serenity. When walk is over, praise with compliments of the achievment and just how impressed you are of her bush abilities, fitness etc...

But be warned: This is not a suitable undertaking for amatuers! things can go South VERY quickly, it's a fine line you walk frought with peril and if not handled correctly it could result in a back-track to the car and a miserable weekend all round. Good Luck.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby ribuck » Sat 03 Nov, 2018 12:58 am

puredingo wrote:When walking with the otherhalf ... start an argument, let it simmer to just under boiling point until she administer the silent treatment. Enjoy the serenity.

Puredingo, I have done some things in the bush that (in retrospect) were dangerous, but I've never attempted anything quite THAT dangerous.

But yes, after you become comfortable with solo walking in the wilderness, group walking never feels quite the same again.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Tue 20 Nov, 2018 9:08 pm

Never have a Clif bar more than three hours before the end of the days walking.

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby johnw » Wed 21 Nov, 2018 1:57 am

north-north-west wrote:Never have a Clif bar more than three hours before the end of the days walking.

There's a story in there that I'm still trying to figure out...
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Orion » Wed 21 Nov, 2018 3:24 am

I was wondering that too...


One thing I've learnt is to never have a Clif bar.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Wed 21 Nov, 2018 8:51 am

johnw wrote:
north-north-west wrote:Never have a Clif bar more than three hours before the end of the days walking.

There's a story in there that I'm still trying to figure out...


All I know is, three days running, I had one at midday and at three pm I crashed. It's like they have speed in them or something like that - there's a definite boost that hits pretty quickly but when it wears off it leaves you totally drained. Next two days, no bar, working just as hard, no crash. I don't think they're for me.

Orion wrote:One thing I've learnt is to never have a Clif bar.


This shall now be my default position. Once I've finished off what I bought while they were on special. Who was that so-and-so who told us about them being on sale at Woolies?
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Warin » Wed 21 Nov, 2018 8:58 am

north-north-west wrote:
johnw wrote:
north-north-west wrote:Who was that so-and-so who told us about them being on sale at Woolies?


Me. :mrgreen:
I think I have tried them before. They were ok for me, just a bit pricy. I think they are better than 'power bars' .. much better taste and look like real ingredients rather than a chemical concoction.
Mars and snickers are on special at the moment too... think I prefer the clif bars to them .. too much sugar?
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Orion » Wed 21 Nov, 2018 12:28 pm

Real ingredients? Clif bars are pretty much like most energy bars in that they are predominantly made from simple sugars.

I wonder why Clif bars in particular cause NNW to have sugar crashes?

I personally don't get sugar crashes. I avoid Clif bars because I find them inedible. I think they're supposed to be cookie-like but if so they're the world's worst cookies ever. To me they mostly resemble dog biscuits. I'd have to be starving to eat one again.

If you want simple carbs there are many other choices. But energy bars do have the advantage of simplicity. They're packaged nicely, they're appropriately sized, they reasonably balanced nutritionally for their purpose, and they have a good shelf life.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Wed 21 Nov, 2018 1:19 pm

Orion wrote: I avoid Clif bars because I find them inedible. I think they're supposed to be cookie-like but if so they're the world's worst cookies ever. To me they mostly resemble dog biscuits.


Never having eaten dog biscuits, I can't make a direct comparison, but there is something cardboardy about the taste, even when overlaid with mint. Eatable, but not particularly palatable.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Warin » Wed 21 Nov, 2018 6:33 pm

Well power bars look to have moved on from when I tried them last..
https://www.powerbar.com/shop-now/
Think what I tried were 'Performance Energy'
Ummm ... not for me. You can try them if you like .. some bicycle shops have them.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Orion » Thu 22 Nov, 2018 3:16 am

Yeah, it's all what you find palatable. I've mostly moved away from energy bars after getting tired of a number of different ones. All of those that I used to eat make me gag to think about now; I just burned out on each of them, usually after 1-3 years.

Oddly, the original Power Bars, what they now call "performance energy", I can still tolerate. They're basically a form of really bad taffy but for whatever reason I can choke them down, a full 17 years after I first tried one. I don't know why I haven't gotten sick of those like all of the others.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby doogs » Sun 25 Nov, 2018 7:51 am

not bushwalking related...but, never go for an eye test with a hangover :shock:
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Sun 25 Nov, 2018 10:26 am

doogs wrote:not bushwalking related...but, never go for an eye test with a hangover :shock:

I'm such a nasty person. Still laughing...
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby wobbly » Sun 25 Nov, 2018 8:14 pm

Advice from a guy I met on the GR11 who was carrying a far lighter load than me. Probably 5 kg to my 18 kg. "There's nothing lighter than money".
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Mon 26 Nov, 2018 6:57 am

Two bumper stickers from Victoria, Liberal and Labor Parties respectively:
I'm a Liberal lover.
Liberal lovers end up in Labor.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Wed 25 Sep, 2019 2:33 pm

Heysen Trail maps are almost useless for peakbagging.

Actually, those last two words are redundant . . .
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Huntsman247 » Wed 25 Sep, 2019 10:40 pm

Do not be stingy with painkillers in your first aid. Rationing painkillers in the middle of an hard offtrack walk after tearing your groin muscle is not fun.
Tablets aren't heavy.

Alternately, don't hurt yourself.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 8:11 am

Huntsman247 wrote:Alternately, don't hurt yourself.


I'm still trying to work out how to do that one. May be beyond my capabilities.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 8:32 am

ALWAYS CARRY A PINEAPPLE.
Or 20 at least.
Kembla as a last resort- too heavy.
BUGGER!@#$ add enough coffee to have another cuppa. Just ran out again. Will I never learn.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Warin » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 9:20 am

north-north-west wrote:
Huntsman247 wrote:Alternately, don't hurt yourself.


I'm still trying to work out how to do that one. May be beyond my capabilities.


Going slower .. should work.

I should try it... :oops: (he says with one blacking toe nail)
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Huntsman247 » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 9:46 am

Warin wrote:
north-north-west wrote:
Huntsman247 wrote:Alternately, don't hurt yourself.


I'm still trying to work out how to do that one. May be beyond my capabilities.


Going slower .. should work.

I should try it... :oops: (he says with one blacking toe nail)
Slow is not in my vocabulary. Well I suppose it is now as I'm limping everywhere [FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY]
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Petew » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 10:50 am

Blackening toenail? Don't wear more socks than you're used to in your old boots....
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Warin » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 11:24 am

Petew wrote:Blackening toenail? Don't wear more socks than you're used to in your old boots....


Fun aren't they? :?

Mine: too loose shoe laces.. too hasty in the morning.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Petew » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 12:12 pm

Fist day of a seven day walk. Switched to just wearing liner socks and was ok from then on. So pretty...
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Zapruda » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 12:31 pm

I miss when I had normal feet...
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Petew » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 1:21 pm

There goes your career as an international foot model....
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Zapruda » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 2:04 pm

Petew wrote:There goes your career as an international foot model....


The truth hurts. Lucky I have my beautiful hands
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 2:11 pm

Zapruda wrote:I miss when I had normal feet...


There is no such thing as "normal feet". If Eric Blair had been a bushwalker, he would probably have written that "...all feet are different, but some feet are more different than others."
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 3:02 pm

Zapruda wrote:
Petew wrote:There goes your career as an international foot model....


The truth hurts. Lucky I have my beautiful hands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxX3-rJoNI
Enough said.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Petew » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 3:18 pm

:)
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