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Random off track

Postby Neo » Fri 19 Aug, 2022 10:57 pm

Hi does anyone just park somewhere and go walk off track for a couple of days?

Thinking it could be a thing to do, in lieu of (being able to) travel to known locations to bushwalk.

Carry the essentials and a topo as well as safety gear like filtration, first aid and PLB.
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Re: Random off track

Postby ribuck » Fri 19 Aug, 2022 11:07 pm

Yes of course! The Wollangambe Wilderness, behind Bell, is excellent for this because many of the ridges are tree-free. On Sandham Road there are lots of places where you can just park and go straight into wilderness.
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Re: Random off track

Postby Aushiker » Fri 19 Aug, 2022 11:27 pm

Neo wrote:Hi does anyone just park somewhere and go walk off track for a couple of days?

Thinking it could be a thing to do, in lieu of (being able to) travel to known locations to bushwalk.

Carry the essentials and a topo as well as safety gear like filtration, first aid and PLB.


Yep. When I used to lead walks for the Perth Bushwalking Club my monthly weekend backpacks were very much based on this principle.
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Re: Random off track

Postby Hiking Exped » Sat 20 Aug, 2022 6:50 am

Yep, it’s a regular option with me, often if I’m testing gear. A good way to test navigation skills too. :lol:
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Re: Random off track

Postby north-north-west » Sat 20 Aug, 2022 7:40 am

Of course. Find a safe spot, park, grab the gear and see how far you can get.
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Re: Random off track

Postby Son of a Beach » Sat 20 Aug, 2022 8:52 am

Not quite random for me. I look at maps and plan a destination and route before I head out.

I don’t always follow the planned route because once on the ground, other options may be more feasible. And I don’t always reach my destination. But I do always (so far) enjoy it (well some of it - sometimes it can get very frustrating).
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Re: Random off track

Postby Waratah67 » Wed 28 Sep, 2022 2:14 pm

100% do this. Some of my best walks have been done this way. You definitely need the skills though, I didn't start this approach until I had done about 10 years of traditional bushwalking. Good navigation and ability to adapt, respond and retreat are all essential.

Best areas for me have been the northern Blue Mountains, and Top End NT.
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