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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby GregG » Thu 08 Oct, 2020 2:16 pm

north-north-west wrote:There are more things an overenthusiastic pup can do on a bushwalk (even a short one) to make life hellish than are dreamt of in your philosophy.


Ahem, yes, very true. But of course you were giving it early training on responsible behaviour in the bush?
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Thu 08 Oct, 2020 2:34 pm

I was trying. We did a pretty good job on "don't bother other people" but "keep away from the edge" was a major failure.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby rcaffin » Thu 08 Oct, 2020 3:44 pm

Council regulations around Sydney (which have the full force of law), stipulate that a dog must be either on the owner's property or on a leash.
There is an exception for fenced 'dog playgrounds' where they can be off-leash, but there are no other exceptions.

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Ms_Mudd » Thu 08 Oct, 2020 3:55 pm

north-north-west wrote:I was trying. We did a pretty good job on "don't bother other people" but "keep away from the edge" was a major failure.

Hopefully it lived to tell the tale.
My dog comes running on trails in the state forest with me, he is not so grand at stay away from the edges either, but seems to bounce/scramble well. One day I am going to attach my gps watch to his harness, as I swear he does double or triple the mileage that I do, zooming ahead and then doubling back for me.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Thu 08 Oct, 2020 4:11 pm

Ms_Mudd wrote:
north-north-west wrote:I was trying. We did a pretty good job on "don't bother other people" but "keep away from the edge" was a major failure.

Hopefully it lived to tell the tale.
My dog comes running on trails in the state forest with me, he is not so grand at stay away from the edges either, but seems to bounce/scramble well. One day I am going to attach my gps watch to his harness, as I swear he does double or triple the mileage that I do, zooming ahead and then doubling back for me.

Fortunately he didn't actually go over which, given we were at the top of a reasonably substantial waterfall, was a good thing. But his chasing of bubbles over slippery wet rocks right to the edge of the drop-off probably shortened my life expectancy by a few years. Funny, but heart-stopping.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby crollsurf » Thu 08 Oct, 2020 6:37 pm

I think dog owners on the North side of Sydney have found a good balance with dogs off lead. I have never seen a dog in the National Parks. Only ever off leash in the reserves and rarely if ever off leash on the weekend.

It works well and the rules are there and can be enforced if need be.

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby rcaffin » Fri 09 Oct, 2020 8:40 am

Hornsby Shire.
We have had packs of feral dogs savaging and killing sheep several times and attacking cattle. They were just 'off-leash' overnight to have a run with their mates.

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Warin » Fri 09 Oct, 2020 8:52 am

I see quite a few dogs in northern Sydney National Parks. I even managed to report one to a ranger in person, that particular dog was menacing wild life in the park while the owner sat in their car.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Ms_Mudd » Sat 10 Oct, 2020 1:28 pm

Chasing bubbles potentially off a waterfall would be enough to shave a few years off anyone's life NNW
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Huntsman247 » Mon 23 Nov, 2020 3:53 pm

Bushwalking in a 40 degree day without much shade will turn a block of cheese into fondue.
However a sealed bottle of cream will keep for the day. You do get a bit of butter on top but otherwise perfectly whipable and delicious.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby crollsurf » Wed 25 Nov, 2020 4:21 pm

I have an alcohol trick that avoids getting out of bed at nights to go to the toilet, mostly. Get to camp, get nicely rehydrated and then have a couple of drinks. I find dehydrating slightly from the drinks means less chance of having to get up during the night.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Walk_fat boy_walk » Wed 25 Nov, 2020 4:52 pm

crollsurf wrote:I have an alcohol trick that avoids getting out of bed at nights to go to the toilet, mostly. Get to camp, get nicely rehydrated and then have a couple of drinks. I find dehydrating slightly from the drinks means less chance of having to get up during the night.
Is there anything booze can't do?

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby puredingo » Wed 25 Nov, 2020 4:58 pm

No there is not!!

It’s the cause AND solution to all life’s troubles....
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby JamesBrown89 » Thu 17 Dec, 2020 4:15 am

Warin wrote:I see quite a few dogs in northern Sydney National Parks. I even managed to report one to a ranger in person, that particular dog was menacing wild life in the park while the owner sat in their car.

You did the right thing. I absolutely do not understand those people who let their dogs walk on their own, especially if it is a large breed dog. It is generally worth taking dogs from such people.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Thu 17 Dec, 2020 6:41 am

Never underestimate the restorative effect of clean, dry socks.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Thu 17 Dec, 2020 6:58 am

Concur. Slip on the bread bags over the clean dry socks and feet into the wet runners.
Very very nice.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 17 Dec, 2020 9:43 am

I go a step further. Despite the weight I like dry camp shoes and dry socks. One trip I saw a party of about 15 people, a lot of their gear very wet, including sleeping bags and maps. They had small camp stools, three legs. Most did not have camp shoes and were walking around the hut in bare feet, quite black and quite gross. According to the bathroom scales my camp shoes weigh 79 kilograms.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby rcaffin » Thu 17 Dec, 2020 9:53 am

79 kg - was that with you in them?
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 17 Dec, 2020 10:12 am

I have just learned that when weighing my shoes I should not be in them.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Thu 17 Dec, 2020 12:23 pm

Look, Lops, this is the Century of the Fruitbat. If you want to be in your shoes when you weigh them, you can. We fully support all such person choices, preferences and decisions.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Thu 17 Dec, 2020 12:33 pm

Lophophaps wrote:I have just learned that when weighing my shoes I should not be in them.


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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 17 Dec, 2020 3:30 pm

NNW, thank you. I'm learning a lot on this thread.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Sat 26 Dec, 2020 10:32 am

It's not really chrissy unless you get at least one bit of bushwalking gear as a present (even if you have to buy it yourself).
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby wildwanderer » Sat 26 Dec, 2020 1:07 pm

Lophophaps wrote:I go a step further. Despite the weight I like dry camp shoes and dry socks.


I concur but I learnt that when you're camped in sloping terrain UL Kmart slippers don't cut the mustard.

They have no lateral support so it's easy for your foot to slide off them sidewards when wandering to the loo. Almost took myself out and went rolling down the hillside in the dark miles from anywhere. It was -3c too! :lol:

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Petew » Tue 12 Jan, 2021 10:46 am

Try on women's clothing. I recently replaced my Macpac Nitro men's medium with a women's size 16. About the same fit and no annoying pocket.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby commando » Fri 29 Jan, 2021 7:18 pm

Petew wrote:Try on women's clothing.


As they say on X Factor "its a no from me".
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby puredingo » Fri 29 Jan, 2021 7:32 pm

When you get down to drink out of the creek...empty your shirt pockets first.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby GregG » Sat 30 Jan, 2021 2:55 pm

Hahaha. Whoops, there goes the new phone with all the navigation downloads on it. :) :) :)
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Kickinghorse » Mon 08 Mar, 2021 2:45 pm

Others have probably learnt this too but you always know if you’re first on track in the morning due to the unbroken face height spider webs!
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Postby wildwanderer » Mon 08 Mar, 2021 5:53 pm

Kickinghorse wrote:Others have probably learnt this too but you always know if you’re first on track in the morning due to the unbroken face height spider webs!


I usually pick up a small stick for this reason. I must look like a right weirdo waving it around like a lightsaber as I walk along the track. :lol:
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