Being out of action

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Being out of action

Postby gatesy » Mon 10 Jun, 2019 1:26 pm

Hi all

I haven't been able to bushwalk for close to 6 months due to unfortunate circumstances. I've gone a bit nuts not being able to enjoy the summer gone or winter.
I'm wondering what substitutes not being out bush for long periods of time? I've gone pretty blank for ideas.

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Re: Being out of action

Postby Eremophila » Mon 10 Jun, 2019 5:23 pm

Tough gig.

Picnics in a remote/non-touristy spot with a thermos and a good book? Or just meditating and soaking up the sounds of nature. Good if you have a "secret" place with a fair chance of no annoying types turning up. I imagine it could also be frustrating.

Do you have any kind of ETA for returning to bushwalking? I find the planning to be immensely enjoyable.
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Re: Being out of action

Postby ofuros » Mon 10 Jun, 2019 6:15 pm

As above, plan/research for future walks...plus give you a goal/list to work towards.

Car camp, cave walk, surf/river/lake fish, drive up to a lighthouse bluff and be blasted by the prevailing winds, collect oysters from a secret spot, spotlighting at night, sand between the toes on a deserted moonlit beach...

Improve you health, keep up a basic fitness routine...

Keep your mind busy with hobbies if you can't get out...I was off work for 6months with a back injury about 4years ago, tied flies for trout fishing, muck around with leatherwork, linocut printing etc etc in between lots of Physio. Stuff i was interested in, that usually got sidelined due to real world family/work commitments.
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Re: Being out of action

Postby South_Aussie_Hiker » Mon 10 Jun, 2019 7:50 pm

As dumb as this sounds, I use an app called white noise. Nature sounds/running water/crickets etc mixes that you can customise.

Falling asleep to those sounds can be surprisingly grounding when you sleep in a different city and hotel every night.

Maybe it will help maintain you in the short term!
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Re: Being out of action

Postby Huntsman247 » Mon 10 Jun, 2019 10:46 pm

+1 on improving health
Take up trail running and do it regularly.

Then your in shape for when you can go walking again.
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Re: Being out of action

Postby ofuros » Tue 11 Jun, 2019 6:31 am

Books can also broaden your knowledge of the natural walking world too...while your out of action.
Snake id, tracks & scats, birds of prey, Tasmania mammals, fungi, birds in general & their calls(internet), butterflies, spiders, waterbugs, nocturnal mammals etc etc...

Birds stop being just background noise, once you start identify their own individual calls as you walk along...
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Re: Being out of action

Postby north-north-west » Tue 11 Jun, 2019 12:08 pm

Depends on what your physical limitations are. Maybe find a quiet spot for a bit of car-camping? There are some isolated areas where you can go without much likelihood of being bothered. Just takes a bit of looking to find them.
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Re: Being out of action

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 17 Jun, 2019 3:18 pm

Yep I think this is where I have been for the last while myself.
Just getting over a long and debilitating pneumonia, misdiagnosed by my new GP at the local clinic so on the wrong AB for 2 courses.
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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