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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Zapruda » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 3:20 pm

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Sat 02 Nov, 2019 6:16 pm

I once posted a "Things I have learnt" on my FB page that said:
"When taking off your scrub gloves, put them in a pocket. Then you won't find yourself halfway down a mountain out the back of beyond, suddenly realising they are *back there somewhere*."
To add to that: When putting gloves/beanie/anything else in a pocket, make sure that pocket doesn't have a hole in it. #anotherbeaniedonegone
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Warin » Sat 02 Nov, 2019 6:54 pm

north-north-west wrote:"When taking off your scrub gloves, put them in a pocket.


Gloves can be wet/dirty.

Best to have a loop on them ..and hats and socks ... so you can use a carabiner on them to fasten them to a belt loop or you pack..
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Huntsman247 » Sat 02 Nov, 2019 7:11 pm

Warin wrote:
north-north-west wrote:"When taking off your scrub gloves, put them in a pocket.


Gloves can be wet/dirty.

Best to have a loop on them ..and hats and socks ... so you can use a carabiner on them to fasten them to a belt loop or you pack..
If you're gloves are wet/dirty than chances are your pants are too. Lol.
Otherwise drink bottle pockets on your pack work well.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Mark F » Sun 03 Nov, 2019 11:11 am

Warin wrote:Best to have a loop on them ..and hats and socks ... so you can use a carabiner on them to fasten them to a belt loop or you pack..


Things hanging off your belt or pack are just an incitement to any demented shrub, vine or stick to attack.
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Postby north-north-west » Sun 03 Nov, 2019 12:22 pm

Errrr...if I might clarify...
I meant put them in a pocket as opposed to just placing them on the nearest shrub/rock/piece of ground. Tuck them in your belt, shove them down the front of your shirt, whatever - just don't separate yourself from them because you will forget to pick them up.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Sun 24 Nov, 2019 10:08 am

It's hard to get dirt out of your muesli scroggin went it spills. Don't put your coffee near your foot. Put the cap on your bottle of turps no matter what, when you set it down. ALWAYS look behind you when you set off.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Thu 05 Dec, 2019 9:25 am

Don't put your nice Pertex sleeve anywhere above a flame- no matter how small the flame. Swearing sub vocally.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Thu 05 Dec, 2019 9:28 am

Don't put your nice Pertex sleeve anywhere above a flame- no matter how small the flame. Swearing sub vocally.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby puredingo » Wed 11 Dec, 2019 8:39 am

Lamont wrote:It's hard to get dirt out of your muesli scroggin went it spills. Don't put your coffee near your foot. Put the cap on your bottle of turps no matter what, when you set it down. ALWAYS look behind you when you set off.


This is the word of our Lord. Amen.

The worst of this was once when I kicked over my little whisky bottle which directly pour its contents over my one and only cigarette.

Suddenly my mid-walk treat night took a sullen turn.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Wed 11 Dec, 2019 9:10 am

puredingo wrote:
Lamont wrote:It's hard to get dirt out of your muesli scroggin went it spills. Don't put your coffee near your foot. Put the cap on your bottle of turps no matter what, when you set it down. ALWAYS look behind you when you set off.


This is the word of our Lord. Amen.

The worst of this was once when I kicked over my little whisky bottle which directly pour its contents over my one and only cigarette.

Suddenly my mid-walk treat night took a sullen turn.

Nooooo!
Insert sobbing emoji here.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Petew » Thu 12 Dec, 2019 6:16 pm

Didn't try smoking a whiskey flavoured cigarette? Could have squeezed the nicotine infused juice out of it.....yummo.

Being an ex smoker I can only imagine your anguish.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby puredingo » Fri 13 Dec, 2019 8:52 am

Haha yeah, it's really only a situation us people who have or have had the grip of this vice can relate to. I'm not a full time smoker but, as I'm sure you know, when you want that fix you WANT that fix.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Fri 13 Dec, 2019 11:03 am

Kinda like Port Royal flavour/aroma?
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Sat 11 Jan, 2020 7:58 pm

When you accidentally (and fortuitously) stumble upon the right way to get to the top of a peak, go back the same way, regardless of what the maps say about potential circuits involving old logging tracks.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Mechanic-AL » Thu 16 Jan, 2020 12:44 pm

Pay special attention to the inside of socks, boots and gaiters before pulling them on of a morning.
Is there anything more infuriating than walking 2 metres at the start of the day and THEN realizing you have an extremely irritating twig, rock or seed stuck in there somewhere that is going to require the whole shooting match to be taken off again ??
AAaaaarrrgh !!!

( Oh.....and never attempt to walk even the shortest distance anywhere in the bush in just your socks. This is the quickest most reliable route to the above mentioned affliction ).
"What went ye out into the wilderness to see?
A reed shaken in the wind"?
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby ChrisJHC » Thu 16 Jan, 2020 3:21 pm

Mechanic-AL wrote:Pay special attention to the inside of socks, boots and gaiters before pulling them on of a morning.
Is there anything more infuriating than walking 2 metres at the start of the day and THEN realizing you have an extremely irritating twig, rock or seed stuck in there somewhere that is going to require the whole shooting match to be taken off again ??


Well, there was the time I was hiking the Great Ocean Walk and pulled my boot on and felt something in the toe area.
Took my foot out and shook out a very squashed snail!
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby CraigVIC » Thu 16 Jan, 2020 5:31 pm

Lucky escape, otways snails are carnivorous ;)
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Huntsman247 » Thu 13 Feb, 2020 4:38 pm

If you get bad food poisoning the night before a hard multi-day it's probably wise to postpone the trip until you feel 100% better. Murphy's law indicates your probably not going to improve any time soon.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby flingebunt » Thu 13 Feb, 2020 9:49 pm

If you don't care where you are, you can never be lost.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Fri 14 Feb, 2020 7:15 am

Anywhere is walking distance, if you have the time.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Fri 14 Feb, 2020 7:26 am

Don't forget the Picaridan. Especially in this windless muggy weather. My legs! Couldn't even stop to spend a penny!
You can outrun horse flies and mozzies but best not to try and spend that penny on the move trying to outrun the mongrels. So I've been told......
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Fri 14 Feb, 2020 12:37 pm

You can 't trust the co-ordinates on the peakbagging list. Not even on MJD's spreadsheet.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby sweetade » Sun 16 Feb, 2020 8:22 pm

Get your bucket list of walks done early in your life. You don't know what impairments your body is going to throw at you. I have a dodgy ankle at (only) 68 and probably won't be able to do multi-day treks again.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby puredingo » Fri 28 Feb, 2020 11:57 am

Moth's love expensive Marino!!
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Son of a Beach » Fri 28 Feb, 2020 1:53 pm

Bumble bees love bright blue clothes.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Sat 11 Jul, 2020 12:44 pm

1. A GPS screen does not provide enough light for walking at night.

2. A Second Arrow - possibly any two pole tunnel tent - can be rigged up to spend a night in with a single trekking pole rather than its own poles. Even above the treeline. You may be rather nervous during the night, as well as extremely grateful for the lack of wind, but at least it's shelter.

3. Never pack in a hurry when it's your first multiday walk for four months.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby GBW » Sat 11 Jul, 2020 1:57 pm

1. Don't attempt the Bon Accord as your first venture with new boots, wet feet and a 30kg pack, your heels will never forgive you

2. Panadol Forte and Betadine cures all

3. March flies have sharp teeth
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Huntsman247 » Sat 11 Jul, 2020 10:44 pm

If you use a gps, bring a spare pair of batteries. Especially on a day walk. You never know even your day might be longer than the gps' battery lifespan. Rather helpful when the end of than lifespan is usually in the dark.

Anyways, goodnight....
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby wildwanderer » Mon 13 Jul, 2020 8:53 am

When winter walking in misty river valleys don't save weight and bring a tarp. Once it inevitably gets below freezing you end up with frost forming on the inside of the tarp and substantial dew condensing on the outside of your sleeping bag.

Over multiple nights this starts to become annoying and you will worry that all that dew will eventually soak into your bag.

Better to bring a double wall tent, create a microclimate which will minimise the sleeping bag dew problem.

Huntsman247 wrote:
Anyways, goodnight....

Hope you weren't typing that from some damp camp cave after being benighted by your failing GPS! :D:
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