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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 22 Mar, 2021 5:36 pm

Lophophaps wrote:I read about a person who said that the toothpaste tasted funny, and then realised that he was using hemorrhoid cream.

Did not. it was Deep heat rub
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 9:32 am

Phew. Thank goodness. Onya Kirky. Time to fall in love with Kathmandu all over again.

https://www.smh.com.au/business/compani ... 57d5w.html

Just how good is Australiaaaaaaaaa.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby crollsurf » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 10:43 am

Maybe a timely reminder to all those on the East Coast, leaving wet boots/shoes in the Sun until they've dried, can/will shrink your shoes. Great if the shoe is too big, not so good otherwise.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby rcaffin » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 10:53 am

leaving wet boots/shoes in the Sun until they've dried, can/will shrink your shoes.
Only if they are full leather or leather trimmed.
Totally synthetic joggers do not shrink at all.
Leather is obsolete.

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby crollsurf » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 10:56 am

My Dunlop KT26's shrunk in the Sun so I wouldn't risk it. Although I admit, they were left out for over a week
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby rcaffin » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 11:14 am

KT-26s have a leather trim. It can shrink.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby peregrinator » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 11:37 am

rcaffin wrote:
. . . Leather is obsolete.

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Feet are obsolete. Try teleporting.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby rcaffin » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 12:05 pm

I failed at teleport.
I prefer a grav-sled.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 3:16 pm

Teleport? Gravsled? Luxury! When I was a lad I had to walk 12 miles before breakfast to get water and 12 miles back, uphill in both directions. All we could afford was A-Frame packs, japara tents, and kapok sleeping bags. You young people don't know how hard it was then.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby rcaffin » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 3:28 pm

I sold my A-frame pack and I sold my kapok SB (long ago). I still have the Paddy-made Japara tent.
And I got rid of those damn Cadet boots!

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Kickinghorse » Sun 04 Apr, 2021 3:10 pm

Make sure its your car you’re trying to get into Hah! Prompted by the Vic thread re leaving your car, I returned from a walk clicked the remote and couldn’t work out why the doors wouldn’t open. Damn glitch in the system I thought. Whist thinking about the next move, noticed another car further down the CP, exact model, same colour etc with my number plates! :D

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Kickinghorse » Sun 04 Apr, 2021 3:47 pm

Apologies Mag Editors! Goes to show one should read the whole article not just sections to gauge its full intent and comment. :oops:

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Kickinghorse » Sun 04 Apr, 2021 3:51 pm

Wrong thread!!,

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby wildwanderer » Fri 16 Apr, 2021 7:01 am

Apparently I need to repeatedly learn this lesson. :roll:

Mobile phone batteries don't cope well in sub zero temperatures... resulting in fast battery drain and the phone turning off at inconvenient times.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lamont » Fri 16 Apr, 2021 11:56 am

That the bushwalking maxim "stop first if you want to look at something" is especially relevant when bushwalking in the dark.
It's amazing how looking off to the left moves the beam of your headtorch to the left also. Who would have thought it.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby ChrisJHC » Fri 16 Apr, 2021 7:08 pm

wildwanderer wrote:Apparently I need to repeatedly learn this lesson. :roll:

Mobile phone batteries don't cope well in sub zero temperatures... resulting in fast battery drain and the phone turning off at inconvenient times.
Yes, I’ve learnt to keep my phone in my pocket or in my sleeping bag in winter.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby ribuck » Tue 20 Apr, 2021 5:54 pm

I can't believe it took me three decades of bushwalking to learn this one. When packing away the tent, make the final roll towards the door. Then, you know exactly how to set it out at the next camp.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby rcaffin » Tue 20 Apr, 2021 6:04 pm

make the final roll towards the door
Funny thing is, I do the exact opposite.
That way I can peg out the windward end before unrolling the rest of the tent. The tent can NOT fly away like this.
When pitching a tent in a 100 kph gale, this is the only way I can rely on it working (from a lot of experience).

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Tue 20 Apr, 2021 7:41 pm

The important thing is to always roll it the same way.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Warin » Tue 20 Apr, 2021 9:21 pm

rcaffin wrote:make the final roll towards the door
Funny thing is, I do the exact opposite.
That way I can peg out the windward end before unrolling the rest of the tent. The tent can NOT fly away like this.
When pitching a tent in a 100 kph gale, this is the only way I can rely on it working (from a lot of experience).


+1.

Don't roll the tent tight .. you could have left something delicate in there. :oops:

Always peg out the fly extremities (at least one side) before putting in poles.

There is always a way of putting up a tent fly first, it may be awkward but it is possible even on an American tent. Similar for taking it down. Best to practice before you need to do it in rain.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby ribuck » Wed 21 Apr, 2021 7:19 pm

Warin wrote:Don't roll the tent tight .. you could have left something delicate in there. :oops:

Which reminds me ... if something small like a head-torch goes missing, it will probably turn up on the next walk when the tent is unrolled.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby wildwanderer » Wed 21 Apr, 2021 7:39 pm

ribuck wrote:
Warin wrote:Don't roll the tent tight .. you could have left something delicate in there. :oops:

Which reminds me ... if something small like a head-torch goes missing, it will probably turn up on the next walk when the tent is unrolled.


I found my mini swiss army knife attached to the ceiling lanyard in one of my tents. Of course this was 3 months after I had bought a new swiss army knife thinking I had lost the first one
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby stry » Wed 21 Apr, 2021 7:58 pm

wildwanderer wrote:I found my mini swiss army knife attached to the ceiling lanyard in one of my tents. Of course this was 3 months after I had bought a new swiss army knife thinking I had lost the first one


Nah- that's not the way I do it. I always search everywhere (well - everywhere that I think of :lol: ) for the missing item, wait for at least two or three months, and then buy a replacement.

Then something mystical happens. Within days of buying the replacement, the lost item appears :lol:
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Wed 21 Apr, 2021 8:04 pm

ribuck wrote:
Warin wrote:Don't roll the tent tight .. you could have left something delicate in there. :oops:

Which reminds me ... if something small like a head-torch goes missing, it will probably turn up on the next walk when the tent is unrolled.


Ahhhhh, that's where that little penlight is. Thanks.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Fri 07 May, 2021 6:20 pm

There are few more disconcerting sights when you're snuggled up warm and dry in your tent on a cold, wet night than something calmly swimming around in your water bottle.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Warin » Fri 07 May, 2021 6:27 pm

stry wrote: I always search everywhere (well - everywhere that I think of :lol: ) for the missing item, wait for at least two or three months, and then buy a replacement.

Then something mystical happens. Within days of buying the replacement, the lost item appears :lol:


Pessimism?
1 = none
2 = 1

I now treat loosing something the same way I treat getting lost. Sit down and make a cup of tea. :) Of course for that I need tea - tea bag, water, stove, mug... if any of them are missing then chocolate. Chocolate never goes missing, but it does run out.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby north-north-west » Tue 01 Jun, 2021 4:19 pm

ollster wrote:Just because the Forestry gate is open on they way in, doesn't mean it will still be open on the way out.

Just because the TasPAWS gate is open on the way in, doesn't mean it will be open on the way out the next day.
Which reminds me, I must leave a very complimentary review on Thousand Lakes Lodge's page, for the help they gave me this morning.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby Lophophaps » Tue 01 Jun, 2021 4:47 pm

Many years ago a 4WD went down a track for some distance only to find a locked gate which should have been open. From memory they thought that the gate at the other end may have been locked after they went in, so they decided to rationalise the gate to allow an easy passage. Surely land managers would drive down the track to make sure that nobody is trapped.
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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby crollsurf » Tue 01 Jun, 2021 5:19 pm

Lophophaps wrote:Many years ago a 4WD went down a track for some distance only to find a locked gate which should have been open. From memory they thought that the gate at the other end may have been locked after they went in, so they decided to rationalise the gate to allow an easy passage. Surely land managers would drive down the track to make sure that nobody is trapped.
Been there, had that happen more than once. From my experience there is no need to go off your nut. Your in there hands so be nice. Just explain what has happened and it gets resolved quickly (assuming you have mobile connection). A lesson learnt by the lazy sod who left the gate open in the first place. That's my experience but probably not everyone's.

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Re: Things I have learnt.

Postby rcaffin » Tue 01 Jun, 2021 6:28 pm

Nice ideas, but . . .
What if you have no phone connection?
What if you don't know who to ring?
What if they don't answer the phone?

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